Citric Acid - an alternative to vinegar

Used for a range of purposed from cooking to cleaning, citric acid is naturally occurring in citric fruits.

 

It’s an odourless crystalline white solid.

WHAT IS THE CHEMICAL FORMULA?
C6H8O7
C =  Carbon    H= Hydrogen  O = Oxygen

WHAT IS THE pH LEVEL?
Being an acid, it has a very low pH level of around 2.2 close to Vinegar

Up to 8% of the solid rind of a Citrus Fruit will contain Citric Acid – but you just can’t go and pick Citric Acid from a tree ready to go, it does require some processing. Many different acids are made using these fruits, but food grade Citric Acid is the first cab of the rank.

Here are a range of uses for the amazing ingredient, confirming how versatile it is.

REMOVES HARD WATER STAINS: a solution with a six percent concentration of citric acid will remove hard water stains from glass without scrubbing  

RUST REMOVER: it is used to dissolve rust from steel  

BATHROOM SPRAY: Dissolve 2-3 Tablespoons in 1 litre warm water and spray your affected areas  

MOUTH RINSE:  Citric acids kills bacteria and is a general disinfectant so can be used as a mouth rinse. But be careful – too much could cause tooth decay.  

RINSE AID:  Make a rinse aid for your Dishwasher using citric acid and distilled/demineralised water  

BATH BOMBS:  Make with Citric acid, bicarb and some essential oils of your choice and have some fun!  

FACE MASKS:  Citric acid reduces fine lines, is very good in preventing wrinkles, removes dead cells, prevent acne and treats uneven skin tone. Making this a darn fine ingredient for facials and homemade scrubs.  

TREAT FOOT ODOR: and toenail infections Use equal quantities of citric acid and bicarb in a bucket large enough for feet, fill it up with lukewarm water and add few drops of tea tree oil. Immerse your feet in it both morning and night for a few days.  

CLEANS DENTURES: Soak your dentures in a cup of warm water and teaspoon of food grade citric acid to help disinfectant and whiten  

JEWELLERY CLEANER: Soak diamonds in warm water and citric acid, rinse and wipe until sparkling.  

DESCALES & DISINFECT:  Washing Machine In an empty washing machine, add two tablespoons of citric acid, use hot water, and run on the longest cycle.  

CAR CLEANING: Can be used to clean radiators and wheels  

FOOD PRESERVATIVE:  Citric acid is present in a lot of processed food and the labels show it as “E330”. It is used in the canning process as it helps to maintain a healthy Ph balance inside the foods and helps to prevent botulism (a harmful form of food poisoning).

A little video showing some uses for citric acid

 

 

 

 

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