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What's Citric Acid

What's Citric Acid?

Citric acid is a weak acid that is found naturally in all citrus fruits. Though citric acid is most prevalent in sour citrus fruits, all plants and animals have small traces of it. Many packaged food and non-food items, like cosmetics and cleaning products, also contain citric acid. However, the citric acid found in these products is not natural citric acid, but rather, a manufactured version. Citric acid has a wide range of uses, both culinary and industrial. In the culinary world, citric acid is used as a flavoring agent, as well as a preservative. In the industrial world, citric acid is often used as a descaling agent. It is also used in detergents and cleaners, as well as in the textile industry. Citric acid is a versatile compound with many uses.

Technical Info

Technical Name: Citric Acid

Other Names: 2-Hydroxypropane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid

Formula: C6H8O7

CAS: 77-92-9 (anhydrous) 5949-29-1 (monohydrate)

EWG Score

Citric Acid scores 1.5-2.5  in EWG

How to use it at home


Citric acid is a natural ingredient that can be found in lemons and other citrus fruits. Because of its acidic properties, citric acid: 

Can be used to remove hard water buildup from dishwasher detergents and other household cleaners 

Can help remove stains and odors from clothing and other surfaces 

Personal Care

When citric acid is mixed with other ingredients, it can form a compound called "alpha hydroxy acid." Alpha hydroxy acids are often used in cosmetics and toiletries, such as lipstick, hair spray, and deodorant, because they help to smooth your skin and make the products last longer.

Make your own deodorant, dry shampoo, or toothpaste.

Soothes sunburns and razor burns. Exfoliate your body with a Sodium Bicarbonate + Water paste.

Helps strip chlorine from your hair and body after pool swimming


As anyone who has ever been sick knows, bacteria and viruses can cause a lot of problems. They can make you feel awful, and they can also spread quickly to other people. That's why citric acid is often used as a disinfectant. Citric acid is a natural occurring compound that is found in citrus fruits like lemons and limes. When used as a disinfectant, citric acid can help to kill off harmful bacteria and viruses. citric acid is also relatively non-toxic, which makes it safe to use around people and animals. In addition to being used as a disinfectant, citric acid is also commonly used as an antifungal agent or as an algae controller. As a result, citric acid can be found in a wide variety of products, from insect sprays to hand sanitizers.

How we use it

Everneat's line of surface cleaners, oven scrub, and other home cleaners all include citric acid as an active ingredient. Citric acid is a natural, non-toxic substance that has a number of useful applications around the home. Everneat's cleaning products are safe to use on all surfaces, and they are gentle on the environment. Citric acid is just one of the many ways we are committed to making your home clean and ever neat.

As a surface cleaner, citric acid can break down stubborn dirt, grime, and grease. 

It is also effective at removing stains and streaks from glass and mirrors.

In the kitchen, citric acid can be used to clean ovens and stovetops. It cuts through even the toughest baked-on food and grease, leaving your surfaces sparkling clean.

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