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How to clean tile grout: Cleaning hack turns black grout to white in 10 minutes – no scrubbing

Bathroom tile grout can easily discolor if not cleaned regularly and with the right products. On a previous episode of the BBC’s Clean It, Fix It, cleaning expert Maxine Dwyer had an almost impossible task to complete when she arrived at a shared flat for nine professionals in Bristol because their shared bathroom was covered in mold and limescale. But, using a common 50p cleaner, she transformed the tiles.

The bathroom was beyond dirty as it was designed to be a wet room – tiles on the walls and floors – grout varied shades of black and yellow.

The ground was also uneven, so instead of water flowing down a slope into the drain, it remained puddled in the middle, causing limescale to build up.

The space was also poorly ventilated which meant mold had grown.

It was so bad that Maxine needed copious amounts of bleach to deal with it, and she had to dress for work.

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Bleach is a disinfectant, so it’s great for killing germs in the bathroom.

“I put the cotton ball along the bottom of the wall and now I’m going to start spreading the bleach all the way down the wall – make sure it gets into the grout,” she continued.

Grout is porous and absorbs dirt and moisture, making it a breeding ground for bacteria in damp bathrooms.

“You really gotta get it [the bleach] in these corners, let it drip and follow it with your hand – can you see it drip? Then it will run on the cotton,” Maxine said.

If you prefer not to use bleach, you can clean the grout with baking powder – make a paste of water and vinegar and rub it on the grout with a toothbrush before rinsing. Its abrasive properties will help lift dirt.

After soaking the bleach in the grout for 10 to 20 minutes, Maxine then used a stiff scouring pad to scrub the tiles and grout. After that, she rinsed the tiles with water.

As for where she had placed the bleach-soaked cotton, she simply lifted the cotton and it pulled the mold out of the grout, absorbing it – no rubbing necessary.

Maxine said: “It’s important to rinse off the bleach because I’m going to use another chemical [for the basin and toilet] and if you mix two chemicals, you could have a terrible reaction.

After cleaning other areas of the bathroom, Maxine co-star Tommy Walsh said the bathroom “looks brand new.”

Bleach can be bought in any supermarket, but Wilko sells it cheapest at 50p, and they also sell cotton for as low as 65p.