The Secret to Cleaning Grout

I love our master bath shower.  It has beautiful floor-to-ceiling white/gray marble tile.  And, we have a seat, but the water just sits on the seat area so the grout had gotten so gross that I am almost embarrassed to write this post.  I am a super clean person, some may even call it OCD, but I could not keep our shower looking clean.  I tried the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, which I really like for tackling so many other cleaning projects, then I tried using vinegar and baking soda and all of these other crazy methods I found on my beloved Pinterest, but nothing seemed to work .  Then I stumbled on a blog post via Pinterest where someone used the Clorox Bleach Gel Pen to tackle this exact problem.  I know people say you can just use liquid bleach for a lot cheaper, but with it being a gel, it can be spread in the exact spot you want to clean and  left to sit so it really penetrates the dirt and grime.

Step 1:  Apply the Clorox Bleach Gel to the grout.

Step 2:  Let it sit for an hour.  You may need to reapply again if it is really bad.  I had a few spots that needed a little extra care.

Step 3:  Using a scrubbing pad, scrub the bleach off of the grout and rinse thoroughly with water.  When the gel washed away it seemed like a miracle…the grout was finally sparkly clean and white!  I will definitely keep this on hand.

Step 4:  Seal the grout using a basic grout sealer that you can find at your local hardware store to help prevent the dirt and grime from returning in the future.  Follow the instructions on the grout sealer.  I used this one.  They also have spray versions if you want to seal the tile as well.

Again, I’m embarrassed to share these pictures, but the after pictures make it so worth it.


Now we squeegee religiously after each shower!

Update:  I did this about 6 months ago and there are a few spots coming back (the difficult ones to remove) that are resurfacing.  But, other than that the tile and grout has stayed much cleaner for the most part.