--> How To Remove Mold From Tile Grout (7 Tested Ways)

How to Remove Mold From Tile Grout (7 Tested Ways)

Clean black mold and yellow stains naturally in the shower tiles and bathroom with these remedies

Do you want to know how to remove mold from tile grout?

I have black mold and yellow stains in the grout of my bathroom and I have been looking for ways to remove them, especially in the shower.

How to remove mold from tile grout Bathroom shower tiles with mold

If you are dealing with black mold in your bathroom it’s essential to address it as soon as possible to prevent any health issues or damage to your home.

I’ve had my fair share of battles with black mold, especially on bathroom tiles, and I have been experimenting with natural remedies to see which one worked better.

Keep reading to find out.

How to Remove Mold From Tile Grout Naturally

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda paste with a teaspoon
Before and after removing the mold with baking soda

How to use it

  • make a thick paste with baking soda and water
  • apply the paste to the moldy grout
  • let it sit for 30 minutes and scrub it with a brush
  • eliminate any remains with a damp cloth

MY EXPERIENCE: Baking soda removed the mold in the grout but I have to pinpoint that the mold wasn’t very old.

RELATED READING: 25 baking soda cleaning hacks

2. Salt

Salt paste in a container with a teaspoon
Before and after removing mold with salt

How to use it

  1. Make a thick paste with salt and water
  2. Apply the salt mixture directly onto the moldy grout.
  3. Use a toothbrush to scrub the grout vigorously, focusing on the areas with black mold.
  4. Remove any residues with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly.

MY EXPERIENCE: Salt did work to an extent but it wasn’t enough to completely remove yellow stains.

Before and after removing  mold from tile grout

3. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice in a container with half lemon
Before and after removing the mold with lemon juice

How to use it

Squeeze lemon juice onto the affected areas and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Scrub with a brush and rinse with water.

MY EXPERIENCE: Lemon works OK to get rid of mold in grout but I’m not completely happy with the result.

4. Tea Tree Oil

  • pour tea tree oil into a spray bottle
  • spray it on the moldy grout
  • let it sit for a few hours
  • scrub with a brush
  • use a damp cloth to clean the grout
Before and after removing mold with tea tree oil

MY EXPERIENCE: Cleaning mold from tile grout using tea tree oil is not my favorite method. Although it can remove black mold it does nothing to the yellow stains. I won’t be using it again.


5. Vinegar

Bottle of white vinegar

How to use it

  • pour white vinegar into a spray bottle
  • spray the solution on the affected areas
  • let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • scrub with a brush
  • clean the area with a damp cloth
Before and after  removing mold from grout with vinegar

MY EXPERIENCE: I found vinegar to be the most effective natural way to remove black mold from tiles grout. I loved the result!

RELATED READING: 15 vinegar hacks to clean around your home

Other Ways to Get Rid of Mold in Tiles

If natural methods don’t work as you have hoped perhaps it is time to try commercial products like mine.

A few observations before you try these products:

  • be careful with abrasive products as they can cause damage to your tiles
  • ensure that the products can be applied to the type of tiles in your home
  • make sure your room is well-ventilated
  • use gloves
  • some times wearing a face mask is recommended
  • if you have sensitive eyes it is recommended to wear eye protection
  • make sure the tiles are dry before applying the product
  • for more information on how NOT to use Bar Keepers Friend click here
  • for more information on The Good One green paste click here

1. Bars Keepers Friend

I started by pouring out a decent serving of the stain-removing powder into a small container and added a few drops of water – enough to create a thick paste.

Bars keepers friend container, spoon, and water

How to use it

I used my fingers (wearing gloves) to apply the solution to the grout.

As my tile grout was covered in tough stains, it was suggested on the product to leave it for longer to allow the paste to work “effectively”.

I let the paste work for 30 minutes.

Removing mold from tiles with bar keepers friend paste

Then I used a brush and started scrubbing until I was satisfied.

Lastly, I used a microfibre cloth to wipe away the residue.

You can appreciate the results by yourself in these pictures.

Mold in tiles before and after

MY EXPERIENCE: Although it did clean mold from grout, I was not able to completely get rid of the stubborn yellow stains. Next time I will finish cleaning the grout with vinegar.

2. The Good One Green Paste

The good one green paste in a container

The Good One green paste is simple to use.

How to use it

Protect your hands with gloves and take a small amount of the green paste with your fingers.

Applying the good one green paste on tiles in the bathroom

Apply the paste directly on the tiles grout and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes.

Scrub the tile’s grout with a toothbrush and clean the remaining residue with a damp cloth.

Before and after mold in tiles

MY EXPERIENCE: I found the result of using The Good One green paste better than Bar Keepers Friend.

Both are effective to clean mold off grout but Astonish The Good One is more effective in eliminating yellowish stains.

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How to Remove Mold From Grout Last Words

In conclusion, removing mold from grout naturally is not only effective but also safe and eco-friendly.

Most of the natural remedies I have tried such as vinegar, baking soda, salt, and essential oils remove mold as effectively as commercial products. You don’t have to use harsh chemicals if you don’t want to.

Remember to clean regularly and maintain good ventilation to help prevent mold growth and provide a healthy atmosphere in your home.

One good tip to prevent mold or mildew in your home is to buy a dehumidifier. I bought one and because it absorbs excess moisture in the air, my home is mold free now.

So, if you’re dealing with moldy grout in your bathroom, shower, or anywhere else in your home, give these natural remedies a try and enjoy a clean and mold-free living space.

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