Do it yourself home cleaner for $.09

St. Petersburg, Florida -- It's something almost every household deals with: how to clean that impossible to clean grout. Whether it's the shower, the kitchen counter or the floors it looks so gross but can be so hard to clean.

Janie Porter, St. Petersburg mom of two and creator of mama website SheJustGlows.com , scoured Pinterest and finally came up with something that actually works: baking soda and vinegar.

"All you need is two tablespoons of baking soda, plus about one tablespoon of white distilled vinegar, and an old toothbrush," Porter explained.

First, combine the baking soda and vinegar until it makes a thick paste. Then use the toothbrush to scrub the paste into the grout. The next step is the most important: wait 30 minutes to an hour before wiping clean. And, voila! If you're not sure if the paste is working, Porter suggests sprinkling some baking soda on top of the tile and scrubbing it directly into the grout.

As far as cleaning products go, it's one of the cheapest solutions out there. A box of baking soda is $1.24 and a jug of white distilled vinegar is $1.82. Together, they'll clean three to 10 times the jobs that a standard household cleaner would. All told, Porter used just $.06 cents worth of baking soda and $.03 cents of vinegar to clean her kitchen tile grout. A $.09 investment that worked. Plus, it's non-toxic so that meant she could call in a little extra help.

"It was so cool because my two-year-old wanted to help me, and if he was using a regular cleaner, I would never have really wanted him to be putting his fingers in that. But, because it was just baking soda and vinegar, it was really fun to be able to let him help too," Porter said.

People have been using baking soda and vinegar for cleaning for decades, but it's staged a comeback with the popularity of do-it-yourself websites like Pinterest. The site has single-handed fueled the popularity of personal blogs, many authored by former career women who put their outside jobs on hold to stay home and raise kids.

A former TV news reporter, Porter has been a stay-at-home mom for almost three years. She launched SheJustGlows.com this week, as a creative outlet for her to unleash her passion for writing, while inspiring others through food, fitness and encouraging others to believe that they're "worth it."

ABC Action News is partnering with SheJustGlows.com to bring you creative, non-toxic tips for healthy spring cleaning.

Porter compiled a list of 28 things to clean with baking soda and vinegar, including sterling silver jewelry, cleaning her coffee maker, even kid toys and baby bottles. http://shejustglows.com/28-things-to-clean-with-baking-soda-vinegar/
 


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