The Wonders of Grapefruit Seed Extract…Really?

Grapefruit Seed Extract is either a miracle homeopathic remedy that kills all things fungal or it’s a big farce marketing itself as a “natural” product when really the miracle cure is the benzalkonium chloride, parabens, and triclosan thrown into the product.

This is the type of information that is out on the web for Grapefruit Seed Extract. Our new neighbor left us a bottle when she departed to return to Canada yesterday.  She has had a battle over the last few weeks with mold and mildew in her new house because, for the most part she’s been unable to dry it out without having electricity to run her air conditioners on “dry”.  And so, the last week she was here, the last week of what turned out to be a four-week stay, she ran the air conditioners constantly and touted the beauty of using Grapefruit Seed Extract as a miracle cure-all.

Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth (so to speak, I’m not saying my new neighbor is a horse, we’ve lucked in thus far in the neighbor department), we gratefully accepted her $26.54 cent gift of two ounces of this miracle product.  Our house is pretty dried out by now (remember I said it takes about a year) but we do have a little mildew on the concrete sinks and showers in our bathroom.

The extract is made thusly (credit to Organic Consumers):

  1. Grapefruit pulp and seed is dried and ground into a fine powder;
  2. The powder is dissolved in purified water and distilled to remove the fiber and pectin;
  3. The distilled slurry is spray dried at low temperatures forming a concentrated flavonoid powder;
  4. This concentrated powder is dissolved in vegetable glycerine and heated;
  5. Food grade ammonium chloride and ascorbic acid are added, and this mixture is heated under pressure. The amount of ammonium chloride remaining in finished Citricidal is 15-19%; the amount of ascorbic acid remaining is 2.5-3.0%;
  6. The ammoniated mixture undergoes catalytic conversion using natural catalysts, including hydrochloric acid and natural enzymes. There is no residue of hydrochloric acid after the reaction; and
  7. The slurry is cooled, filtered, and treated with ultraviolet light.

That’s an awful lot of technical and scientific jargon but what it comes down to is that the seeds are ground, put in purified water, filtered and then treated with ultraviolet light to sterilize it.  The bottle says that you can put 5 – 15 drops into a glass of juice or water and drink this concoction one to three times daily for nutritional support.  I don’t know if I’d want to drink something for nutritional support that can also kills athletes foot and mildew on my shower walls.  Umm, no.  I’ve also noted that one drop on my skin elicits a warming effect so there’s some sort of chemical reaction going on.

For now, I’ve added about 20 drops to a small spray bottle of water and sprayed the wall in the shower stall where our organizer is.  Poor air circulation around this convenient apparatus has caused some mildew to form behind it.  I’ve checked it a couple of times in the last ten minutes and it seems to be working albeit a little slower than my usual full strength bleach spray.  The bonus of using the extract though is that the overspray that I always seem to get, doesn’t remove the color from my clothing and it’s odorless.  So, it gets a pass for mildew removal.

I’ve checked on-line with and the same brand in a four-ounce bottle sells for $14.99.  Depending on how effective it is, I just may have to order another bottle or two to control all things fungal in the campo.



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