How to properly clean tiles is a mystery to many people. Many rush out to buy artificial cleaners little do they know that these products are not great for their health.

Some of these products contain toxic substances, which are not great to have around on tiles, particularly if little ones are playing and crawling around on them.

There are several natural alternatives for cleaning your house tiles, here are six of them:

1) Baking soda

Baking soda paste can wipe clean your house tiles without leaving toxic substances on the surface. Removing all stains giving your tiles a brand new look. Baking soda paste can also remove unsavory smells from your house tiles. Sprinkle the baking soda paste on your kitchen tiles and let stand for some time before rinsing it off.

2) Olive oil

Unlike tough products that can strip your tiles and make them delicate, olive oil is one of the great natural alternative cleaners that you can use to clean your house tiles without adding toxic substances. It removes tough stains tiles leaving your tiles shining like the sun. Olive oil can also cover scratches and prevent your tiles from cracking. Smear the oil on tiles and let stand for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

3) Lemon

Lemon is also one of the perfect non-toxic natural ingredients that you can use to clean your house tiles. It is a natural bleaching agent that not only removes stains and dirt from the tiles but also gives them a fantastic fresh scent. You can use it to eliminate mould, clean off dirt and stains and give your tiles a shiny appearance. Dip a cleaning cloth in diluted lemon juice and use it to clean stains on your floor surfaces. You can also use a spray pump to apply diluted lemon juice on your tiles. The juice will keep your floors clean and smelling great.

4) White vinegar

White Vinegar contains acetic acid, a natural acid that makes it a good natural ingredient for killing bacteria and fungi that may be present on your house tiles. In addition to being a perfect anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, vinegar cleaning can also eliminate soap scum. Dip a cleaning cloth in a solution of white vinegar and use it to clean your floor tiles. To get rid of odours, sprinkle vinegar liquid on the tiles and leave it to stand overnight before you clean it out.

5) Salt

Salt is no doubt one of the most versatile things we have in our pantries. It can be mixed with white vinegar to make a powerful natural, non-toxic cleaner with a deodorising effect. To remove ugly stains and mildew on the tiles, use a solution of salt and lemon juice. To brighten tile surfaces, use cotton cloth sprinkled with salt water solution to wipe your tile surfaces.

6) Castile Soap

Castile soap also falls under this list of natural, non-toxic cleaning ingredients for cleaning your house tiles. Dilute to liquid using water to make a cleaning solution. When cleaning the tiles, just pour a few drops of diluted castile soap on the tiles and then rinse it off with plenty of clean water. It is a great house tile cleaner that can remove any tough stain or dirt.

Do you have any other tips to add to this list? Please SHARE in the comments below.

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  • Love the idea of olive oil. I will happily give that one a go


  • I love using white vinegar as a basis for cleaning. I also add essential oils – eucalyptus, tee tree .


  • Baking soda is very useful. I always use it to clean my house.


  • Thanks for sharing these great cleaning tips. I always splutter and cough when using the commercial cleaners. Will definitely try one of your suggestions.


  • White vinegar appears to be useful for all sorts of things.


  • I knew of a few of them but the olive oil I would never of thought of at all


  • Awesome tips. I’m always looking for more natural alternatives. Not sure about the olive oil one as I think it might make the tiles too slippery and be hard to wash off properly but I’ll definitely be trying the others.


  • white vinegar and baking soda are my cleaning hero’s love them


  • This is so clever! Thank you for sharing! I’m always looking for non-chemical cleaning products to make my life easier and healthier with the kids!


  • Fantastic! Thank you so much for the tips.


  • Thanks for these tips Philip. I’m impressed with a number of these solutions. I’ve used the lemon and salt on our shower tiles and glass, using the salt directly on the cut side of the lemon and rinsing off when I’m done. The soda and vinegar are frequently used in my kitchen. I’m a little worried about trying the olive oil in case it makes the tiles slippery even after being rinsed off. Has anyone else tried this solution?


  • These are all great tips. I know of some of them, but there’s certainly a few new ones there.


  • Bi Carb and Vinegar is brilliant at naturally keeping drains clean. Sprinkle a little down the drain and follow with white vinegar. It will bubble up and it reacts. Leave for 10 minutes then turn the tap on to rinse


  • Thank you for these handy tips my tiles are terrible will give it a go


  • These are fantastic tips. Thank you so much


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