How To Clean a Bathtub Naturally with a Grapefruit & Salt

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If you make your own green cleaners, why not change things up once in awhile? Sure, you can throw a few things together in a spray bottle and get busy, but for some jobs is great to keep it simple, fresh and smelling oh so amazing! I've been preparing our bathtub for the last month (aka not cleaning it, all in the name of good blogging, of course) in preparation for this super simple fruity cleaning trick!

What You Need

1 Grapefruit
1/4 cup kosher salt


1. Halve Grapefruit: 1 medium to large grapefruit will clean your entire bath or shower from top to bottom, including all the fixtures. Simply cut it in half with a knife and you'll be all set.

2. Sprinkle With Salt: Using 1 grapefruit half at a time, sprinkle liberally with salt. Wet your bathtub and sprinkle the remaining salt around the bottom.

3. Take That Scrubbing Bubbles! Scrub your grapefruit around your shower or tub, making sure to slightly "juice" the citrus over each fixture and lifting it every few seconds to pick up fresh salt from around the tub instead of just pushing it around.

4. Rinse: When all is said and done, simply rinse away the pulpy bits and the salt and your shower is as good as new. Not only is it clean, it will smell so fantastic you'll want to curl up in it and read a book. Ok, probably not, but you get the idea!

Additional Notes:
This technique will get thick grime and dirt rings off your shower area and does amazing work on cast iron tubs especially. You can also use this method to clean your sinks, toilets, tile and more — it just depends on how grapefruit crazy you want to get!

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Re-edited from a post originally published 5.21.10 - JL

(Image credits: Sarah Rae Trover)