Now my house is over a decade old. I, having never had tile before, unwisely chose a lovely eggshell color for the grout through the house. Never do that. Never. We sealed it. It was labor-intensive and it really didn't protect it for very long. I gave up on trying to keep the grout white. I have children to enjoy! They won't remember the color of the grout when I am laying on my deathbed. They'll remember the fun we have together.
However, it always bothered me. I'd wipe it down with a Magic Clean eraser every week or so, but it never STAYED clean. I think this new cleaner may be the answer to my grout problems.
I tried it first on my kitchen grout. I was happy. I decided to tackle my entryway. I photodocumented the following experience.
Here's the before picture of the evenly dirty grout in front of our door. I could pretend it was SUPPOSED to be that color....but it wasn't.
Here's after a spray of the solution and a wipe of a wet cotton rag.
Here's the perpendicular line done.
I can't say how long the grout will stay light colored, but I do know that I can spare a half hour once in a while to bring it back to this shade.
After doing the floor, I was inspired to try cleaning a section of a grimy corner of our painted wall. Mr. Clean Eraser works wonderfully, but did so by removing the paint. A plain washrag didn't cut it, and neither did the other cleaners I had on hand.
A small amount of this solution on the cloth and the paint came clean, even in the deeper parts of the texture. I tried it first on a small section that was hidden, of course, in case it took the paint with it as I rubbed. It did not. I cleaned my entire Four Corners area in just a few minutes, again, using just the cloth and a little elbow grease.
I am so thankful that Kriste posted the link that day. The "maid" portion of my life just got MUCH easier!
*never add bleach to this. Bleach and ammonia create toxic fumes that WILL sicken or kill you!*
3 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup baking soda
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp ammonia (I used lemon-scented)
2 Tbsp white vinegar
Mix together in a large bowl. There will be a reaction when you pour in the vinegar. Using a funnel, fill a spray bottle. Give a shake before use.
The original recipe has you making this IN the spray bottle. If I had, I think it would have fizzed out when I poured in the vinegar. I'm glad I did it in a bowl instead.