Bathroom Renewal Part One

One of the tasks on my list before we rent the house and move to Texas is the bathroom. We had the shower tile redoneabout a year or so ago. At the time, Phil and I tried to seal the grout ourselves. But it hadn’t worked.

The grout in the shower is disgusting. I plan on having a handyperson come out to seal it so we can get it right this time. But first I have to get it clean. 

Luckily, I had an excellent helper today.

Yuck, Momma. That grout is gross.

To get started, I googled. I wanted something that would get the grout clean but as naturally as possible. The second link I found suggested using Hydrogen Peroxide diluted with water. I just used straight hydrogen peroxide, because I didn’t read close enough and didn’t notice the diluted part. I just poured it in a spray bottle.

 After a little elbow grease,  my DIY grout cleaner with only one ingredient was showing signs of success. Well, maybe two ingredients if you count the elbow grease.
I sprayed the peroxide on, waited a moment and just started scrubbing. I started with an old toothbrush, but the bristles weren’t really sturdy enough so I switched to a scrub brush. I periodically used a rag to wipe down the wall with water because the dirt was streaming off.
It’s not perfect, but it’s getting there. I’m going to try some other cleaners before sealing the grout up. If there’s a miracle cleaner, I might have to try it on the kitchen floor, too. This method was pretty scrubbing intensive; I’m not sure I’d want to tackle the entire kitchen floor this way.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for linking up this week to Fantabulous Friday @ Little Becky Homecky! Did you enter the giveaway yet?
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  2. Saw you on TT&J. I’m going to have to give this a shot! Our bathroom has high humidity so it’s susceptible to mildew. I was ready to call out a grout cleaner but you may have saved me money!! You bathroom has come a long way – hope mine does too! Thanks for sharing!

    PS. I’m horrible at reading instructions too!

  3. What an improvement! I’ll have to remember this! My boyfriend and I intend to tile the bathroom shower. Maybe if I did this monthly or 4x a year it wouldn’t be too bad??

  4. Thanks for sharing. I have the same issue and the funny thing is I was doing the same thing just yesterday w/peroxide:). I need to buy more though. I’m hoping just to tear out this gross shower SOON!

  5. Peroxide is good for so many things. I use it on my teeth for whitening every morning. My mother-in-law ads it to your laundry cycle for disinfecting and whitening.

    I tried to beach my hair with it (and a hair dryer) in high school. No such luck. 🙂

    Great job and thanks for linking up. I am going to share on Facebook.

  6. Peroxide is good for so many things. I use it on my teeth for whitening every morning. My mother-in-law ads it to your laundry cycle for disinfecting and whitening.

    I tried to beach my hair with it (and a hair dryer) in high school. No such luck. 🙂

    Great job and thanks for linking up. I am going to share on Facebook.

  7. ooooooh, I’m all over that…off to scrub! 🙂

  8. I would love for you to share this on my linky party!
    http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
    Thanks, Marcie

  9. It’s worth a try. It’s a never ending problem it seems. I’ve gone so far as to remove all the caulking around the tub (horrible job) to get rid of it there, only to have the new caulking (which says it’s made to resist mold and mildew) get moldy and mildewy anyway. I’ll give it a shot. Thanks. Found you at I gotta try that!
    Liz

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