How often do you clean the tiles in your bathroom? These can easily make your bathroom look like barn, especially if you “forget” to scrub them. Also, let’s not forget that mold and mildew can cause serious health issues.
We give you a few tips on how to get your tiles clean.
Prevent mold and mildew growth
Mold and mildew grow easily in areas exposed to heat and steam. The grout in your bathroom creates an excellent environment for fungal growth.
All you have to do is reduce the moisture levels in your bathroom and kitchen. Wipe down the tiles after each shower and cooking, and you will never ever see mold. Don’t forget to open the windows once in a while. You can also use an exhaust fan or dehumidifier.
Soap scup helps mold and mildew grow on your tiles, giving them a great environment to multiply. Replace your conventional cleaners and personal care products with natural alternatives.
Bleach is dangerous
Chlorine bleach is probably the first thing that pops in your mind when you think of scrubbing that mold and mildew. Yes, it may be efficient in removing soap scum. Well, bleach may be the last thing you need in your home.
It discolors clothes, and inhaling its fumes may irritate your eyes, skin and respiratory tract.
According to a 2015 study released in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, passive and constant exposure to bleach increases the risk of developing respiratory condition and infection in children. If you use bleach regularly, your child has 20% higher risk of flu and 35% higher risk of recurrent tonsillitis.
Bleach affects our ecosystem in ways you can’t even imagine. It comes from the organochlorine family of chemicals that aren’t commonly found in nature. Moreover, these take centuries to decompose.
Bleach may just color the mold white, and you won’t see it any longer. Getting rid of mold means scrubbing it nicely. You need the cleaning product to get into the tiny pores of the grout in order to kill the root of the mildew. Use an old toothbrush, and wipe the tiles with washcloth or sponge.
Safe alternatives for bleach
1. Baking soda
Baking soda has gentle abrasive action, and it will lightly clean surfaces. You need a damp sponge and some baking soda. Scrub the tiles, grout and other surfaces in your bathroom and kitchen. Rinse with warm water and wipe clean.
When compared to other natural cleaners, vinegar is incredible versatile and effective. It inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria thanks to its acidic nature. Use it to clean soap scum, mineral deposits, water spots and other dirt.
Combine equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water, and spray the surfaces in your home. Let it work for a few minutes, and scrub well. Clean any residue with baking soda and vinegar.
Spray the mixture on tiles and glass as a preventative method. Do this before you get out of the shower.
Salt dehydrates mold and other single-cell organisms. Apply it on wet area, and it will do wonders.
If you are cleaning floor tiles or other flat surfaces, rub the surface with a damp cloth and sprinkle some salt. Scrub the grouted parts. Let it work overnight, and finish cleaning it in the morning. You can use pretty much any type of coarse salt.
4. Lemon juice
We use lemon juice to lighten stains and skin blemishes. Use this power to clean tiles and remove stains. Fresh lemon juice has an acidic nature, making the surfaces in your kitchen unfit for mold and mildew. For optimal results, combine it with baking soda.
Borax is a naturally-occurring product of the seasonal evaporation of salt lakes. Its pH value is 9.3, meaning it’s highly alkaline. You can use it to clean, disinfect and deodorize surfaces and areas.
How to use it? Same as baking soda. Get a damp sponge and borax powder and scrub.
Borax is all-natural and eco-friendly which makes it a great product for those who try to save the planet. It’s also recommended to those dealing with allergies.
6. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is used to sanitize cuts, but you can also use it as a fungicide and whitening product.
Combine hydrogen peroxide and white flour into a thick paste, and apply this on any grout and tiles. Cover with plastic wrap, and let it do its magic overnight. Rinse with cold water in the morning.
7. Steam cleaning
Steam cleaners can help you remove dirt, soap residue, bacteria and mold. There’s something about the high heat and pressure these release. These machines don’t use chemicals and other cleaning products which makes them a perfect option for those dealing with chemical and mold allergies.
Avoid using a steam cleaner on your silicone joints or anodized/enamel surfaces.
Top 4 homemade tile and grout cleaner recipes
If you are into going all-natural, use these products to clean your tiles and grout and prevent germs. You can make them ahead in batches.
1. Homemade bathroom cleaner
Combine baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and some liquid dish soap. Use the mixture on your tub, tiles, grouts and other bathroom surfaces.
2. Grout cleaner for tough stains
Combine baking soda, washing soda, borax and liquid castile soap. First, pre-wipe the area using white vinegar, and then apply the cleaner. Use it to remove stubborn dirt and mildew.
3. Citrus scented grout and tile cleaner
Bring the Mediterranean in your home. Combine baking soda, lemon essential oil and vinegar. It’s an excellent cleansing scrub for your bathroom.
4. Whitening scouring powder
You need baking soda, cream of tartar, borax and grated citrus peel.