Natural Grout Haze Remover: Use White Vinegar!

Alright, I promised in my last post about grout I would be back to tell you about my trick for cleaning grout haze.

The secret ingredient for the ultimate grout haze remover: white vinegar. Yup, that’s all you need. Here is a pin if you want to save this trick :)

remove grout haze using white vinegar

I found out about this trick after searching online for something that I could use on a much larger scale than what I tried for our backsplash. I sincerely wish I would have known about this trick when we did the backsplash, because I tried a variety of chemical grout haze removers, buffers and scrubs and this is by far way easier and saved literally days of scrubbing with a magic eraser.

wiping grout

In the laundry room and kitchen, the grout was completed last weekend.

laundry room

kitchen

The crew left and told me to wash the floors the next morning. They didn’t specify what to wash with, so I got up bright and early and washed the floors with some plain water, and then went over each tile with my Swiffer wet-jet. I tried not to rub the grout too much and instead focused on my tiles with the Swiffer.

grout haze
2016-08-05_153720723_CD422_iOSThat obviously did not work great so I turned to my BFF Google looking to see what most people use to clean grout haze.

Julia at Chris Loves Julia popped up in my google search for EAZY AND CHEAP GROUT HAZE REMOVER, and she recommended a mixture of 4 parts water to 1 part white vinegar applied with a mop and rinsed with clean water. I was a little skeptical, so I did a little more digging and found various recipes online for different ratios all the way up to 1:1 vinegar and water.

Since I didn’t want to ruin the tile/grout, but I also didn’t want to be scrubbing floors all day, I went with a 3:1 ratio, which was still tough enough to get rid of the haze and didn’t leave a vinegar smell. Yay for all natural remedies! One thing I’m always concerned about with so many pets is that if we are using harsh chemicals on the floor, then they are getting harsh chemicals on their paws and subsequently bringing harsh chemicals into our bed… thanks guys.

I worked one room at a time, wiping the floors and scrubbing with the mop, letting it sit for a few minutes, then taking another pass with clean water.

mopping

mopping

There were still a few spots that I ended up going over with a razor blade and magic eraser, but overall, I was so surprised by how well this worked!

cleaning grout haze

grout haze remover

I even used the mixture to get splatter off my fridge and cabinets (these guys were messy cleaners!) and it cut right through the gunk!

fridge

Who knew vinegar was so a great cleaner! Since I bought so much extra, I’ve experimenting with it on other surfaces and it seems to work grout great on glass and counters too.

The floors WILL be finished Sunday (please cross your fingers) and then we can finally move all the furniture back in. I’m so excited for this to be done!!