How to: clean your bathtub with just a grapefruit and salt

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I live in a share house with four busy 20-somethings and, as anyone who has ever lodged with other young things can attest, cleaning doesn’t rate high on the priority list. Especially the bathroom. *shudder*

So I’m well qualified to declare with utmost sincerity that the somewhat doubtful duo of grapefruit and salt (first spotted here) really does possess miraculous cleaning powers. I was shocked at how quickly our grimy bathtub and sink morphed into a squeaky clean and shining wonder with very little elbow grease required. All for under $1 and with no nasty chemicals in sight.

What’s more, our subsequent showers were blessed with the delightfully fresh citrus fragrance of grapefruit. Divine.

What you need:

A grapefruit
¼ cup of table salt

How you do it:

Cut your grapefruit in half. This will be more than enough for your tub, sink, taps and other fixtures. Sprinkle the grapefruit with salt, then wet your bathtub and sprinkle more salt around the bottom.

Grab a grapefruit half and start scrubbing. Keep lifting it every few seconds to pick up fresh salt and give it a little squeeze every now and then to drizzle fresh grapefruit juice around the place, especially each fixture.

Rinse the salt and pulp down the drain and revel in the best smelling shower you may ever experience.


14 Responses to How to: clean your bathtub with just a grapefruit and salt

  1. luminousvegans November 15, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Whoa! This is so cool. I’ve been looking for DIY bathroom cleaner stuff. I don’t suppose this does anything for mildew though eh? Just the normal tub soap scum and stuff?

    • Koren November 15, 2013 at 1:04 am #

      Isn’t it! As for it’s mildew eradicating properties … hmm. I have to say I was rather surprised at all the horrid gunk it did manage to remove and things stayed clean for some time. I guess that’s the citrus at work. But we didn’t have any mildew (surprisingly) so I can’t say for sure. Perhaps you can check back if you try it and let me know how it worked?

  2. Halina November 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Interesting! I have some discoloration in my grout that I really need to address. Also, my shower curtain has been habitually gathering this odd orange mold. I’ve actually taken to using hydrochloric acid on both of these issues. Would a simple grapefruit and salt work on such problems?

    • Koren December 5, 2013 at 12:50 am #

      Ooo, orange mould. How delightful! You might need something a little more “heavy duty” for that. I found this recipe for grout cleaner that looks pretty easy and natural, using just water, baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar. Perhaps it might zap your orange friends, too? Let us know what you try and what works!

  3. Lori Mauger December 3, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    Neat trick! Amazing what can be accomplished without fancy store-bought cleaners.

  4. Erin B (@SheCooksGardens) December 10, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    This is such a great idea!

    • Koren December 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks, Erin! I’m still a little surprised that it actually works …

  5. Laurie Penner February 22, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Is this safe to use on a plastic shower? Will it scratch?

    • Koren April 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

      Hmm, I’ve never tried it on plastic so I can’t be sure. It is pretty gentle though. Perhaps test on a small patch first?

  6. Hope Howard September 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    It is a fantastic idea.My husband couldn`t find out what I used to clean our bath. It is really amazing. I am going to try next time with lemon instead of grapefruit. I hope it is a good idea, too. Greetings!

    • Koren September 30, 2015 at 12:37 am #

      Yes, lemon works great, too! Good one. 🙂


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