Green Cleaning: Our Top 5 Citric Acid Uses

Are you looking for a natural cleaner that's effective, affordable, and environmentally-friendly? Look no further than citric acid!

Citric acid is a powerful cleaning agent that can tackle dirt, grease, and grime without harsh chemicals. In this blog post, we'll explore five ways to use citric acid for cleaning, inspired by the innovative recipes of cleaning expert Nancy Birtwhistle.

Plus, read about other natural cleaning products like bicarbonate of soda, soda crystals, and natural bleach, providing you with a comprehensive guide to green cleaning.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Mix equal parts citric acid and water in a spray bottle to create a versatile all-purpose cleaner.

This solution can be used to clean countertops, sinks, tiles, and more. Its natural acidic properties help break down stains and disinfect surfaces, leaving your home sparkling clean.

Descaling Solution

Say goodbye to limescale buildup with a homemade descaling solution. Combine citric acid with hot water and soak your kettle, coffee maker, or showerhead to remove stubborn mineral deposits. For an extra boost, add bicarbonate of soda to the mix to enhance the cleaning power.

Our favourite citric acid descaling job is kettle cleaning. To do this, half fill your kettle and place boil. When the water is boiling, add two tablespoons of citric acid - be careful of the hot steam! Leave until cool and rinse well. Check out our Instagram reel below.

Dishwasher/Washing Machine Cleaner

Keep your dishwasher and washing machine clean and odor-free by running a hot cycle with citric acid. Simply sprinkle a cup of citric acid into the bottom of an empty dishwasher or washing machine and run a hot water cycle. This will help remove buildup of soap scum and hard water deposits, ensuring your dishes come out sparkling clean.

For the washing machine, soda crystals are also great to keep scale-free!

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Banish toilet bowl stains and odors with a homemade citric acid cleaner. Mix citric acid with hot water and pour it into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight, then scrub with a toilet brush and flush. For extra cleaning power, add a splash of natural bleach to the mixture.

By incorporating citric acid into your cleaning routine, you can enjoy a natural, eco-friendly approach to household chores. If you've got a  Nancy Birtwhistle cleaning book, her innovative recipes regularly use citric acid as an ingredient.

Citric acid combined with other natural cleaning products like bicarbonate of soda, soda crystals, and natural bleach, provide a comprehensive toolkit for green cleaning. Say goodbye to harsh chemicals and hello to a cleaner, greener home with citric acid!