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GROUT is one of the most frustrating areas of the home to clean.

Every mark or stain is every bit more evident on white grout specifically.

But fortunately grout is easy to clean.

Here are three simple steps to cleaning your grout.

You can even make your own grout cleaning mixture to do it using common household items.

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Grout is the filler used between tiles in your home.

Getting your bathroom tiled can be pretty expensive and it's important to make sure you don't damage the grouting while giving the place a spruce up.

But never fear, as it's incredibly easy to give it a thorough clean using simple ingredients, according to Good Housekeeping.

To get your grouting back to its best, simply use the following steps.

1Grime can easily build up on grouting but thankfully it is easy to cleanCredit: Getty 1. Make a paste

First things first, you'll need to make a simple paste.

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You can do this by mixing two parts of bicarbonate of soda, with one part of water.

Once you've done that use an old toothbrush to rub it onto the grouting.

Expert cleaner Lyndsey Crombie said you could also use an old electric toothbrush which will save you from having to scrub back and forth.

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Then, fill up a bottle with a spray fitting with distilled white vinegar.

Spray this over the mixture you've applied to the grouting.

It should start bubbling and form a thick mixture that's excellent for cleaning these areas.

3. Wipe the grime away

Now it's time to scrub the grime away, using your old toothbrush.

You could also use a purpose-made stiff-bristle grout brush.

Then simply rinse the area well with water and admire your handiwork!

You can also buy paste instead of making your own.

How to remove mould from grout

It's not uncommon for mould to build up in your bathroom, especially if there is too much moisture.

Grout is full of tiny homes, which easily get filled dirt, and grime, and over time mould can build up on grout.

But it's very straightforward to tackle using water and the trusty cleaning paste.

Put warm water on it

Start by filling a bucket with warm water and squeezing it out onto mouldy sections using a sponge.

Brush it

Then use a brush - preferably a tile, brush, or the old toothbrush - to scrub at it back and forth.

You could also use a microfibre cloth, but make sure you use rubber gloves to avoid getting any cleaning solution on your hands if you do.

Mix a paste

Should using just plain water not prove effective, try mixing three parts of soda with one of water to make a paste again.

Apply this to the grout with a brush and leave it for an hour or two.

After that, spray it with plain water and give it another scrub.

Alternately, you could make a paste using two parts of baking soda to one part of hydrogen peroxide, but be careful when using this mixture as it could irritate your skin.

Apply it with a brush to the affected areas and leave for several minutes before scrubbing it and then rinsing the grouting clean.

Rinse off and dry

After that, give the area a good rinse using clean running water, a wet sponge, or a spray bottle.

Simply take a dry cloth to buff the area and pick up any excess moisture.

Make sure the area is well-ventilated and allow the grout to dry.

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Although the cleaning tips might not not seem obvious, the keen cleaner reckons everyone should know them.

With Christmas right around the corner you might be enjoying a glass or two of red wine, which means you'll need to know the best way to get rid of stains when someone inevitably spills some.

Hydrogen peroxide can totally remove red wine stains by carefully dabbing it and then washing as normal.

"Keep in mind it has a bleaching effect so is best used on lighter fabrics," Vic added.

And if you've got an old radiator in your home, don't bother trying to reach into all the nooks and crannies when dusting.

Instead, the keen cleaner recommends grabbing a cheap radiator cleaning brush from Amazon to make it easier for yourself.

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