An ode to vinegar and bicarb soda

First of all, I cannot believe that it has been over a month since I last posted something online. In actual fact, it feels like an eternity, but things have been absolutely crazy up in here.

The hubby and I decided to sell our house, and so every weekend has been dedicated to cleaning, decluttering, home opens and generally unpleasant house stuff.

When the real estate agent initially came around, they thought the house looked good, but mentioned that we would probably get the grout on the tiles throughout the house cleaned. Now, these are the colours of the grout when we moved in, and we always thought that was the colour of the grout. To the point that, when we renovated the kitchen and had to replace some tiles, we bought the dark brown colour.

So, I decided I would give it a whirl myself, and we bought the grout cleaner from Bunnings, but it smelt awful  and although Ross (husband) said he looked at the ingredients and it didn’t look like anything sinister, I decided to mix up my own concoction of baking soda and vinegar. No smell, no chemicals, and can I say it did a better job than the other stuff too (although the other stuff did leave less mess).


Grout before
Before I gave it a scrub with bicarb and vinegar


Grout after cleaning
The after shot with the REAL colour of our grout… why didn’t we do this earlier!



It was a good reminder that, although there are many products out there, we should always consider using the natural products first.

Here are some other uses for Bicarb and vinegar:

  • Bicarb – dishwashing powder, Vinegar – rinse aid (I always do this if I run out and can’t get to the shops)
  • Add bicarb to your bath water – especially good for babies baths (so I’m told)
  • When you have a blocked drain – put a bunch of bicarb down the drain, then pour in vinegar, put the plug in, and let it bubble away
  • Sprinkle some bicarb onto your carpet before you vacuum to make it smell nice and fresh
  • Bites, stings and razer burn – mix some bicarb with water and place on the affected area for relief