How to Clean Grout the Easy Way

There is nothing I love more than sparkling white grout lines! Against my better judgement, I have had most the tile in my house grouted with pure white grout. I love the contrast of the white with the beautiful tile. It just makes the best visual statement. However, I do live with 3 very active dogs and life brings dirt inside. There’s nothing more frustrating than dirty grout lines.

marble herringbone floor with dirty grout lines

Who has time to get on their hands and knees with a toothbrush (you know we’ve all been there) to scrub grout? Certainly not me! So, my biggest question was ‘what is the easiest way to clean grout?’

I can honestly say I have tried every method out there to keep these bad boys clean. I own every product out there, including a very expensive steam cleaner. Nothing truly cleaned them.

My friends, I have found the answer! I recently found the ultimate way to clean grout without scrubbing or all the hassle. When scouring the internet I ran across this article from FamilyHandyman recommending the best cleaning products for the home. One of their tips was to use a bleach pen to clean grout lines. But gel pens can be expensive. I knew there had to be a cheaper way…

A quick google search and there it was, Clorox Clinging Bleach Gel. It is basically the same thing, and they are half the price of the bleach gel pens (with triple the amount of product.) 

Keep in mind that some types of tile will react to acidic cleaners. Bleach and vinegar can possibly damage your tile or “etch” it. Martha Stewart (let’s be honest, her people…) recommend using such acidic cleaners sparingly as it can weaken the grout and cause water leaking issues. 

Since I don’t often clean these tiles, clearly, I wanted to give this a shot. It’s not the first time I’ve used a bleach cleaner on them either so I know they wouldn’t react. 

marble herringbone tile with dirty grout lines

Welcome to my master bathroom shower. The floor to be specific. These grout lines in here are constantly turning dingy due to our hard water. This would be the best test. 

Confession: I’m pretty sure I haven’t scrubbed these in months. Let’s see how well this stuff works!

To apply, I simply traced the grout lines and waited. 

Actually, I watched an episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I just LOVE the Fab 5… “yaaaassssss queen!”

Afterwards, I simply washed away the gel and what I was left with was AMAZING! Pure white grout lines. No scrubbing, no hassle. 

marble bathroom tile in a herringbone pattern with bright white clean grout lines
clean grout lines in a marble and white shower

There’s no photoshop editing or faking the results. They’re white! Considering I didn’t scrub at all, I’m more than pleased with the results.

I wanted to be 100% genuine with the results. One application, wait and watch a t.v. show, and poof instant white grout lines! This is the easiest way to clean grout folks! I won’t be spraying and scrubbing ever again.

A comparison of grout lines after being cleaned

Well there you have it. The size by side before and after helps see the results! Next time you reach for the brush and spray… don’t. Reach for the toilet bowl cleaner!


Happy cleaning!




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2 thoughts on “How to Clean Grout the Easy Way”

  1. WOW. When I saw the headlines my thought went to this product. I have used this and will continue to use it. Tried other methods but this works the best. Have used it on other items in the house.

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