Running Low on Cleaning Products? Try These 4 Grapefruit DIYs!
However, the increased demand for the products needed to do this cleaning has resulted in shortages in some areas. While grapefruit is known to be antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial, no evidence exists currently that show that cleaning products made from the delicious fruit can kill COVID-19. You can, however, use them in your home to help your disinfectant supply last longer.
For some of these recipes, you’ll only need the peel of your Rio Red grapefruit, which if you still manage to have some saved from last season, you’re ready to go! If you’re looking for the juiciest, sweetest red grapefruits available, we suggest you try our Texas Rio Red grapefruit at Winter Sweetz when our season rolls around here in the next few months, just remember to save the peels!
1. Grapefruit Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Use this grapefruit multi-purpose cleaner to clean certain areas of your home so that you can save your disinfectant cleaners for your high-traffic areas. Plus, the sweet red grapefruit in this cleaner will leave your home smelling fresh.
What You’ll Need:
- One Winter Sweetz Texas Rio Red grapefruit
- White vinegar
- A mason jar with a lid
- A spray bottle
How to Make Your Cleaner:
- Peel your grapefruit (snack time!).
- Fill your jar with the peels and white vinegar.
- Lid your jar and let the mixture sit for 2 weeks.
- Fill the spray bottle with one part infused vinegar, one part water.
- Use the same as you would any multi-purpose cleaner.
2. Grapefruit Floor Cleaner
One area where you may want to use a grapefruit-based cleaner rather than a disinfectant is the floor. This grapefruit floor cleaner is easy to make, easy to use, and will leave your floors squeaky-clean and smelling lovely.
The Ingredients You’ll Need:
- ½ cup of freshly squeezed Texas red grapefruit juice
- 5 teaspoons of Borax
- 1 teaspoon of grapefruit peel, finely grated
- 5 tablespoons of white vinegar
- 1 bucket
Making the Floor Cleaner:
- Fill your bucket almost to the top with hot water, leaving a little bit of headspace.
- Add your ingredients and mix well.
- Use it as a regular floor cleaner.
3. Grapefruit Tub Cleaner
Tubs and sinks are another great place to use grapefruit cleaner, though you should still use disinfectant for the faucet and any knobs. This simple tub cleaner is a great alternative to other cleaners with harsh chemicals.
- 1 Rio Red grapefruit from Texas
- ½ cup of salt
- First, cut your grapefruit in half.
- Sprinkle the tops of the halves generously with salt.
- Rinse your tub or sink with warm water.
- Sprinkle the remaining salt across the tub.
- Thoroughly scrub with salted grapefruit halves.
- Rinse the tub.
4. Grapefruit Mold and Mildew Buster
This Texas grapefruit-based mold and mildew remover may be able to kill bacteria and keep it from returning. Plus, the citrusy smell of grapefruits can help replace the musty smells often associated with wet places.
- ½ cup of freshly squeezed Texas grapefruit juice
- ½ cup of Borax
- 1 cup of vinegar
- A small spray bottle
What to do:
- Mix all ingredients together in the spray bottle.
- Spray on the area you wish to clean.
- Let sit for one hour.
- Wipe away the solution with a clean sponge or rag.