Homemade Tile And Grout Cleaner You Can Create On Your Own 

Having the right tiles can elevate the aesthetics of any bathroom, kitchen, or any other part of the house that you would want to incorporate tiles. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they serve a more functional purpose depending on where and how they use them.

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Bathrooms undergo a lot of moisture through the use of showers, sinks, and toilets, and it is crucial to use the correct materials in this particular room to cater to these specific conditions. Specific tiles for bathrooms cater to these circumstances because of their qualities such as water resistance, porousness, and stain resistance. Because of these conditions usually found in places where tiles are used, maintenance of these spaces requires extra special attention.

Grout, a material used in between tiles to bond them together don’t usually carry the same characteristics as the tiles that they support, and not being able to clean your tiles and grout properly can lead to multiple problems such as dirt buildup, to an even development of mold and mildew. Luckily, with proper guidance and a little elbow grease, these problems can be avoided.

With materials easily found around the house or at your nearest grocery store, it is easy to make a grout cleaning solution. Make a paste like solution consisting of 75% baking soda and 25% water. Using your index finger, apply a generous amount of the paste along the grout lines. Although not needed, the use of gloves could be helpful in the prevention of scratches due to the rough texture usually associated with grout.

Make another solution, this time consisting of 50% water, and 50% white vinegar, and using a spray bottle, spray the solution along the paste that you have just applied to the grout lines. This creates a chemical reaction and will be evident in the formation of bubbles.

After a few minutes, when the bubbling has stopped, using a toothbrush, or any brush with nylon bristles, scrub down the grout lines as clean as you can get them to be. Rinse your tile floor with some water and clean up with a mop, making sure to remove the paste and vinegar solution. Rinse your mop and change the water throughout this step to ensure that you are always using clean water.

Many do not realize that one of the major factors when it comes to the discoloration of grout is using mop water that is dirty. As you attempt to clean your tile floor with the dirty mop water, instead of cleaning your floor, you are spreading the dirt onto the grout itself. Grout is a more porous material than tile, tends to absorb this water and penetrates throughout the entire grouted area. This could lead to serious problems in the long run if not taken care of, as dirty grout is the source of not only bacteria and mold, but as well as mildew.

It only takes a few easy steps to practice tile and grout cleaning, whether it be for the kitchen, the bathroom, or any other room, just a few easy to find materials and a little bit of patience.





Basic Components of Our Electrical System

The electrical system is an essential component of our home. It supplies electricity to our appliances and other electrical devices, so they have the energy to also perform their vital functions. Electricity, however, is like fires, they are very useful if utilized properly but they can also be destructive if it is carelessly handled.

The best way to prevent accidents is to equip ourselves with knowledge. Know the basic components of your electrical system, so that you will have basic knowledge of the overall system of your electricity. You may not be able to handle electrical problems, but you can at least contact electrical contractor if you notice that there is something odd with the components of your electrical system.

Electrical System


  1. The Meter

The Meter is the first component of our electrical system in receiving electricity from the main line. The meter is the machine that counts off the amount of electricity that you are consuming. There are two types of meter, the traditional and the digital. The traditional ones have a spinning wheel and mechanically displays numbers, the digital ones don’t have this, but it has LCD to show the numbers. The meter is typically placed outside of your home, so it is easier for the meter-readers to read your consumption.

  1. The Main Panel

The main panel is the box-like structure that handles the electricity after it has gone through the meter. The main panel has two major functions; first, it is the machine that allows you to turn off all incoming electricity to your home, this is especially helpful if there are distressing situations involving electricity.

The main panel’s second function is to hold several small branches of electrical circuits. The main panel contains the main breaker, and the size of this breaker is the determinant of the capacity of electricity that your house can handle. So you can only install branches of small circuits that is less than the capacity of the main breaker.

  1. Circuits

Speaking of circuits, they also belong to the basic and important components of our electrical system. Our circuits are composed of three wires, which are often colored red and white, while the third is bare.

The red wire carries electricity from the main line, while the white one carries electricity back to the main line. The third wire serves as a safety wire; it is connected directly to the ground. In the case of situations like a short circuit, the excess amounts of electricity would travel through the third wire and into the ground, triggering your circuit breakers that would avoid fire or electrocution.

  1. Outlets

Another part of our electrical system is the outlet. This is where we can plug in our appliances and other electrical gadgets. Homes with safe outlets have GCFI in them; it is a device that stops grounding. Grounding can occur when there is a metal or water that is inserted into the outlet; this would complete the circuit, making the electricity flow through them and might electrocute the one who is holding the metal or the source of water.