Last week I cam across a pin from Apartment Therapy titled How to Clean a Bathtub with Grapefruit and Salt. The post claims that “This technique will get thick grime and dirt rings off your shower area and does amazing work on cast iron tubs especially”. Over the past couple of years, I have started making my own cleaning products and was curious to give this a try.
When I got home from work, I pulled up the article, cut open a grapefruit and measured out 1/4 cup of kosher salt and set out to clean my shower. I will warn you now… my shower is pretty gross. There is nothing I despise more than cleaning the shower and somehow this job always falls into my domain.
The best part of this cleaning method is the smell. The fresh grapefruit smells fresh and amazing. Initially, the grapefruit and salt scrub did a good job of removing the first really grimy section of my shower. I was able to remove the grime in the picture above with little effort.
Looks a hell of a lot cleaner than the before image right? The grapefruit even removed a lot of the grime that you can see above accumulating in the shower seam. Initially, I was impressed with this cleaning trick. As I moved on to the rest of the shower, however, I changed my tune.
The major problem with this method is that one grapefruit doesn’t go very far. I burned through my grapefruit pretty quickly and once the initial juice and pulp was squeezed out, it became increasingly difficult to scrub away the other pockets of grime. I also found that the pulp ended up everywhere, which was difficult to rinse away, especially when it got stuck in the seams of the shower.
- Non-Toxic Cleaning perfect for preggos like me
- The grapefruit smells fresh and amazing
- Initially the dirt scrubbed away with relatively little effort
- The delicious citrus smell doesn’t last long. It disappears when you rinse away the pulp.
- The pulp can be tricky to rinse out of nooks and crannies.
- The effectiveness of the grapefruit wears off quickly and it would take several grapefruit to successfully clean a single shower.
While this method of cleaning a shower is non-toxic and smells delicious, it is not very effective. Thoroughly cleaning your entire shower would require a lot more than one grapefruit. I don’t think using several grapefruits to clean your tub is cost effective and the more grapefruits you use, the more annoying pulp there is to rinse away. I believe there are better home remedies out there for scrubbing your tub. In the end, I would rather eat my grapefruits than use them to clean my shower.