Tile Floors, Pinterest Fail

I’ve been staring at our brown grout for months now. I keep saying I’m going to just get down on my hands and knees and scrub it pretty. And then I did… well it’s not quite pretty yet. But I did definitely get down on my hands and knees and scrub. and scrub. and scrub. and then scrub a little more.
Many of you know that addicting handy little website called Pinterest. It’s the devil to some, but can be quite useful for so many things. I have pinned everything from recipes, clothes, to baby, holiday and more. There is pretty much everything you could think of pinned on this website. 
To me it’s pretty amazing (and a total time suck! ha). 
Back to my brown grout. 
{i may be over exaggerating slightly about the color, but basically it wasn’t what it should be}
so there I went, on the ultimate “pin” search. Quickly finding 50 er 10 or so ideas on what to use and how to really get your grout clean. quickly ruling out bleach and a few of the more harmful chemicals. I do have a 1 year old that eats food off the floor {no judgement if you’re not a mom, if you are one then you fully understand. You may or may not have put food directly on the floor for them to save a step and yourself the dishes. like i said no judgement.} After much debate, Cash & I were off to the store to purchase the all natural ingredients which would make our grout sparkle. Ha!
I went with baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide & warm water. 
This was a mini disaster waiting to happen.
Step 1: Mix warm water with 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide.
My first thought… this is such a great idea. it’s gonna be so easy. and it doesn’t smell chemical-ly. i can’t wait to see how they look when i’m done. 
Step 2: Sprinkle baking soda right onto the grout.
My next thought…. it looks so cool! this is totally gonna work.

Step 3: Spray mixture on baking soda on grout.
My next thought… hmm how much do i need. oh crap the water is going everywhere. should’ve remembered to buy a spray bottle stupid.
Step 4: let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub.
scrubbing began, me on my hands & knees, and it looks exactly the same color! scrub. scrub.
next thought… hmm maybe it should sit more (5 minutes later) scrub. scrub. scrub. Crap this isn’t working! how the hell am i gonna clean up this mess. scrub. scrub. scrub. there is water everywhere!!!
Sorry I quickly gave up on photos. 
As my gloved hands (and my clothes) were soon covered in baking soda, water and grime.

I was left with a mess. I learned that I am string mop challenged. And have officially decided we need to invest in a shark or some other gem of a steam mop. That is after we get a really good floor cleaner come in a deep clean the whole first floor. Lesson Learned! Cleaning floors is not my expertise!
To make up for the lack of photos, I leave you with a little Cash cuteness to get you through.

Happy cleaning… Feel free to comment with your cleaning knowledge and/or whatever floor magic you may know! I thank you in advance! 
Happy Sunday! Off to watch football All. Night. Long.

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