I have never ever been without citric acid in my home. I use citric acid in my cooking, beauty preparations and most importantly for cleaning. Citric acid is a wonderful natural cleaner that does not emit harmful smoke like our normal household cleaners do. Especially pregnant women and children should be very careful about toxic fumes and it is very good to substitute regular cleaners with natural cleaners like citric acid. Citric acid also is one of the most commonly used ingredients in food industry.
But what is citric acid? Citric acid is a naturally occurring acid found in citrus fruits. It is sold as a white crystalline powder and it is also called as sour salt | lemon salt in English. Citric acid is called nimbu ka sat | nimbu ka phool | tatri in Hindi. Citric acid is also an amazing preservative that has been used for centuries to preserve food; chances are that almost half the bottled products we use at home will contain citric acid. Citric acid also can be used for beauty preparations; I especially love the bath bomb preparation using citric acid. The fizz it produce will delight anyone. Next time you reach out for regular cleaners that emit harmful smoke remember that you can easily substitute it with citric acid which is equally effective.
CITRIC ACID USES FOR SKIN:
1. Citric Acid Bath Bombs:
Homemade bath bombs are fun to make at home. Children will have lot of fun in their bath with it. When you are giving bath for young children at home, just add one of these in the bath water. The fizz it produces will absolutely delight them. The ingredients in this bath bombs are very mild on the skin. To make this at home, take citric acid, baking soda and mix them together. Add the grated zest of a lemon and few drops of citrus essential oil and mix them well. Now to bind all of it together, add skin sanitizer little by little till you can shape the mixture. Dry and your bath bombs are ready.
2. Water Softener
Citric acid’s chemical properties are a weak organic acid and make it a powerful water softener. It works by breaking down the trace amounts of metal found in water, making it an ideal all-natural choice for treating hard water.
3. Citric Acid Face Mask for Skin Lightening & Wrinkles:
Citric acid is widely used in skin care and many of our creams especially anti aging creams contain citric acid. Citric acid reduces fine lines, is very good in preventing wrinkles, slough of dead cells, and prevent acne and treats uneven skin tone! Professional citric acid treatments are expensive and you can easily make the treatments at home for the fraction of that cost. For an anti aging face mask using citric acid, take citric acid in a mortar and pestle and crush the citric acid crystals to a fine powder. Add enough yogurt, little bit of honey and 1 vitamin e capsule to form a spreadable mask and apply on the skin.
CITRIC ACID USES FOR FOOD:
4. Citric Acid As a Substitute
If you run out of fresh lemons, you can substitute it with citric acid.
5. Citric Acid For Feet:
Citric acid when added to foot soak treats foot odour and toenail infections very effectively. Toenail fungus causes discoloration and pain and can be effectively treated at home. The best home remedy for it is a citric acid foot bath. Take equal quantity citric acid and baking soda in wide bowl, fill it up with lukewarm water and add few drops of tea tree oil and immerse your feet in it. Try doing this treatment both morning and night for a few days.
6. Citric Acid Mouth Rinse:
Citric acid mouth rinse is very refreshing and enhances the taste of the food. A study was done on the effect of citric acid rinse on people with muscular dystrophy. The patients experienced weight loss due to taste disturbance and decrease in the amount of saliva produced. When they were made to gargle with citric acid rinse, though the intake did not increase, the amount of saliva increased and they also enjoyed the taste of food better...
CITRIC ACID USES FOR CLEANING:
7. Citric Acid Toilet Cleaner:
Citric acid toilet cleaners are fun to make at home. This recipe has got baking soda, citric acid and rose essential oil. As we all know, baking soda is an amazing cleaner, citric acid removes the stains and the essential oil deodorizes the toilets. To make the homemade toilet cleaner, first mix the measured out baking soda and citric acid in a bowl and mix well. Add essential oils or the perfume that you like and mix well till it is thoroughly moistened. You have to add it drop by drop, if you add too much they will start fizzing. Press them in silicone moulds, remove and let them dry out.
8. Citric Acid All Purpose Cleaner:
To make an all purpose cleaner using citric acid, mix 2 tbsp of the Herba Farmacy Coconut Soap or Olive Oil soap in 2 cups of water till dissolved, once dissolved add in 2 tsp of baking soda and mix till dissolved. Heat 1.5 tsp of citric acid in 2 cups of water and stir till dissolved. Remove, let cool and few drops of tea tree oil. Mix both the liquids together and use it as an all purpose cleaner.