How to Clean Tile Grout in Your Bathroom

Those lines of white tile grout on your steamy shower walls and bathroom floors are magnets for ugly, grimy stains. Here’s a step-by-step guide for using Pine-Sol® to cut through dirt and soap scum to keep your bathroom looking and smelling great.

TIP: Be sure to check whether you’re using our new concentrated Pine-Sol® formula or the old non-concentrated Pine-Sol®, as that will determine your dilution ratio. See the chart below and get your ratios right! 


  • original-pine-cleaner
  • measuring-cup Measuring cup
  • bucket Bucket
  • sponge Sponge
  • nylon-brush Nylon brush
  • goggles Goggles
  • microfiber-cloth Microfiber cloth


Don’t let grimy grout steal the shine from your bathroom tiles. This step-by-step guide will show you how to use Pine-Sol® to clean stained grout* and get your bathroom surfaces looking fabulous. 

  1. Step 1 Put on your protective goggles, and add ⅛ cup of Pine-Sol® Original Cleaner to a bucket containing one gallon of water.
  2. Step 2 Wipe down your tile and grout lines with a clean, damp cloth or sponge to remove any loose dirt. 
  3. Step 3 Dip a nylon brush into the diluted Pine-Sol solution and carefully apply it onto the grout lines, working in small sections to prevent the solution from drying out. 
  4. Step 4 Scrub the grout lines vigorously, focusing on the most discolored stains. 
  5. Step 5 Allow the Pine-Sol solution to sit on the grout for 5–10 minutes. This gives the cleaner time to penetrate and break down embedded dirt.
  6. Step 6 Give the grout lines another good scrubbing. This should leave your freshly cleaned grout looking fresh and renewed.
  7. Step 7 Using clean water, rinse the tiles and grout thoroughly to remove any remaining Pine-Sol residue. Wipe down the surfaces with a clean, dry towel to ensure a streak-free finish.

With an improved concentrated formula that is 2x as strong* to last 2x as long*, you can use less for the same great clean.

concentrated formula Non-concentrated formula
¼ cup in 2 gallons water ½ cup in 2 gallons water
⅛ cup in 1 gallon water ¼ cup in 1 gallon water
¹⁄₁₆ cup or 1 tablespoon in ½ gallon water ⅛ cup in ½ gallon water
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  1. * Use as directed.
  • 2X concentrated
    Tackle more messes per bottle.*
  • 5x cleaning
    Odor, grease, grime, dirt & allergens.
  • removes 99% of allergens§
    Destroy dust mites & pet dander.
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  • * vs. previous Pine-Sol® Pine/Scented Formula when used as directed
  • When diluted as directed vs previous Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner.
  • § Non-living dust mite matter and pet dander