I need to clean my bathroom tiles, but I don't want to use any of those special cleaning liquids. Is there a way to clean bathroom tiles using common household products?

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Vinegar and water (50/50). That or warm soapy water. Mix it up and pour over the tiles. Let it sit for 30 min and then scrub off. Not just mop it off, it will require some scrubbing. That should do the trick.

  • Just to add to this, if you dislike the smell of vinegar, you can add a small amount of any scented essential oil to the mix and give yourself a much more pleasant scent.
    – RankoChan
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 18:48

Try ammonia. Ever noticed the grout around urinals and toilets that gets peed on is bright, clean and white while the rest is dirty and dark? It might be something else in the pee, but pee sitting for a while turns to ammonia, so let it soak a long time.


To clean without chemicals you'll want to explore options that do not contain matter.

One possibility is to clean using sound. There are different options available, but they all work on the general premise of dislodging dust, oil, and other particles using rapid sound induced pressure fluctuations. This technique has been used for decades over a wide range of uses. Ultrasonic cleaning uses sound waves that are outside of the human auditory range (your neighbors will be happy!) and is used for cleaning things like jewelry and surgical instruments. Acoustic cleaning uses sound waves that humans can hear and are effective at cleaning larger items like grain elevators.

Electromagnetic radiation provides many options, including radio waves, visible light, ultraviolet light, x-rays, and gamma rays. It's not uncommon to find cleaning products that use ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms, but I'd recommend for your own safety that you steer clear of x-rays and gamma rays (despite their increased effectiveness).

Avoid any kind of soap, as all of them (even the "natural" ones) contain dozens of chemicals. Vinegar should also be avoided, as it is a combination of water and the chemical acetic acid. You'll also want to avoid water, too, since it's made of the chemical dihydrogen monoxide. Just remember, if it's made out of matter it's made out of chemicals.

  • Hello, and welcome to Stack Exchange. This is funny, but the original poster only ruled out "special cleaning liquids", allowing any "common household products". So, vinegar and dihydrogen monoxide would be acceptable to her. Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 0:45

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