Tile & Grout – How to keep it clean the easy way

Cleaning tile and grout can be a nasty job, but it doesn’t have to be! I am going to share with you a simple secret on how to clean tile and to keep it that way.

I’m all about using non-toxic and natural cleaners in my home and have done so for many years. You don’t have to use powerful chemicals to get things clean and sanitized. The KEY is….PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE!

Here’s the deal, when it comes to shower tile & grout; you can’t wait for weeks between cleaning it. If you do, hard water deposits, soap scum and even mold will start to accumulate. Now you have a nasty job ahead of you, and one that most likely you’ll procrastinate until it gets REALLY bad. I don’t think anyone likes scrubbing their guts out on tile, I know I don’t. It’s exhausting!

This is how you keep your tile and grout clean

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So what is the big secret? I got this cool SQUEEGEE and I use it every day! Doing this one simple thing has made my life so much easier! When we added the new master bath onto our house, I swore that I would keep the tile clean from the get go. I haven’t had to do a major scrub job yet and we have had the new shower for almost four years now.

This squeegee is the bomb! Most shower squeegees are not very wide, and made of a plastic that really just smears the water around. This bad boy is wide (makes the process much quicker) and really grabs the water. LOVE IT!

It doesn’t come with a handle, but you can use any handle. You can cut a piece of 3/4 inch dowel 6 inches and you are good to go. I haven’t seen anything like it anywhere but on Amazon. I have one in each bathroom. Get a suction holder to hang it on.

What do I use to clean my tile and grout?

I make my own cleaner. I have tried several types of store bought “natural” cleaners over the years only to be very disappointed. They just didn’t do the job. So I started tweaking recipes I found online until I found something that really works.

I have a few cleaner recipes that I like. The first one is a basic tub & tile cleaner that is good for the tub, tile, toilet and sink.

The other one works really well if you have a lot of built-up water deposit residue, and mold going on. It’s not a totally green recipe, but so much better than using serious chemical cleaners like Lysol or Clorox.

Blue Magic Dawn Cleaner

This recipe is pretty common in the Pinterest world. It uses only two ingredients; Dawn dish cleaner and vinegar.  Many of the recipes on Pinterest call for much more soap, but I find them WAY to sudsy. You spend too much time getting rid of the soap slime.

  • 1/4 cup Dawn Dish Detergent
  • 2 cups hot vinegar

I like to recycle my Mrs. Meyers dish soap bottles for my cleaning products. The label works great for a measuring guide. (the bottom edge of the label is 1/4 cup).

Fill the rest of the bottle with hot (microwaved) vinegar.

Shake well and squirt on shower tile, toilets and sinks.

Turn on the fan, because it does smell quite strong!

Let it sit for about 5 minutes. It really works like magic.

I looked up the rating for Dawn on EWG’s website and it scores a D for being toxic to the environment.

If you wanting to know what cleaners to avoid and what ones are safe, EWG has a great article. It gives you a list of 10 cleaners to avoid, and 10 of the best ones to use. You can find it here.

My recommendation

  • Get your tub, tile and toilet clean with the Dawn recipe (if they are bad).
  • Maintain the tile by squeegeeing after each use.
  • Clean the toilet and sinks weekly using the tub scrub.
  • Monthly clean the tile with the tub scrub. (It is a snap if you’ve been squeegeeing)!

If you are getting overwhelmed with all that it takes to keep your house clean, you may find this cleaning system helpful.  This is a fun way to spread out all the tasks so they are doable.

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Remember, cleaning does not have to be a pain. Unfortunately, it IS something that inevitably needs to be done, one way or the other, but we can “choose” to make the process a joy!

Happy cleaning!

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I like to recycle my Mrs. Meyers dish soap bottles for my cleaning products. The label works great for a measuring guide. (the bottom edge of the label is 1/4 cup).

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Natural Bathroom Cleaner That Works – How to Make Your Own

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Are you looking for a natural bathroom cleaner that really works? Are you tired of wasting your money on products that just don’t cut it when it comes to cleaning naturally? I used to, until I started making my own non-toxic bathroom cleaners. It took me a while to try out and tweak many recipes, but I found a keeper and that is what I have used for the past 15 years or so.

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This recipe is for a creamy tub & toilet scrub that is easy to make and chemical free. I make a big batch of this up to save time. It makes approximately 12 cups of scrub. (about 6 – 16 oz jars).
 
This cleaner is great to clean your shower tile, toilets, sinks, and faucets. You are going to love it!
 
Are you ready to make up a batch?
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Items needed to make natural bathroom cleaner

  • Large inexpensive mixing bowl (the baking soda can etch plastic bowls, so I buy a big plastic bowl at the dollar store that I use just for this).
  • whisk
  • funnel
  • storage jars with squirt lid ( You can also use empty dish soap jars).
  • large measuring bowl or pitcher
  • teaspoon
  • measuring cup
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Ingredients Needed

  •  8 cups baking soda or 4 – 16 oz. Boxes
  •  8 TB/ 1/2 cup concentrated dish soap or 1/2 cup regular
    dish soap (half that amount if you have soft water)
  •  8 TB Vinegar diluted in 7-8 cups distilled water
  •  2 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil  (Other essential oils to use: Clove, Lemon, Geranium,
    Rosemary, Wild Orange)

Let’s talk dishwashing soap for a minute. You are going to find a big spectrum of what is “natural” and “non-toxic”. If you are questioning what kind of soap to use in your cleaners, you can go to the EWG’s website and see their ratings. The kind of soap you choose is all about how clean you want to go. I personally find Mrs. Meyers’s soap ok for my needs, I don’t use it all the time. It does a great job and smells yummy. It rates a “c” for mostly environmental threats. Now on the other end of the spectrum is pure Castile soup that rates an “a”.

How to make the Natural Bathroom Cleaner

In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, dish soap, and essential oils

Using a whisk, mix well to get all the lumps out

Using another bowl or picture, add vinegar and 7-8 cups of distilled water to dilute

(If you pour the vinegar directly into the baking soda without diluting, you will have a big bubbly mess).

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Slowly pour the liquid into the baking soda.

Mix well, working out the lumps.

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Using a funnel, pour the mixture into squirt bottles, mixing frequently between pourings.

This will be a little messy.  No worries. Make sure to mix between bottles, as it settles quickly.

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Take to the sink to rinse and then dry the bottles.

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BAM, there you have it.

You’re set for several months*

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How to store your Natural bathroom cleaner

Once you make up a batch of cleaner, you need to put it in something. It makes up about 12 cups. I like to use these plastic cylinder jars with a squirt lid. You can buy them here at a very reasonable price. You can also use empty dishwashing soap jars.
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Label Jars

I recommend labeling the jars. You may think you will remember what is in the bottle, but if you are like me, you will forget. You can simply use masking tape and a marker, design and print your own labels, or buy them already designed.
 
I have designed a set of labels for all of my natural cleaning labels that you may be interested in.
What I love about these things is that the recipes for these cleaners are printed right on the labels. No more searching for the instructions when it comes time to whip up another batch.
 
You can buy the PDF and print out your own.
OR
Buy the labels already printed on quality vinyl weatherproof stickers
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If you store the jar on its side, it will make the shaking process much easier.

***** Make sure the lids are on tight! If they are not, the liquid will leak out.  Add a little water when the bottle empties, to use up the sediment on the bottom of the jar.

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You will need to shake the bottle vigorously before each use, as it will settle.

(There are no emulsifying agents added).I turn it upside down and pound the bottom of the jar.

I have been using CLOVE essential oil along with the Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil in my cleaning products lately and love it!
I just made a batch of Tub Scrub up today and used Mrs. Myers new scent Bluebell, 1/2 tea tree oil, and 1/2 clove oil.  It smells fantastic! I am not a big fan of the smell of vinegar, and you can’t even smell the vinegar.
 
The dish soaps that I prefer to use are Mrs. Myers. Why not have your cleaning products smell nice.
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Natural Bathroom Cleaner That Works – How to Make Your Own

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A great non-toxic bathroom cleaner. Does a great job and easy to make.

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Total Time15 min
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    Ingredients

      •  8 cups baking soda or 4 – 16 oz. Boxes
      •  8 TB/ 1/2 cup concentrated dish soap or 1/2 cup regular
      • dish soap (half that amount if you have soft water)
      •  8 TB Vinegar diluted in 7-8 cups distilled water
      •  2 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil  (Other essential oils to use: Clove, Lemon, Geranium,
      • Rosemary, Wild Orange)
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    INSTUCTIONS

    1

    In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, dish soap and essential oils.

    2

    Using another bowl or picture, add vinegar and 7-8 cups of distilled water to dilute (If you pour the vinegar directly into the baking soda without diluting, you will have a big bubbly mess).

    3

    Slowly pour the liquid into the baking soda.

    4

    Mix well, working out the lumps.

    5

    Using a funnel, pour the mixture into squirt bottles, mixing frequently between pouring.

    6

    Wash off bottles and store laying on their sides. 

    7

    Shake vigorously before each use.

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    Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning

    DIY Yoga Mat Spray

    Non-Toxic All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

    Spring Cleaning in Style

    How to Maintain a Clean Orderly Home without Going Insane

    *If you sign up for my email list, you get the PDF with 13 tried and tested Non-Toxic cleaning recipes and tips.

     
    Have fun mixing up your own cleaners, and remember Cleaning Is A Joy!
     

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    Non-Toxic White Board Cleaner

    Non-Toxic White Board Cleaner

    To clean your white board, simply apply a few drops of lemon essential oil to a cloth and wipe. It will come clean so quick and easy. Quite amazing.

    Even if your white board gets drawn on with permanent marker, the lemon will take it right off!

    Love essential oils!

    For more information about essential oils,  send me a note!

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    side jar label

    Some jars work better to have a label on the side.