How To Remove Grease Stains From Grout

It can be such a disappointing and annoying thing when you get grease stains in the grout between your lovely clean tiles.

Whether it’s your backsplash, counter tiles, or kitchen floor tiles, you never want your grout stained with grease.

Oftentimes, when you get grease stains and tiny food particles on your grout, it will become a black color and/or have a slimy consistency.

Who wants that?

The answer is nobody!

We have done some research and found out just how to remove grease stains from grout.

Keep reading below to find out what materials you will need to remove grease stains from grout.

What You’ll Need

In this section, we cover all of the materials that you’ll need to remove grease stains from grout.

Most of the time, these materials are already in your home, and there’s no need to order any or pick up any from the store.


Make sure you have a good pair of household cleaning gloves on hand.

The grease and small food particles inside the grout will get stuck under your fingernails and create a nasty little problem if you skip on this item.


A toothbrush can be a great tool to softly scrub the grout lines.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an abrasive and is a great universal stain remover.

White Vinegar

Vinegar will naturally dissolve many types of stains, including grease.


Because of their natural acidity, lemons will remove tough stains as well, including grease.


We all know of the benefits of chlorine bleach in our cleaning projects.

This is to be used as a last resort if other methods don’t work.

And that’s all you need!

As stated earlier, most if not all of these items will already be sitting in your kitchen and, therefore, will cost you nothing.

Step By Step Instructions For How To Remove Grease Stains From Grout

#1. Apply Gloves

The first thing you need to do is put on a good pair of cleaning gloves.

Any type of rubber cleaning glove will work.

If you need some, I like these that I found on Amazon.

Using the gloves will protect your hands from bleach if you need it and keep any grease or tiny food particles from getting lodged underneath your fingernails.

#2. Mix Items To Make HomemadeTile Degreaser

The next step is to combine the items above and create your own homemade degreaser for your grout.

To make the degreaser, just combine one part lemon juice with one part white vinegar and add two parts baking soda.

As you do this, the natural chemical reaction of the ingredients will cause it to fizzle and foam.

Don’t be alarmed; this is normal.

You will need to continue adding baking soda until it becomes a paste in its consistency.

When you have your paste, you are ready to apply it to the grout.

#3. Apply Paste Directly To Grout

Next, spread the paste evenly over all of the stained grout.

Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to let the natural ingredients break down and dissolve the grease.

#4. Lightly Scrub With Toothbrush

Once the paste has been applied evenly and been sitting for 5-10 minutes, you can start to lightly scrub the stained area with your toothbrush.

Pro Tip:

Make sure that you scrub LIGHTLY on the grout surface.

The grout will be sensitive to these ingredients, and if you scrub too hard, you can actually take out some of the grout.

#5. Rinse With Warm Water

Rinse the grout with warm water after scrubbing.

The grease stains and/or small food particles should be removed after the warm water rinse.

If they aren’t, and a small amount remains, you can either repeat the steps above or pour 1 gallon of warm water into a bucket and add 3/4 cup of bleach.

Dip your toothbrush into the bleach/water mix and gently scrub the stained area.

Allow the mixture to sit for half an hour after you’ve scrubbed.

After waiting for the half-hour, mop up the bleach along with any remaining stains.

And there you have it!

No more grease stains on your beautiful tile and grout.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use oxygenated bleach to clean my grout?

The answer is yes.

Pour a cup of powdered oxygen bleach into a gallon bucket of hot water.

Stir the mixture and pour over the stained area.

Let it sit for half an hour while pouring over the stain to keep it wet the whole time.

Scrub with a toothbrush and mop up afterward.

Do I need to wear safety glasses when using chlorine bleach?

It’s always a good idea to use eye and hand protection when cleaning with chlorine bleach.

The chlorine in bleach is a harsh chemical, and some people are more sensitive than others.

It’s better to ere on the side of caution.

What is a good commercial grout cleaner for stubborn stains?

Every now and then, you will run into a stain that everyday household products might not be able to handle.

When this happens, try Tech Grout Cleaner.

Many professionals use this, and the best part is that it doesn’t have any acids, bleach, or harsh chemicals in it and is therefore safe to use around pets and kids.


Have you enjoyed learning how to remove grease stains from grout?

As you can see from the steps above, this doesn’t have to be a long and difficult process.

All you need is a few household products and a little time mixed with determination.

If that’s where you find yourself, then get ready to successfully remove grease stains from grout!

Good luck!