Using natural cleaning products is so important to me for my family's health. It became even more important after we brought a corgi into our home this past spring because he literally walks around the house licking the floor (don't ask, I guess it's a corgi thing!) I can't risk using chemicals, so I switched to using natural (mostly homemade) cleaning products.
One area I was stuck on was a grout cleaner that actually worked. We have white tile and grout in our bathroom and the tile was fast becoming black. Between our two dogs, our cat and ourselves, we manage to track in a fair amount of dirt.
I tried several different concoctions I found on the internet with varying degrees of success. It wasn't until I tried mixing some things on my own that I stumbled upon a recipe that really does work.
ALL NATURAL TILE AND GROUT CLEANER
(makes enough to do one large kitchen or bathroom floor or two small ones)
3 cups warm water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
Whisk the ingredients in a large bowl. Using a funnel, pour some into a squirt bottle to use full strength on dingy grout. Spray grout liberally.
Add some water to the rest of the cleaner in the bowl and use a mop to clean the entire floor. Let it all sit for 10-15 minutes. Using an old toothbrush, scrub the grout, then mop the entire floor again with clean water. Your grout and tile will be sparkling. Discard any remaining cleaner.
You will be able to sleep better knowing that your grout is clean and no harmful chemicals were used. Winston, our corgi, was actually drinking out of the bowl while I was cleaning - with no ill effects. Again, it's a corgi thing....