6 Bleach Free Methods to Clean Moldy Grout

6 Bleach Free Methods to Clean Moldy Grout

Though bleach is effective at killing a large number of germs and bacteria, it can be a bit harsh to use for everyday cleaning. Some people prefer to use cleaning solutions that are more gentle and safe for everyday cleaning in their homes. A question that is often asked by people who prefer gentler cleaning solutions is: How Can I Clean Mold From Tile Grout Without Bleach?  

Here are some gentler cleaning options for mold in tile grout:  

Hydrogen Peroxide 

Hydrogen Peroxide is a natural cleanser with anti-fungal properties. Hydrogen Peroxide does not leave behind any strong or lingering odors and does not require a well-ventilated area to use. To clean with hydrogen peroxide simply spray some directly onto the mold and let it soak for around ten minutes then scrub.  

Tea Tree Oil 

Another great natural cleaning agent that is very safe to use. To mix up tea tree oil into a cleaner, use one teaspoon of oil for every cup of water. Spray the mixture straight onto the mold and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a cloth wet with water to scrub it away.  

More: Reasons to have a professional clean your grout

Grapefruit Seed Extract 

This is a great and effective natural treatment, but it can also get expensive. The acid in the grapefruit kills the mold fungus and can be found in most health food stores. To clean with grapefruit seed extract use ten drops of oil for every cup of water. Mix the water and oil in a spray bottle and spray onto the mold. Leave the spray on the mold for several hours and wipe up any residue if needed. 


Vinegar is probably the most common and widely used natural cleaning agent. It is very versatile and can be used for a large number of everyday cleaning projects. Vinegar is acidic and blocks the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. Simply spray a mixture of half water and half vinegar on the mold, let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, and scrub away with a brush.  

Safe Mold Shield 

This is an organic store-bought cleaner that advertises it is safe to use around all family members including your furry family members. It guarantees to kill mold as well as clean it away from your grout.  

For more cleaning tips and tricks please check out our website. For professional carpet, stone, upholstery, hard surface floor, and grout and tile cleaning in Woodinville and surrounding areas please make an appointment online or over the phone with All Kleen.

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