By JustaQT on June 14, 2004
Photo by JanuaryBride
Photo by JanuaryBride
"A great and inexpensive substitute to commercial cleaners."
Serving Size: 1 (1864 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I have a medium gray textured tile kitchen floor with a very light gray grout. Five years of grime, coffee, tea, etc. has left it pretty nasty looking. Found this recipe and thought I'd give it a try. And WOW! It not only works, but it works great! My floor now looks like it did when new. I submitted a picture of the floor half done to show the results. Hopefully it'll be approved and posted.
Thank you for a great recipe."
"Wow, I am stunned. Easy, inexpensive, and best of all - it works! I made 1/4 of a batch and put it in a well-rinsed Kaboom bottle. The Kaboom had never touched the soap scum, but this formula dissolved it in under a minute. I took a tip offered by another reviewer and added two drops of air freshener oil so the scent was pleasant. I'm never going back to those harsh chemicals that trigger my asthma and don't work well - this has just become *my* cleaner! Thanks so much for sharing."
"A MILLION STARS - This is AWESOME! We are renting a house with old yucky kitchen tile. Throw in 2 yrs of living here with 3 kids and yucky grout!! I had tried a ton of products including an entire can of Scrubbing bubbles on just the grout and nothing even made a tiny dent. Now I have gone from black to white grout!!!!"
"I was skeptical, but not after I used the first batch!
1. This is the best floor cleaner I've ever tried; by a mile!
2. It got my stainless steel sinks absolutely gleaming with just a wipe
3. It renewed (actually lightened and deep cleaned) the ancient faux marble vanity tops in the bathroom
4. When I was done, I poured the bucket out in the toilet and it got that gleaming too!
5. I think I love you for sharing this 'recipe' :)"
"100 stars. . .ummm, can you say LIFE SAVER. You all will not believe this, but my hubby uses a LOT of Dial soap and that grease/soap scum has been lingering in our shower downstairs for about 4 years now as I try EVERY cleaning product on the market. Today out of desperation (because we need to re-grout it), I tried this recipe and didn't have any ammonia, but thought I might as well give it a whirl. . .it WORKED!!!! I so wish I would have taken before and after photos. This is fabulous and I will be using this from now on. You seriously made my day!!!! THANKS"
"This is a wonderful recipe, my light grey grout looks like new. I used a small toothbrush type wire brush and just wiped up the dirty solution. The only drawback is if you have a glazed shiney tile, the baking soda leaves a white haze on it that needs to be rinsed off. Well worth the trouble."
"What surprised me about this homemade cleaner is that the ammonia smell didn't linger once wiped off with a damp towel. Most of the store bought cleaners have a heavy chemical smell that lingers. If you have grout that is white then this cleanser will be perfect because it tends to leave a white residue (this was after wiping 2-3x with a damp towel). I left the grout cleaner on for about 20 mins before scrubbing my tiled bathroom floor and shower. When my husband saw our shower he said, "Wow! This looks like a brand new shower!" The tile was sparkling, the grout whitened (it didn't get all of the stains) and the tub was clean. Good stuff! I used half of the recipe for our master bathroom shower and floor (with a good amount left over in the spray bottle)."
"This just did not work for me...I tried scubbing with a tooth brush after letting it sit for a couple of minutes and I only saw a small difference;("
"Excellent! My kitchen floor looks as good as new. For those who complained that it does not clean the grout. It did for me... with a little elbow grease. Yes, you have will to use a brush and scrub, but if you use the spray bottle and soak the grout really well and let it sit for a few minutes, you do not even have to scrub that hard. After this dried, it looked like it did when we first moved in."
"This worked just as well as any purchased brand cleaner. I did find that it wasn't as tough on the grout staining as I would have liked, will have to stick with bleach for that, but great on the tiles, shower & bath."
"OMG!! This stuff is amazing! I just cleaned the grout in the house we just moved in and I'm disgusted by how much dirt I got up off the floor."
"This sounds amazing, but ammonia's too harsh for me. Does anyone know if you can replace it with hydrogen peroxide? I know you can use it in place of bleach for some cleaners, but I have no idea if it'll work as an ammonia replacement."
"Clean tile and grout + seal as an owner/operator for over 13 years in Las Vegas, NV...Keep doing this to your floors, watch your grout disintegrate...There are safe/practical ways in cleaning your tile and grout back to near 100% when first laid...Call a Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning company today! Very effective and efficient..."
"I believe ammonia and vinegar can form a poisonous gas. Beware!!!"
"This was amazing! My light green grout that had turned black was disgusting. Sprayed it on and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrubbed the grout with on old tooth brush and used almost no "elbow grease" and the grout looks brand new! Going to try it on my shower grout next!"
"This worked super well on the kitchen floor (have submitted a before and after photo - bit embarrassing how dirty the grout had become. Yuk!) Left it to work for 15 mins and then scrubbed with a toothbrush. Fantastic recipe although didn't find it as successful on bathroom wall tiles."
"I did not notice much of a difference at all. I had been using a very strong grout cleaner I got from the Home Depot, that really works....this one was disappointing"
"I have light blue & grey tile with silver grout and also made the BIG mistake of not having it sealed - AARRGH! So I am cleaning it now and will be sealing it myself when cleaned (all 4,000 sq ft!). I too have a Floormate & it just cannot get the grout clean (even with special grout brush attachments) when it gets too dirty - which is all the time with kids & lots of pets and a farmer husband. This stuff is FANTASTIC!!! Scrubbed with a grout brush with long handle from a janitorial store & rinsed with the Floormate. Halleluiah!!
BTW, to the lady with the dogs peeing - just rinse thoroughly after with straight vinegar or a vinegar water solution - usually you should not mix vinegar & ammonia in any cleaning solution because vinegar neutralizes ammonia - the combination turns into salt water (look it up - a chemist told me!). I tried it without the vinegar because I was concerned about that, but apparently the amount of baking soda eliminates that process in this recipe, and it did seem to rinse cleaner with the vinegar so I make the recipe as listed now.
Thank you JustaQT, you have saved much work, money & embarrassment over that ugly grout."
"I would probably give 3 1/2 stars if this were an option. It cleans reasonably well but only if you leave it on for about 15 minutes and then scrub a lot. I am not certain that the same would not be true of putting boiling water on for 15 minutes and then scrubbing."
"Wow...wasn't expecting it to work but it did! I had to scrub my floor grout a bit but I'm impressed."