How to Use Baking Soda for Cleaning Shower Tiles

Baking soda is a natural substance that can be used to clean many things, including your shower tiles. It’s made from sodium bicarbonate and is one of the least abrasive cleaning compounds you could opt for. As a result, it’s unlikely to scratch or damage most surfaces.

You can use baking soda as a simple non-toxic but effective shower tile cleaner. 

In this article, you’ll learn how to use baking soda to clean your shower tiles. 

Let’s begin.

What You’ll Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Sponge, scrubbing pad, or brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Water
  • Dish soap (optional)


  1. Wear your rubber cleaning gloves.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda directly on the shower tiles. You can also mix in a few drops of dish soap.
  3. Scrub the tiles with a brush until you have removed enough grime to get the desired level of cleanliness.
  4. Rinse the tiles thoroughly with water.
  5. Repeat as necessary until you’re satisfied with the result.

Why Use Baking Soda?

Baking soda is an effective, natural cleaner that can be used in the shower, toilet, kitchen, and more. It’s a non-toxic chemical that doesn’t emit any fumes. Baking soda is great for cleaning shower tiles and grout because it’s abrasive enough to break up dirt and stains but mild enough to be safe to use on most surfaces.

You can also use baking soda as a scouring powder. The abrasive texture of baking soda makes it ideal for removing tough stains when mixed with water.

Shower Tiles to Avoid Cleaning with Baking Soda

There are a few types of shower tiles that you can’t or shouldn’t clean with baking soda. If the surface of your tiles feels delicate, like they could flake or scratch easily, it is best to avoid using baking soda to clean them.

You should also avoid cleaning porous surfaces, like travertine or limestone, with baking soda because it will leave white stains as the water evaporates and may also cause long-term damage by eating away at the surface.

Lastly, if you have expensive tiles—especially antique ones—it is best to hire a professional cleaner to make sure you don’t accidentally damage their value in any way.

How Often Should You Clean Shower Tiles?

How often you should clean your shower tiles depends on how much you use the shower.

If you shower daily, at least once a week is recommended. But if you don’t use the shower as frequently, cleaning every 2 weeks should be enough.


Baking soda is an excellent, inexpensive way to clean and unclog your shower tile. However, if the grime is too tough for baking soda alone, you may need to use a combination of baking soda and vinegar. Or you might want to try a more specialized cleaner that cuts through soap scum faster.

Whatever method you choose, you’ll be able to get your shower tile clean in no time!

Read this article to learn how to use baking soda with vinegar to clean tiles to learn more.

Thanks for reading my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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