Grapefruit Extract: What It Is, How To Use It


Many people believe that grapefruit seed is an underappreciated gem. It cleans, protects, and preserves delicate foods, and studies show that it is an efficient natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-protozoan, and antiseptic disinfection. Aviculturists have been using it for bird-related reasons for numerous years.

Grapefruit seed extract has been evaluated and verified by the FDA and USDA, as well as a number of doctors, in the years following its discovery. Grapefruit seed extract’s active component is non-toxic and is derived from grapefruit seed and pulp. Polyphenolic chemicals abound in this liquid. In laboratory experiments, GSE was shown to be 10 to 100 times more efficient as a disinfectant than chlorine, colloidal silver, and iodine. GSE was studied by the US Department of Agriculture and shown to be effective against four animal viruses, including avian influenza.

Uses –

Add to Drinking Water – 1 drop of GSE in 8 ounces of water inhibits pathogen development and eliminates existing parasites.

  • All Purpose Cleaner – Add 15-30 drops of extract to any 32 oz pump sprayer filled with your preferred cleaner, or plain water. Use on all home and aviary surfaces.
  • Antibacterial Soap – To an eight-ounce pump bottle of your preferred hand soap, add 10-15 drops of GSE.
  • Carpet Cleaning – Add 10-15 drops per gallon in the reservoir to destroy staph, strep, aspergillus, salmonella, and other harmful organisms.
  • Cleaning Chicks After Feeding – Wet the cleaning cloth with 2-3 drops GSE in a big basin of warm water.
  • Cleaning a Cutting Board, Perches, and Other Wood Surfaces – Apply 5-10 drops of extract to a cutting surface and work it into the whole board with a moist sponge or dishcloth. Set aside for at least 60 minutes. Before usage, rinse with water. As an alternative, combine 1 tablespoon GSE in 16 ounces of water and spray or dip perches for 30 minutes. Thoroughly rinse and dry your hair.
  • Dish and Utensil Cleaner – Add 10-20 drops of extract to the dishwashing water in the sink or to the final rinse. You could do the same with dishwashers.
  • Laundry Disinfection – Add 10-15 drops of GSE to the final rinse water.
  • Preventing Algae Growth in Humidifiers and Incubators – Add 3-4 teaspoons of GSE per gallon of water in the reservoir.
  • Mold Prevention in Sprouted Seeds – For the first soak water and subsequent rinse water, use 1 tablespoon GSE per gallon of water.
  • Skin Rinse (for mild skin irritations and hand cleaning) – Combine 1-2 drops per tablespoon.
  • Vegetable Wash (Sink Washing) – Pour 20 drops or more of the extract into a sink full of cold water. Soak any veggies or fruits for a few minutes. (Spray Washing) Use a sprayer pump to add 20 drops per 32oz bottle of water. Shake vigorously before spraying on any veggies or fruits. When finished, rinse thoroughly.

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