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I revived discoloured grout using natural homemade solution – not baking soda or vinegar


Grout fills the spaces between tiles and it is essential for creating a seamless tile appearance, often used in kitchens and bathrooms on walls and floors.

Most grout is porous, meaning it easily absorbs water, dirt and grime, which can discolour it quite quickly.

Not only does this look unsightly, it can also be a hotspot for germs and bacteria as well as mould.

I live in a hard water area meaning my bathroom is prone to limescale and due to having white bathroom tiles, the discoloured grout shows up even more.

To clean it, I decided to use a product in my cleaning cupboard which I had not used yet, citric acid.

Citric acid is a mild acid, effective and appropriate for descaling, and the removal of hard water stains and mineral deposits.

It is often derived from citrus fruits, such as lemons, and is available in a dry crystal or powder form.

I used Elbow Grease’s Citric Acid which is made from 100 percent natural ingredients, and available for as little as £1.49 for a large tub.

Only one scoop was needed for this cleaning hack, proving it to be a very affordable product to use.

To start with, I mixed one scoop of the cleaning ingredient with water until it turned into a paste.

I then used an old toothbrush head and placed the homemade solution onto the grout, lightly scrubbing it in.

Some of the marks within the grout instantly disappeared, while others required the solution to be left for around 10 minutes.

I didn’t do all of the bathroom grout in one go as this would have been incredibly time-consuming but working in areas helped to keep on top of it.

After 10 minutes, I simply gave the grout another light scrub before showering it off and drying the tiles.

Drying the tiles after a shower and opening the window are both crucial in making sure grout stays as fresh as possible.

I have also used Viakal to clean my grout before as well as using an £8 grout pen to touch up discoloured areas.

I would say the citric acid definitely worked the best out of all the hacks I have tried, as it was super quick and used natural ingredients.

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