Alicia W
Alicia W
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  • Middletown, PA

Remove Soap Scum With a Grapefruit and Kosher Salt

3 Materials
$1
5 Minutes
Easy

Remove that awful soap scum using all natural products which leaves behind a fresh citrus scent!
remove soap scum with a grapefruit and kosher salt
All you need are two simple ingredients: grapefruit and kosher salt. Begin by slicing your grapefruit in half.

remove soap scum with a grapefruit and kosher salt
Liberally pour the kosher salt onto the cut half of the grapefruit.
remove soap scum with a grapefruit and kosher salt
Scrub the soap scum, adding more salt as you go along.
remove soap scum with a grapefruit and kosher salt
Rinse well with water. (If I was not taking pictures, I would have closed the door and rinsed it using the shower head.)
remove soap scum with a grapefruit and kosher salt
Dry well.

*Please note that grapefruit is toxic to pets. Be sure to dry the area well before letting pets come in contact.
remove soap scum with a grapefruit and kosher salt
I also cleaned the shower handle. This is before....
remove soap scum with a grapefruit and kosher salt
And this is after!!!
remove soap scum with a grapefruit and kosher salt
Squeaking clean and ready for a shower!

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31 questions
  • Kara S.
    on Apr 24, 2017

    Did this leave your door or handles sticky?
    • Alicia W
      on May 1, 2017

      No not at all. Just make sure you rinse well.
    • Lin Collins
      on Feb 4, 2018

      I'm sure in your house it would definitely leave everything sticky. Everyone except you has the brains to RINSE!
  • Stephanie Ito
    on Apr 24, 2017

    Does this work on hard water stains too??
    • Alicia W
      on May 1, 2017

      I didn't try it on hard water but what do you have to loose? Let me know if it works.
    • Senior Chief
      on May 7, 2017

      The acid in the grapefruit will help with hard water marks like vinegar does. You'll have to be pretty consistent because your not able to soak. Also this process will shine your copper & brass 👍
    • Ardale
      on May 7, 2017

      Lemon and salt also work great to clean and shine copper! I imagine if you don't have a grapefruit handy then lemon would probably be a good alternative for cleaning soap scum.
    • Gale Em
      on May 7, 2017

      At $5 a grapefruit, it's not for me. Nice in the south, but up north, only if you are made of money. I refuse to treat my shower better than me!
    • Gail
      on May 7, 2017

      I used a lemon to clean the toilet bowl ring that I had tried everything to remove. First cut in half, use a vented squeezer then, drain seeds and pulp. Pour in the juice, let it set for a while. Return to use the brush the stain goes away like magic. If you have very hard water it might take two applications. Safe for septic systems.
    • Kay
      on May 7, 2017

      Why not just use Bi Card of Soda, or white vinigar, and Lemmon juce. Citrus fruit can some times, depending on the time of year, and weather, be quite expensive. Citrus friut goes off, so it dosen't keep for long. Bi Card of soda and vinigar, can be brought in bulk, are just as effective and more economical to use. They are natural product's to! Bi Card of Soda is good for shinnig mettal, it's not as harsh as some products but still gets rid off grim and greas leaving a sparkling finish. Just.a thought! I use a combination of these products all the time as I find them to be very effective. Kay Adelaide Australia
  • Julie Green
    on May 7, 2017

    why kosher salt
    • Thaiconey
      on May 7, 2017

      Good question, exactly why? Does soap scum know the difference as I am guessing the salt is the abrasive in this method?
    • Thaiconey
      on May 7, 2017

      Should have looked up Kosher salt before I replied :) Kosher salt is generally more coarse than normal salt and takes longer to dissolve so it would help remove the scum as it is more abrasive! Here a bit of education:
      How Kosher Salt Got Its Name
      Any salt can be kosher if it's produced under kosher supervision, but it's not because of Jewish dietary guidelines that kosher salt got its name (which I thought). In fact, something labeled "kosher salt" can actually not be kosher at all! Kosher salt's original purpose was really to kosher meat, meaning to remove the blood from meat, so it's really koshering salt. Certain salt companies labeled the boxes of this coarse salt kosher salt rather than koshering salt, and the name stuck.
    • Julie Green
      on May 7, 2017

      im in australia so we dont have Kosher salt
    • Nancy Wilson
      on May 7, 2017

      Any coarse salt will do.....sea salt is coarser than table salt for example.

    • Johnrollish70
      on May 7, 2017

      Can you order through Amazon in Australia? We order my wife's bath salts from the San Fransisco salt company ( it's the cheapest that I have found) from Amazon.
    • SANDRA MOORE
      on May 7, 2017

      I used to live in Australia. You have salt all over the place and it's free. You can use your own native products and make them yourself. Why give Amazon your money?
    • Ann21380324
      on May 7, 2017

      any supermarket sells "Course salt"; Salt to melt snow is sold a lot here":
    • Gary R. Greer
      on May 7, 2017

      Gentile salt will work also, perhaps not so blessedly, yet good a plenty. Also, it is the citric acid which does the cleaning and some may find that half an orange fits their hands better.
    • Barbara
      on May 7, 2017

      Salt to melt snow and make homemade ice cream is called "Rock salt" and sold in grocery stores
  • Dottie
    on May 7, 2017

    Can you use this on ceramic tile walls?
  • Linda Rodgers
    on May 7, 2017

    What about the seeds? Do you pluck them out before applying the salt? I don't want seeds in my drain.
    • Annette Barsby
      on May 7, 2017

      Take em out if it bothers you of course
    • C Chandler
      on May 7, 2017

      if you have the shower door open as here for the ''cleaning'' they would fall on the towel or what ever you had in place to catch drips. Then close door and us hand held sprayer to rinse. But, if it seems to be a problem for you, then remove them. The seed in NOT the source of the cleaner!
    • Lin Collins
      on Feb 4, 2018

      Gee, let me think about the seed question. Think for just a minute. Worst case scenario is the seeds get washed down the drain.
  • John Filiberti
    on May 7, 2017

    Can I use this on the shower tiles or just the shower door?
    • Cynthia Nye
      on May 7, 2017

      Yes, it is a simple acidic cleaner with an abrasive. You could also use lemon mixed with baking soda.
    • Cynthia Nye
      on May 7, 2017

      Yes, it is a simple acidic cleaner with an abrasive. You could also use lemon mixed with baking soda.
    • Cynthia Nye
      on May 7, 2017

      Yes, it is a simple acidic cleaner with an abrasive. You could also use lemon mixed with baking soda.
    • Cynthia Nye
      on May 7, 2017

      Yes, it is a simple acidic cleaner with an abrasive. You could also use lemon mixed with baking soda.
  • Elmer Lynn
    on May 7, 2017

    How do I remove mill due in the tub
  • Car22532881
    on May 7, 2017

    Will the kosher salt scratch the shower walls and bottom of the stall?
    • Cynthia Nye
      on May 7, 2017

      No it kinda melts as it's used sonit washes off clean.
    • Car22532881
      on May 31, 2017

      Thank you very much for your reply. I've tried lots of cleaners that states on labels to make sure there isn't ammonia in them. Some work pretty good and some don't. Thanks again.
  • Peggy Burnette
    on May 7, 2017

    Does it have to be kosher salt or can you use table salt?

  • Valerie Singleton
    on May 7, 2017

    Does this work on the bathtub
  • Rosa D'Urso Antonello
    on May 8, 2017

    Does have to be kosher salt
    • Susan Jeanne
      on May 9, 2017

      Kosher salt is more gritty than regular table salt which is probably why she recommends it. But table salt will also work. It might require a bit more elbow grease, though.
  • Tammy Brereton
    on May 8, 2017

    What about the grout how can you get that white again?
    • Jackie
      on May 8, 2017

      I have so much trouble trying too keep my grout clean can you please help me??? I'm almost 72 and I need some help!!!
    • Sue Lilly
      on May 15, 2017

      I have used bicarbonate soda,
  • Debra Bergert
    on May 9, 2017

    I too wonder, can it be used on tile in shower? the apt i moved in to i cannot get it clean enough. i have arthritis and back problems and need a GOOD helper
    • Alicia W
      on May 15, 2017

      The kosher salt does not scratch. It "melts" into the grapefruit; however, I would try it on a small part of your shower just to put your mind at ease before scrubbing the entire shower.
  • Gma22542774
    on May 10, 2017

    will it work on fiberglass shower? If not how do u clean thos?
  • Becky Moore Shearon
    on May 16, 2017

    Will this in tub
  • Michele Coffey
    on May 20, 2017

    Any chance it will scratch the glass or finish of hardware?
  • Bonnie Nelson
    on May 20, 2017

    .can. it work on fiberglass shower
    • Alicia W
      on Jun 9, 2017

      Yes it should. I would try it in an conspicuous location first to make sure it doesn't scratch.
  • Sue Cleveland
    on May 23, 2017

    Will it work on ceramic tile?
  • Mil24602463
    on Jun 8, 2017

    Why Kosher salt. Surely sea salt would do the same and could lemon or orange replace grapefruit as they are all acidic.
    • Alicia W
      on Jun 9, 2017

      All true. You can use any course salt and any citrus fruit.
  • Mem24781322
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Won't the salt scratch the door and walls?
  • Mar23954325
    on Jun 17, 2017

    What's the difference of kosher salt excuse my ignorance
  • Jill Lipsitz
    on Jun 21, 2017

    Can this technique be used on acrylic bath tub
    • Lindy
      on Apr 7, 2018

      i;m guessing a no on this--the salt would scratch the acrylic

    • DB
      on Apr 7, 2018

      Seems to me baking soda & vinegar is cheaper-- Eat the grapefruit -- a shame to waste it on your showerstall

  • Diane Bidar Mezzanotte
    on Dec 16, 2017

    Can this be used on granite
    • Alicia W
      on Dec 17, 2017

      Hi Diane. Yes I would think it could be used on granite; however, I would try in on a small area just to make sure.

    • Gar29401485
      on Apr 7, 2018

      I have been advised by installer no way anything citrus on granite. Always wipe it up quickly if it spills on it.

    • Kathy
      on Apr 7, 2018

      You should NOT use something acidic on granite unless you have a desire to replace it.

    • DB
      on Apr 7, 2018

      NO!! will ruin the finish and seep into the stone

  • Cammie
    on Jan 21, 2018

    Can you use this method on acrylic bathtub , walls and vanity sink?
  • Connie Christianson
    on Apr 7, 2018

    Will it work on hard water stains on the glass door?

  • Pam1418628
    on Apr 7, 2018

    Why does it have to be Kosher salt?

    • Nhill5
      on Apr 7, 2018

      Kosher salt is a course salt. Since the grain size is larger it scrubs soap scum and lime build up away much easier. Doesn't deteriorate as fast.

    • Nicki Petruzzella Kerns
      on Apr 7, 2018

      I'm not the OP, but I bet it's because the grains of kosher salt are much larger and coarser than regular table salt, so they'd be much more effective for scrubbing.

    • Pam1418628
      on Apr 7, 2018

      So then sea salt in those big containers that is real coarse might work, too? I haven't noticed Kosher salt in the stores I go to.

  • Mary Coakley
    on Apr 12, 2018

    Would sea salt.work?cannot get.kosher salt

  • Cecilia Hennemann Erdmann
    on Apr 23, 2018

    Can you clean the grout around the tile as well??

  • CHERYL MULLINS
    on Apr 26, 2018

    Will the salt scratch enclosure

  • Diane
    on Mar 30, 2019

    Can it be used on marble?

    • DB
      on Mar 30, 2019

      No Salt & Acid is corrosive to Granite and Marble Finish.

  • Sherry
    on Apr 4, 2019

    Can you do shower tiles with this method?

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