As summer is here it is hard to resist taking advantage of all the vintage festivals and shows that are in full swing which means hours of gratifying mooching and the resulting tired feet. Nothing soothes tired muscles better than a good soak in the bath, but if your bath tub is slightly-neglected and more of a haven for grime than a space for rest and relaxation then you might want to give your bath tub a spruce up to make it fit for a Vintage Queen to soak in.

Grapefruit Grime Buster


1 Grapefruit

½ an English Tea-cup coarse rock salt


Cut the grapefruit in half.   Using half of the fruit at a time, sprinkle the top of the fruit liberally with salt. Wet your bathtub and sprinkle the remaining salt around its bottom. Now it’s time to get to scrubbing! Scrub your grapefruit around your shower or tub, making sure to give the grapefruit a good squeeze and release the citrus juice over each nook and cranny of the bath as well as over the tap fixtures. Lift your grapefruit scrubber up every few seconds to pick up fresh salt from around the tub as it is the citrus-salt combination that give the best cleaning results. With the grapefruit scrubbing complete all that remains to be done is to rinse away the pulpy bits and the salt and of course to admire your gleaming bath.peel2

Top Tip: You can also use the rind of the grapefruit on stubborn stains and ground in grimy areas.

If you want a natural bath or shower cleaner on hand for just giving the bath a wipe over then you might want to consider making a batch of citrus vinegar cleaner, this cleaner has all the power of vinegar (without the smell) and the added boost of citrus zing.

Citrus and Vinegar Household Cleaner


Citrus Peel from Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits (you can use one type of peel or any combination)

White Distilled Vinegar


Take a large glass jar (I use a Kilner style jar) and fill it with your choice of citrus peel. Pack the jar with as much citrus peel as possible.

Pour the white distilled vinegar into the jar, filling it almost to the top, ensuring that you leave enough space to screw on the jar lid.

Place the jar or bottle in a cool, dry area. Allow the mixture to infuse for approximately 10 days. This will help the essential oils to mix with the vinegar, which not only creates a good odour, but also turns this liquid into a potent cleaner that will remove stubborn stains not only in the bathroom, but around the home. This mixture is particularly good for cleaning ceramic, stone porcelain and laminate surfaces.

Top Tip:

Use the citrus vinegar cleaning solution to clean nearly any surface in the home, but always test it in an inconspicuous area when using for the first time, especially on wood surfaces as it may cause discolouration.




About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog,