Benefits And Uses Of Citric Acid
Citric acid is a naturally occurring acid found in citrus fruits. As much as 8% of the dry weight of lemons and limes can be pure citric acid. It is the oldest known natural preservative, and still widely used for its ability to naturally regulate acidity levels in foods and beverages.
Home Uses Of Citric Acid
Citric acid is a must have in a naturally inclined home. It is used in baking, personal care and home care applications. Homemade dishwasher tablets, cleaning agents, bath bombs, sorbets, fruit pies and preserves or canning all require citric acid.
Uses of Citric Acid In Natural Living
Using Citric Acid In Cooking
Spiced Apple Preserve
Gluten Free Cinnamon Bread
Using Citric Acid In Natural Personal Care And Home Care
Using citric acid in your personal care routine not only reduces your exposure to chemicals within commercial personal care products but is also better for the environment. Our skin absorbs substances in much the same way as our digestive system. What we put on our skin is as important as what we put in our bodies. Citric acid not only acts as a natural preservative in personal care products but is also a natural alpha hydroxyl acid. It can aid in rejuvenating skin, evening skin tone, reducing acne breakouts and unblogging pores.
Citric acid is a naturally occurring acid, so it makes sense that it scores an exceptional environmental safety rating from the Environmental Working Group, with the lowest level of concern for use in household settings. Not to mention the fact that it is also incredibly cost effective.
Some of our favourite uses for citric acid in natural home and personal care include:
Homemade Bath Bombs
When combined with an alkaline like baking soda citric acid creates a natural effervescence. Add in some soothingly fragranced essential oils and a few other natural ingredients to make beautiful bath bombs. Our favourite bath bombs recipe using citric acid.
DIY Dishwasher Tablets
There is very little difference in the ingredients of dishwasher tablets and a dishwasher detergent. A detergent powder is quicker and easier to make but some dishwashers handle tablets much better. For tablets you might want to rather use our favourite homemade dishwasher tablets recipe.