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Over time, the grout seal wears away, allowing moisture to seep into the porous material. Not only does this cause discoloration, but it can also increase the risk of mold and mildew growth.

Although many people recommend bleach as a quick fix for cleaning grout, it may not be the best solution.

Posting on a Reddit forum titled “Cleaning Tips,” the user said, “Bleach is not the way to clean tile grout.”

They added: “I keep seeing posts with pictures of tiled showers asking for cleaning suggestions, invariably a group of people comment with solutions involving bleach.”

They explained, “Bleach degrades grout.

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“The more bleach you use on your tiles and grout, the more you’ll need.”

The experts at agree and advise against using bleach to clean between tiles.

They said, “Using bleach to clean your colored grout can cause the color to fade, become uneven, or even pull the lid off if the bleach is not handled properly.”

According to experts, bleach can discolor or even strip color, especially if you have colored grout.

Experts added: “Bleach can also weaken grout, causing it to crack and crumble.

“If any of the issues mentioned here were to occur, it would be necessary to completely replace the grout.

“It’s a cost that can be avoided by not using bleach on the grout.”

However, there is a natural alternative that you may have hidden away in your kitchen cupboard.

Posting on a Reddit forum dedicated to “Amazing Uses for Baking Soda and Other Cheap, Natural Home Cleaning Tricks,” one user said, “Baking soda is something we tend to overlook when there are all those fancy cleaners out there.. But, you really don’t need them.

According to the anonymous user, baking soda proves to be a savvy agent in the fight against mold and grout.

They said, “Apply a thick paste of baking soda and water to your grout and mold affected areas, such as the sink, grout, toilet, shower, and let sit for two to three hours. Come back and rinse.

“I found it to be more effective than bleach.”