Make a Natural Tile and Grout Cleaner Using Just Two Ingredients

Updated on February 24, 2023 by Joseph D. Nielson

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If you’ve been looking for a safe and easy way to clean your tile and grout, this article is for you! Fresh Home Guide has provided step-by-step instructions for making a natural tile and grout cleaner with lemon juice and baking soda.

Using just two ingredients, we’ll make an all-natural cleaner that will leave your tiles sparkling and fresh without the use of harsh chemicals.

So, without further ado, let us get started.

Benefits of making your own natural tile and grout cleaner

Making your own natural tile and grout cleaner is an excellent way to save money and protect the environment.

This recipe is simple to make with only a few basic ingredients and no special equipment. It is easy and convenient for busy households because it can be used on any type of tile and grout.

To make this natural cleaner, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingredients Needed for Natural Tile and Grout Cleaner 

Lemon Juice 

Lemon juice has natural astringent and bleaching properties that make it an excellent choice for cleaning tile and grout. Not only does it help to eliminate odors, but it also helps to disinfect surfaces and add a pleasant scent. When combined with baking soda, lemon juice makes an effective cleaner that can be used on any type of tile and grout.

Baking Soda 

Baking soda is an effective natural cleaner that can be used to tackle a range of cleaning tasks. It has mild abrasive properties which help to scrub away dirt, grease, and other debris from surfaces. Baking soda is also non-toxic and safe for the environment, making it an ideal choice for a natural tile and grout cleaner.

Other Optional Items 

You can also supplement your natural tile and grout cleaner with other ingredients. For a pleasant scent, you can add essential oils such as tea tree oil or lemon oil. You could also use vinegar for its antibacterial properties, or Borax powder for tough stains. 

These extra ingredients aren’t required, but they can certainly help boost the cleaner’s effectiveness.

Step by Step Instructions 

Preparing the Cleaning Solution 

  1. Start by mixing together ¼ cup of lemon juice and ¼ cup of baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Stir the mixture until it forms a paste-like consistency.
  3. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional) to give the cleaner an extra boost of fragrance.
  4. Stir the mixture again until all the ingredients are combined.

Applying the Natural Tile and Grout Cleaner 

  1. Saturate a sponge in the natural cleaner solution and use it to scrub the tile and grout.
  2. Allow the cleaner to sit for 10-20 minutes before rinsing away with warm water.
  3. For tough stains, add some Borax powder to the mixture and scrub gently using a brush or toothbrush.
  4. For extra shine and protection, you can apply a sealant to your tile and grout after cleaning.
  5. Once finished, rinse away the cleaner with warm water and allow the surfaces to air dry naturally.

Repeat as Needed

For best results, repeat this process as needed to keep your tile and grout looking clean and fresh. Natural cleaners are effective but may not be able to tackle tough stains or deep-set dirt and debris. 

If there is still dirt present after the first cleaning, use a stiff brush combined with the natural cleaner solution to help get rid of the remaining dirt. Make sure to regularly clean your tile and grout with a natural cleaner for an effective, eco-friendly solution.

Final Thoughts

It’s never been easier to make your own natural tile and grout cleaner. This recipe is great for keeping your home clean without using harsh chemicals and can be used on any tile and grout. 

With just two ingredients, you can keep your home clean without breaking the bank or harming the environment.


Q: How often should I clean my tile and grout?

A: It’s recommended to clean your tile and grout every 2-3 months. This will help prevent dirt, grease, and other debris from building up on the surfaces.

Q: Can I use this cleaner on colored tiles?

A: Yes, this cleaner is safe to use on any color of tile. Just be sure to test it in a small area first before applying it over a larger surface.

Q: Does this cleaner leave any residue behind?

A: No, this natural cleaner does not leave any residue behind when used as directed. Always remember to thoroughly rinse away the cleaning solution with warm water after use.

Q: Can I add vinegar to this cleaner?

A: Yes, you can add ¼ cup of white vinegar to the natural cleaner solution for added disinfectant and antibacterial properties. Just be sure to mix it in well before applying it to the tile and grout.

Q: Is this cleaner safe for use on marble or other stone surfaces?

A: Yes, this cleaner is safe for use on all types of stone surfaces such as marble, granite, slate, etc. However, it’s always best to spot test the cleaner in an inconspicuous area first before using it over a larger surface. This will ensure there are no adverse reactions with your particular type of stone.

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About Joseph D. Nielson

Former journalist and editor for various press groups, I now dedicate my time to reviewing products for the home and family life. When I get time to myself, I enjoy rock climbing, taking my dirt bike for a rip, and most importantly providing my family with the best home possible!