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Keeping your house clean and tidy is a tough job. And tough jobs need tough cleaning products. But tough cleaning products don’t have to include harsh chemicals.

The traditional cleaning products that you find in your local grocery store or department store are usually full of harsh chemicals. Some of these chemicals are even harmful, especially to pets and children. If you’re uncomfortable using these harsh products in your home, around your human and animal children, you’re probably wondering what kind of effective alternatives exist.

Lucky for you, there are plenty of better for you products on the market that harness the power of citric acid to clean your house just as effectively as any of the harsh traditional household cleaners. But is citric acid really safe for you and your family? Read on to get answers to all your questions about citric acid safety.

 

What is Citric Acid?

Citric acid is a natural derivative of citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and grapefruits. It can be extracted from these fruits and used as a preservative for foods, a natural flavoring agent, or added to other ingredients to produce natural cleaning products.

Citric acid derived from citrus fruits has been used for various purposes since the 1700s. 

 

Should I be Concerned About Citric Acid Safety?

Citric acid is considered safe by the FDA for both consumption and as a cleaning agent. Citric acid is only mildly acidic, so it’s not as irritating as other acids which are often used in cleaning products. Since citric acid is a naturally occurring compound, it’s also a better for you choice than other man-made chemicals that are used in other cleaning products.

That being said, some people have experienced allergic reactions to citric acid. If products containing citric acid come in contact with the eyes it can cause redness, irritation, and swelling. Some people find that inhaling citric acid causes respiratory issues.

Other cleaners rely on severe acids. These severe acids often leave behind harmful residue that can be harmful to pets if consumed and irritate your family’s skin if they touch it. These severe acids can also create fumes which are harmful to inhale, which means you can’t use them when pets or children are around. And even then, you risk your own health if the room you’re cleaning isn’t properly ventilated.

Most importantly, cleaners using citric acid are considered safe for use around pets and children. So, cleaning products containing natural, non-toxic ingredients, like citric acid, are the safer choice for you and your family. 

 

Why is Citric Acid an Effective Cleaner?

The mild acids in citric acid are natural antibiotics. The acidity creates a harsh environment for all kinds of harmful bacteria. Citric acid is strong enough to kill bacteria, but mild enough to be safe for the surfaces they’re cleaning and your family.

When it comes to cleaning rust, stains, and limescale, citric acid cleaners work wonders. When combined with these compounds, citric acid produces a chemical reaction that softens the chemical deposits, making them easier to remove.

Citric acid is also a great deodorizer. Most of the compounds that produce bad smells are on the alkaline side of the acidity scale. Since alkaline is the opposite of acidic, introducing an acid like citric acid neutralizes the smell. Plus, citric acids derived from fruit have a naturally fruity smell that helps mask the odor while neutralizing it.

Cleaning products made with citric acid and non-toxic, biodegradable ingredients are just as effective as other household cleaners. In addition to being super effective, they’re safer for your family, your household surfaces, and your appliances.

 

How do I Choose Safe Citric Acid Cleaning Products?

Many citric acid based household cleaners that call themselves “all-natural” or “green” still use some questionable ingredients. When choosing citric acid based household cleaning products, it’s crucial to check the ingredients list.

All of Lemishine’s household cleaners are made with a powerful citric acid formula that we’ve developed with safety in mind. All of our ingredients are naturally derived, non-toxic, and biodegradable, which means they’re as good for the environment as they are for your family.

We are proud to be working with the EPA to obtain Safer Choice certifications on all eligible products by 2020. The Safer Choice label gives consumers assurance that EPA scientists have evaluated every ingredient in products that carry the label to ensure they meet Safer Choice’s stringent criteria and helps consumers choose safer products.

 

Switching to Citric Acid House Cleaning Products

If you’re looking for cleaning products that are safer, better for you and your family, and that will make your house shine, citric acid cleaning products are the perfect choice. Lemishine offers a wide variety of cleaning products for each room of your house. So, start cleaning all those harsh chemicals out of your cabinet today and replacing them with powerful citric acid cleaners.

To explore our powerful products that can make your home the cleanest it’s ever been, check out the Household Cleaners section of our website.