Ugh, nothing grosses me out more than getting into my shower to discover that the grout has somehow gotten dirty seemingly overnight. Honestly this is kind of the way it is with mold and mildew. And when you’re dealing with a warm, humid, and wet place like a shower, it really only makes sense that it’s kind of a breeding ground for these things. One of the things that seems to be a constant problem in my shower is pink mold. This is especially true when it comes to the shower tile grout. I’ll be giving you the step by step process you need to clean your shower tile grout, but it also goes without saying that the more frequently you clean it the easier it will be to clean. Therefore, the easier it will be to keep it clean as well.
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To make cleaning your shower and your shower grout easier, it is also helpful to make sure that your bathroom is well ventilated. And, you should never take a shower without a bathroom fan running or a window open – or both! That way some of the moisture is able to escape.
With that, let’s talk about how to clean your shower grout the easy way!
First, let’s talk about the supplies you’ll need to clean your shower tile grout:
- baking soda
- spray bottle
- small toothbrush
- regular scrub brush
- all purpose cleaner with essential oils (this is my recipe)
- simple washcloth or rag
Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, you’re ready to move forward.
First, let’s look at the before. You’ll see my dirty grout & even the beginnings of pink bacteria & mold.
Clean the grout with no scrubbing!
- First, sprinkle the grout area on the floor with baking soda
- Then, spray just a small amount of vinegar over the baking soda using a light mist (it will bubble up)
- Walk away for 10 minutes
- If you’re cleaning grout on the walls, make a paste of baking soda and vinegar to the consistency of toothpaste.
- Use the small toothbrush to spread the paste onto the grout
- For both shower grout on the floor and shower grout on the walls, walk away for 10 minutes
Work with the paste
Whether cleaning the grout on your shower floor or your shower walls, spend a few minutes working the baking soda/vinegar mixture into the grout. Using small circular motions is best.
I use both the toothbrush and the regular scrub brush on this step. Sometimes I add more baking soda into the mix if I end up with too much vinegar.
Next, rinse away the paste
If you have a detachable shower head to work with, this task is easy. But if you don’t just use a simple cup or pitcher to wash away the paste.
Repeat this process if you still see mildew or mold in your shower grout
Follow the same process including letting the baking soda/vinegar paste mixture sit to work its magic for 10 minutes.
Now it’s time to disinfect your shower grout
Once you can see that the stains of the mold or mildew are gone, you’ll want to disinfect the shower grout.
The best way to do this is with a natural anti-bacterial cleaner that is also microbial. I use this all purpose cleaner HERE, and it is truly amazing for cleaning all kinds of things. It works wonders on cleaning water residue in the shower & on the shower doors and disinfecting anything like shower grout. There are no harsh chemicals, and it smells amazing!
To complete this step just spray all the cleaned grout areas with your all purpose cleaner. Use a washcloth or rag to really work the cleaner in and then wipe it away.
Spray down your entire shower
Give your shower a good rinse. Be sure that any residue or cleaner has been washed away.
How to make cleaning your shower easier
The easiest way I find (and time saving way) is to quickly clean your shower every time you’re in the shower.
Let’s face it, you’re in there anyway, and the best way to keep shower grout clean is to keep anything from growing. If your shower and shower grout are being wiped down every couple of days, it will be much more difficult for any mold or mildew to grow in the first place.
I find it’s easiest to keep a rag right in the shower. You can also use a squeegee to wipe down the water. Or, tucking these things into a bathroom cabinet can also work.
Keep it consistent
The key to making it easier to clean your shower is to keep it clean on a regular basis.
Shower grout can become gross quickly, but using these simple things you’ve probably got around your home anyway makes it easy.
And the best part is you can clean your shower grout with next to no scrubbing!