A guide to Citric Acid

A guide to Citric Acid

This is a quick guide into our awesome ingredient Citric Acid. Learn all about it and what makes it brilliant for green cleaning.

What is citric acid

Citric acid is a weak organic acid found naturally in citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and limes. It's also produced through fermentation of various sugars. This white crystalline substance has a sour taste and is commonly used as a natural preservative, flavour enhancer, and in a wide range of food, beverages, and household products. 

Why Citric Acid should be in your DIY toolkit

Citric acid is a cost-effective and remarkably versatile eco-friendly ingredient. It is an excellent alternative to cleaning vinegar, providing superior performance at a fraction of the cost. With similar acidity, citric acid excels as a degreaser, descaler, and stain remover. Its chelating properties break down mineral deposits and stubborn stains.


How to use Citric Acid for natural cleaning solutions

This versatile compound, works wonders in dissolving mineral deposits, tackling stains, and removing soap scum. To descale appliances like coffee makers or kettles, create a solution and let it work its magic.

Revive the shine of stainless-steel surfaces by applying a citric acid paste. In the bathroom, combat limescale buildup on faucets and showerheads with a citric acid soak.


What makes Citric Acid eco-friendly

Derived from renewable, its production has a relatively low impact on the environment. Its biodegradability ensures that it breaks down into harmless components, reducing strain on ecosystems. 

As a natural compound, it avoids the use of harsh chemicals often found in conventional cleaners, contributing to indoor air quality. With its versatile applications and minimal environmental footprint, citric acid serves as a green alternative that aligns with sustainable living practices.


How Citric Acid is made

In the natural fermentation process, microorganisms metabolize sugars found in citrus fruits to create citric acid. Submerged fermentation involves cultivating microorganisms on sugar-rich substrates like molasses or corn syrup, yielding citric acid as a by-product. 

Alternatively, chemical production, though less common due to its higher cost and environmental impact, involves chemical reactions to synthesize citric acid.


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