Whether you have a tile shower, counter or floor you can quickly and easily clean your tile and grout by making your own cleaner. This guide contains homemade tile and grout cleaner recipes.
I have used several cleaners to clean my walls in the office, which still had wallpaper paste drips staining the painted surface below the paper border. It's easy to spot the drips when the light hits the walls surface. Regular cleaners that run down the surface make a mess. And since the cleaner hasn't had time to do its job, I've got to use a lot more elbow grease to get it clean.
The secret I have discovered for upright surfaces. Cleaning is easier with a foaming tub and tile cleaner like Dow Foaming Bubbles. It adheres to the surface giving the cleaner time to break down the grease or dirt. I also use it to clean under the hood of the stove, refrigerator walls, oven door, ice chest, etc. try it and you'll do a lot less scrubbing.
Source: I discoved one day when using Scrubbing Bubbles to clean in other areas of the house
By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX
I used Scrubbing Bubbles to clean the nicotine off the walls in my house when I bought it. Another trick to washing walls is to start from the bottom and work your way up. That way when water runs down the wall it won't leave a visible track later.
I almost didn't comment on this but in all good conscience I have to :-(
Yes, the foaming bathroom cleaners work wonderfully! I started using them about 1974 religiously for all the items you mention thinking, "Wow, this sure makes cleaning a snap!". Well, along with the harsh chemicals in these and other cleansers such as windex, bleach and many other chemical products such as pesticides, insect repellents, etc, etc, (which all accumulate in your body whether via skin or lungs) I was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 Emphysema at the age of 55 :-(
I just want to caution that you should never use harsh chemicals at all if possible and, please, do not use them in rooms where you can't open windows and doors and please also wear a mask when you do.
I am so sorry to rain on your parade but I don't want to see others possibly get lung disease when there are so many safe and natural items out there like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, washing soda, liquid soap, etc that will do the same job with a little extra elbow grease.
To clean icky grout, pour hydrogen peroxide on grout, and watch it bubble. After about ten minutes all the gunk will be loosened and will wipe away. And you don't have to be exposed to fumes or irritating and highly toxic chemicals. You can also use vinegar and baking soda, but this is easier.
I tried this - with a brand new bottle - and it did absolutely nothing at all! I left it on for a quite a while also.
Editor's Note: Some grout is sealed so it's possible that the peroxide could not actually get to the grout.
Will the peroxide discolor grout that is unsealed?
Here are two cleaners that you can make yourself and use to clean your tiles and grout.
What should I be using to clean the ceramic tile in my shower? I have tried store bought cleaners, but they leave a white film. I know that certain cleaners are not good for the grout between the tiles.
I have tile in one of my bathroom showers and I use a homemade organic cleaner. I purchased a spray bottle from the dollar store, when you are ready to clean the shower, pour about a 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a 1/3 cup of Borox into the bottle, then fill the bottle with HOT water. Shake up, spray on titles, clean then rinse. It won't harm the grout, you or the environment.
I've always used The Works, but last time I cleaned the walls, I used Barkeepers Friend and it worked great! Left no residue after being rinsed off.
Borax is natural and organic, perhaps, but not harmless. Read the directions and warnings on the box before you choose to use it. I use it for laundry, but you must be aware that it is not a food substance like vinegar.
There is very little that will harm tile - that is the beauty of it. I wipe down the walls after every shower (or after the last person showers in the morning), and I seldom need to clean. That white film sounds like it is a hard water film, in which case, straight vinegar will remove it.
Two years ago we installed a fiber glass tub/shower combo with 12x12 tiles surrounding the tub. A small amount of mold is beginning to form where the tub meets the tile grout. Can I use a small amount of bleach on the tile grout to get rid of the mold? Will the bleach hurt the tube in any manner?
Using bleach will actually (surprisingly) worsen your mold problem. You should use something like lysol or any other kitchen cleaner that doesn't include bleach. Try leaving your shower curtain open to increase ventilation, hence decreasing your mold problem.
This will kill and remove the mould dissolve half a cup of borax in 2 cups warm water of water and add half a cup of white vinegar,Put into a spray bottle,leave it soak for a few minutes use a stiff brush and wipe clean.If the mould is old this will need to be repeated.
I use a clorx bleach pen on grout. As long as the grout isn't one of the special "colored" ones, it's fine. However, do you really have grout meeting the edge of the tub? There should be calking around around the tub, not grout. Calk is more resistant to mold/mildue and all around a better choice for a transition between the tub and tile.
I don't understand how straight or diluted bleach can worsen mold in the bathroom. I would never think of using anything but bleach in my bathroom, the #1 area for the growth of staph.