Grapefruit Bathroom Cleaner

by Merissa on November 16, 2011

in Frugal Living Tips, Natural Living

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I'm sure you've heard of the cleaning power of citrus. Maybe you've even bought cleaners with some kind of citrus essenial oil in them. But I'm guessing you haven't made a cleaner quite like this before. Here's what you need:

Grapefruit Bathroom Cleaner

  • Grapefruit
  • Salt

Oh yes. That's it. Could it be any easier? Here's what you do.

1. First, wet the shower/tub/sink or whatever bathroom surface you need to clean.

2. Sprinkle the salt all over the areas that you put water on in the bathroom. (P.S. I felt a little bit like I was sprinkling fairy dust all over on this step or something.)

3. Cut your grapefruit in half.

4. Using the grapefruit like a sponge, start scrubbing! Make sure you squeeze the grapefruit as you are going along so that nice citrusy juice gets all over.

5. When you are done, rise off the area you cleaned with water or wipe down with a wet rag.

6. Enjoy your clean bathroom!

Ready to move on and make more of your own cleaners? Check out my list of homemade cleaners recipes!

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1 Lisa Littleton November 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I am going to try this. I hate the smell of fumes from cleaners. Thank You!!!

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2 Lisa Littleton November 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I am going to try this. I hate the smell of fumes from cleaners. Thank You!!!

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3 Charity November 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Thanks, Merissa! Great idea!!

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4 Charity November 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Thanks, Merissa! Great idea!!

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5 Debbie November 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Grapefruit is one of my favorite smells!!! Will be trying this

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6 Debbie November 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Grapefruit is one of my favorite smells!!! Will be trying this

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7 Caitlin November 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Love this!

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8 Caitlin November 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Love this!

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9 Cindy April 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

I will try this, sure hope it works on fiberglass showers and tubs. :)

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10 SimplyRawesome January 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Hmmmm… while this sounds very intriguing, I just don’t know if I can do this. As I sit here and savor a wonderfully delicious glass of fresh squeezed red grapefruit juice, I’d be hard pressed to waste a perfectly good grapefruit on my bathroom sink, tub, toilet, or whatever. I love grapefruit way too much! lol. I reckon I’ll stick with my baking soda for cleansing my bathroom. Thanks for the tip though! =)

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11 Merissa January 10, 2013 at 6:33 am

I only use the grapefruits that are past their prime for this!

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12 April Briggs January 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I’m with SimplyRawesome on this. I cannot waste a grapefruit. I will check out your other suggestions though. Maybe I can find something better than the cleansers they have available on the market.
& while I did see where you said you only use the grapefruits that are past their prime, I don’t think I could purposely let one get past it’s prime. So, I am wondering do you get them from the grocer that way?

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13 Fay Clegg January 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Does this work on hard water or soap scum?

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14 Merissa January 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

To a certain extent. It won’t get the really hard stuck on stuff off but it does a pretty good job on the regular dingyness hard water causes.

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15 Tasha January 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I usually use baking soda and vinegar, but this would work great too. (I have started to infuse my vinegar with citrus peels anyways, so it even smells like oranges. This is almost the same thing!

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16 Floyd Gary Thacker April 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

We are concerned about cleaners on our hands and our skin absorbing the toxins in them. This is a perfect solution. Thanks for posting. Simple living is a great stress reducer.

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17 Kristin November 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

I would think this would exfoliate dry hands nicely while you clean, too…a
two-fer! :)

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18 Heather February 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Sorry if someone mentioned this……..don’t use this if you have Travertine. Over time the citrus will “pit” the surface.

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19 Melissa Carr March 24, 2014 at 11:08 am

Maybe use the “squeezed” half of the grapefruit after juicing. The remaining pulp and citrus oils from the peel will be effective enough to work. THEN you don’t have to sacrifice the juice, and get double use out of the half of grapefruit! I also use lemons this way after hand juicing with a reamer. There will inevitably be SOME membrane/juice left in it even after juicing!

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20 Terri August 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Is this safe for a fiberglass (or whatever that plastic is called nowadays) shower/tub surround? I’m concerned about scratches from the salt. Anyone tried this on fiberglass (or whatever that plastic is called nowadays) and know whether it’s safe for that type of surface?

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