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Can citric acid be used for cleaning?

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2021-07-28      Origin: Site

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What exactly is citric acid? It's an acid compound naturally found in citrus fruits, but it can also be derived from mold-based fermentation.

If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients of modern cleaning products, you’ll probably find a scary list of toxic chemicals.

While they might work perfectly fine to get rid of dirt and germs, most of those chemicals end up in our water system, causing serious damage to marine life.

But there is an alternative that every household should consider.

Citric acid is one of the most versatile natural cleaning agents that also happens to be one of the most eco-friendly ways to clean your home.

But you have to be careful how and where you use it, as it’s not a suitable product for some types of materials.



Citric acid is a chelating agent, bactericide, fungicide, anticoagulant, agricultural chemical, therapeutic agent, sequestrant, and hematologic agent.

How To Use A Citric Acid Cleaner At Home

Cleaning Uses

Because citric acid kills bacteria, mold, and mildew, it's great for general disinfecting and cleaning. It's also effective at removing soap scum, hard water stains, calcium deposits, lime, and rust. Also, it serves as a preservative in many cleaning solutions. Because lemon juice contains 5 percent to 8 percent citric acid, it's often used in green cleaning.

Citric acid is used in several cleaning products, such as auto cleaning products , metal cleaners, oven cleaners, dishwasher cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, soap-scum removers, bathroom cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, carpet cleaners, dish soaps, laundry detergents, air fresheners, window cleaners, stain removers, and dishwasher rinse aids.

1. Deep-cleaning your kettle and coffee pot

This is possibly one of the most common citric acid uses for households. Your kettle will probably suffer from the biggest build up of limescale if your water is particularly hard.

You can create magic though when you add this ingredient to hot water. That’s when the acid will attack the limescale and completely dissolve it.

2. Removing grime and build up from your dishwasher

3. Removing limescale from your faucets and sinks

4. Getting rid of hard water stains from your toilet bowl

5. Disinfecting surface areas in your home


Citric acid is also a potent antimicrobial,  so you should favor this green cleaner for other areas in your home like kitchen counters, tables, or other surfaces where you eat or prepare food.

To disinfect those surfaces in your home, simply mix a few spoonfuls of it with warm water in a spray bottle, add a few drops of essential oils, and your home will smell as clean as it is. 


Other Uses

In addition to its use in cleaning products, citric acid is used in a variety of other industries, such as personal care, agricultural, food, pharmaceutical, and electroplating industries. In the food industry, it serves as a preservative, flavoring agent, and vegetable rinse. In personal care products, it's used to add an effervescent quality (e.g., bath bombs), to adjust pH, and to serve as an alpha hydroxy acid (e.g., anti-aging creams). You'll find it in shampoos, hair colorants, antibacterial wipes, liquid hand soaps, body gels and washes, conditioners, eye pencils, deodorants, baby wipes, nail enamels, peels, creams, etc. It's also used in some supplements and pharmaceuticals (e.g., vitamin powders, syrups, elixirs). Finally, the agricultural industry uses it as a pesticide to treat crops.

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