How to clean discolored grout

1. Get a spray bottle and fill it with 2 parts water to 1 part bleach.

2. Spray generously over the grout, making sure not to spray it on anything the bleach might stain.

3. Let the bleach mixture sit for 30 minutes.

4. Use a small stiff brush or toothbrush to scrub the grout.

5. Rinse off, or use a sponge to clear the bleach from the grout.

6. If the discoloration still persists, repeat all steps. If the grout is stained beyond cleaning, you may want to re place it.

TIP: When using grout, follow the directions on the back of the box or bag. Make sure you mix it to toothpaste like consistency.

Handy Person Tips

• When a drain is clogged with grease, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a kettle of boiling water.
• If your water taps have a tendency to freeze during a cold spell, leave your taps on slightly: Running water will not freeze.
• Frozen water pipes can safely and easily be thawed out by using an ordinary hair dryer nozzle directed at the frozen pipe.
• To tighten cane-bottomed chairs, turn them upside down and liberally apply hot water to the underside. Dry the chairs in the sun.
• When sanding or refinishing, cover your hand with an old nylon stocking. Glide your hand over the surface to be re done. Any rough areas will snag the stocking where more sanding needs to be done.
• To restore odor to an old cedar chest or closet, sandpaper lightly. This reopens pores in the wood to restore breathing.
• Spring-type clothespins are useful as clamps to hold light weight glued materials together.
• To find a wall stud, hold a pocket compass level with the floor and at a right angle to the wall. Slowly move it along the surface of the wall. Movement of the compass will indicate the presence of nails and reveal stud location.
• You always have a measuring tape in your pocket — a dollar bill is exactly six inches long and just short of three inches wide.
• Use non-stick vegetable spray to lubricate squeaky hinges and sticky locks.
• Loosen rusted nuts or bolts with a few drops of ammonia or peroxide.
• To help remove stubborn nuts and bolts, pour on some cola soft drink.
• You can retrieve a broken key by putting some strong metal adhesive on the handle and holding it to the part stuck in the lock. Hold it there until the glue has set. When it holds, pull out the key. Don’t use the key again.
• Four or five mothballs in your toolbox will keep the tools from rusting.
• A piece of chalk or charcoal in your toolbox will attract moisture and keep your tools from rusting.
• Save your old nuts, bolts and washers. They make excellent sinkers for your fishing line.