Sunday, October 25, 2009

Making an effective grout cleaner

Cleaning grout around tiles is one of the worst cleaning jobs in the home. Most common products contain sodium hypochlorite (similar to diluted laundry bleach) and/or calcium hypochlorite and some detergent. An inexpensive grout cleaner may be made by mixing together 2 parts of liquid laundry bleach with 1/2 part of a phosphate-based liquid floor cleaner (or 2 tbsp of Spic & Span), 3 parts of isopropyl alcohol, and 4 1/2 parts water. The solution can be placed in a clean plastic pump bottle and used the same as the store cleaners. When mixing chemicals be sure and do not place any near an open flame or heating element. The isopropyl alcohol is flammable. Happy grout cleaning!!

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