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Who doesn’t want their bathroom to be sparkling clean? But as everybody knows, sometimes you have to deal with some nasty tile issues.

In this installment of Alure Home Improvements’ “60 Second Fix,” we’re going to show you how simple it is to make your tile look as good as new, thanks to a quick tip for cleaning grout from Doug Cornwell, Alure Home Improvements’ Chief Operating Officer.

Grout is the mortar or paste used for filling the gaps between floor and wall tiles. After a while, just like anything in your house, it gets pretty dirty.

But maintaining it doesn’t have to be so daunting.

Believe it or not, the preferred cleaning ingredient comes right out of your kitchen cabinet. That’s right: All you need is a bottle of white vinegar.

“If the tile and the grout are really dirty, then use it full-strength,” recommends Cornwell. “But if it’s not so bad, then you can cut it.”

You dilute the vinegar with some clean water, perhaps in proportions of three to one or two to one.

But Cornwell wants to warn you in case you’re skeptical. Don’t use bleach or any caustic chemicals to clean grout or tile. It’s dangerous for your lungs and your skin.

“White vinegar smells like Easter egg time!” says Cornwell, evoking memories of childhood. “The smell is acrid, but it’s not caustic!”

So the steps are very simple. Get a white rag, dip it in a cup filled with a little bit of the white vinegar and water solution—if that’s enough to cut through the grime—and go to work on the grout lines.

With the damp cloth, Cornwell simply rubs along the grout line between the tile squares, being methodical as he moves it back and forth, until the grout starts to come clean. Pressing the cloth into the grout gets the job done. You’ll be surprised by what a difference a little elbow grease can make.

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If you intend to clean the tile as well, you may find that a bigger tool may be called for to make it easier to handle. Cornwell suggests you pour the vinegar solution into a pail and grab a mop. The same strategy applies. Swipe over the tiles with the mop and then let it dry.

So, in a nutshell, you just need white vinegar, clean water, and a clean white cloth. The result may put a smile on your face!

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