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Clean Your Bathroom Grout With One Secret Ingredient

You can scrub your way to whiter and brighter tiles!

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Dealing with grout is no fun for any homemaker. It's highly porous, it stains quickly and it's hard to get into the crevices—the list never ends. In order to get it looking brand new again, we try every chemical cleaner and homemade magic potion in hopes of making cleaning tiles a piece of cake. Worry no more, the only thing we'll ever need can be found right in our stash of laundry essentials—it's oxygen bleach

Unlike chlorine-based bleach that can be harsh on the skin and make porcelain turn yellow, oxygen bleach is non-toxic, it doesn't produce harsh fumes and it is color-safe, too. From food spills, hair dye marks, and strange grease, it can get rid of any soiled spots as it has ions that attack dirt and break them into pieces that wash away with minimal effort. If you're planning to experiment with this wonder powder, here's how you can do it: 

What you need: 

  • Oxygen bleach
  • Warm water
  • Cleaning brush (Old toothbrushes work great, too)
  • Mild detergent

How-to: 

  • Mix any high-quality oxygen bleach with warm water. Stir it until it dissolves. 
  • Pour solution onto dirty tiles until the grout lines are filled. It's best to apply the oxygen-bleach solution to dry grout so it soaks deeply. 
  • Let the solution sit on the grout for at least 15 to 3o minutes. If it completely soaks into the grout, continue adding more until stains start to loosen up. Continue adding more solution, making sure there is always plenty of the cleaning liquid on the grout.
  • Start scrubbing and keep working until you achieve your desired cleanliness. 
  • Rinse the area with mild detergent and water. Leave to dry. 

RL Tip: Remember, the longer you let the solution sit on the grout, the less scrubbing you have to do—keep pouring more solution as you scrub. To get maximum cleaning results, it helps to scrub the grout every two weeks to avoid build up. 

WHERE TO BUY: 

Redox Philippines via MyBenta.com

Charlie's Soap Oxygen Bleach via Lazada

PHOTOS: Pixabay and @ilovetangie via Instagram

SOURCES: washingtonpost.com and mother nature network

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