Your kitchen is one of the areas of your house most prone to getting dirty. This is why so many of us spend so many of our precious waking hours cleaning every surface we can think of, especially our white kitchen tiles.

Cleaning white tiles that have yellowed with grime and age can be tedious and often frustrating if you don’t get the results you seek, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you want to clean your white tiles that have yellowed without having to spend a ton of money or waste a ton of time, follow me below for some grade A advice.

How To Clean White Tiles That Have Yellowed

To clean white tiles that have started to look grimy and yellowed, take some white vinegar and mix it with equal parts water in a clean spray bottle. Spray each yellowed tile generously and wait 10 to 15 minutes before wiping them clean and dry with a soft cloth. 

Another effective trick to clean white tiles that have yellowed is to take half a cup of baking soda and mix it with a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide (available in most pharmacies and supermarkets), and a spoonful of dishwashing soap.

Use this mixture to scrub your yellowing tiles and remove the accumulated grime. Let this mixture sit on your tiles for about 10 minutes before removing it with a wet sponge to find squeaky clean and sparkly tiles underneath.

If you notice that your grout lines have yellowed and started to look grimey, you can make a paste out of bleach and baking soda (1 part bleach to 3 parts baking soda) and use a hard bristled brush to work the bleach/baking soda paste into the dirty grout lines to remove mold, mildew, and ugly yellow stains.

If you are interested in learning about other highly effective and convenient ways to clean white tiles that have yellowed, check out more tips below.

Cleaning White Kitchen Tiles

Clean Tiles Will Renew Your Kitchen

Cleaning your white kitchen tiles that are yellowing from age and a buildup of dirt is one of the easiest ways to give your kitchen a new fresh ambiance.

Generally speaking, kitchens are both the hardest-working and messiest rooms in any house. This means that your white kitchen tiles are likely to turn a grimy yellow shade easily unless you take the time and make an effort to clean them, especially marble floor tiles.

Below I’m going to tell you 4 more easy, inexpensive, and effective restoration methods to clean white tiles that have yellowed.

4 Ways To Clean Your Dirty Kitchen Tiles

Most people tend to think that you require expensive chemical cleaners to whiten their yellowed kitchen tiles, but the truth is that you can do a fantastic job with some common household items that you likely already have lying about.

Here are my go-to methods for cleaning dirty kitchen tiles.

Bleach and Water

A simple mix of bleach and water can be just what you need to clear superficial grime and light staining. Simply combine some household bleach and water in a spray bottle, and apply it to your dirty tiles. After about 10 minutes you can scrub the grime and stains out, easy as pie.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar are one of the most effective methods available to clean dirt around your kitchen. The unique chemical reaction caused by the high acidity of the vinegar and the alkaline nature of the baking soda is very powerful and able to destroy yellowed stains. 

To achieve the perfect cleansing formula mix 1 quarter cup of water, 3 quarter cups of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a plastic spray bottle. Spray it directly on your dirtiest tiles and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing and wiping away the excess moisture.

Washing yellowed kitchen tiles

Hydrogen Peroxide

If you find yourself dealing with a particularly stubborn stain and the methods above do not provide you with positive results, you can supercharge your baking soda/vinegar cleaning solution with hydrogen peroxide.

Prepare the same mixture of ¼ cup of water, and ¾ cup of vinegar, with 2 tablespoons of baking soda, but this time add some 3% hydrogen peroxide solution (this can be bought in any pharmacy or supermarket) to boost the ingredients’ cleaning power.

Apply the mixture to your dirty tiles and let it sit for about 10 minutes before removing it with the help of a brush and some clean water.


You can take things a step further by buying a bottle of pure household ammonia and using that to work at the worst stains. To use ammonia safely, however, you must dilute it with water. The recommended ratio is ¼ cup of ammonia per 1 gallon of water. 

You can use a mop or a sponge to apply this solution to your tiles and clean them of even the worst stains.

As you can see, cleaning kitchen tiles that have yellowed is not that difficult. And the best part is that as long as you follow the tips outlined above, you won’t spend much money or time doing so.