It’s kind of funny if you think about it…
…we used all-natural products throughout our history. Then, almost overnight in our search for convenient and affordable we turned to toxic ingredients and chemicals in nearly everything we eat, consume and use in our daily routines.
Now we’re doing a bit of a 180 and returning to less artificial products — and the market is listening. Due to an increasingly health conscious and eco-friendly focused culture, products that are able to deliver what you need without resorting to the use of toxic ingredients are gaining steam.
Citric acid as a cleaning ingredient is seeing a resurgence as word gets out about its wonderful benefits over toxic alternatives. This Better-for-You option lets you avoid a household full of dangerous chemicals without sacrificing powerful cleaning ability. One product is all you need for most tasks versus a collection of every color liquid, powder, and goop.
Should you make the switch to using citric acid around your home? Of course we are biased, but we believe so. Here are a bunch of reasons why you’ll love it over the other stuff.
5 Awesome Citric Acid Cleaner Benefits
Some people find it hard to believe you can get similar results without all the additives. But once they try citric acid cleaners and see the results it’s easy to become frustrated at the thought of having used chemicals for years when there’s a better alternative.
Well, you’re here now and ready to try a better way to clean. Pucker up because you’ll love all these great citric acid uses mentioned below.
In the Kitchen
We spend a good deal of time in the kitchen between cooking and cleaning. All this time exposed to chemicals isn’t a good thing. Citric acid cleaners can take away most (if not all) these issues.
- Certain forms disinfect
You’ll find products like:
- Dish soap
- Dishwasher detergent
- Disposal cleaner
- Disinfecting wipes
- Surface sprays
…and the list goes on. These citric-based cleaning products do the work versus filling your kitchen with harmful fumes. That means fewer chemicals on the food you eat if you’re not ventilating correctly!
You don’t have to worry about the kids helping with cleaning, too. The citric cleaners are safe so they can do their part with chores.
In the Laundry Room
Your grandma used to put a cap of white vinegar in the wash. The concept is the same but we’ve gone a step further! Citric acid cleaners find the perfect pH balance in the laundry room without a vinegar smell.
You’ll find three laundry product types:
- Detergent packs
- Liquid detergent
- Liquid boosters
You’ll find most citric laundry products are hypoallergenic. They’re super effective at removing tough stains on clothes. And, they don’t bleed colors like a lot of other detergents.
Citric cleaners are great for cleaning appliances, too. Or, to clean around the area where mold and mildew may have built up from the moisture in the air.
In the Bathroom
The bathroom is where a lot of grime tends to accumulate. Between soapy buildup in the shower to that nasty grime ring in the toilet — you need a good, powerful cleaner.
What could you use citric cleaners in the bathroom for?
- Squeaky clean glass and mirrors
- Removing mold and mildew from tile and grout
- Killing off bacteria where you wash and keep personal hygiene items
- Cleaning the toilet bowl from hard stains and grime
Anyone who’s made the mistake of cleaning with pure bleach can attest it’s terrible. The stink alone is bad but it’s also super dangerous. All that danger for what? To get your tile and shower bright white? No thanks!
Our Lemi Shine Shower & Tile Cleaner gets the job done without bleach. Plus, it includes GunkGuard ™ , an extra protective layer ensuring that surfaces stay cleaner, longer. Plus, it doesn’t have that harsh scent that lingers like other cleaners.
Around the Home
Citric acid cleaners are perfect for basically all areas of the home. From the living room to a mud room, the cleaners will go to work killing germs and removing surface scum.
High traffic areas are where you’d normally use a lot of chemical cleaners. This means you and family are more exposed to them with each passing day.
Too much chemical cleaning can:
- Lower the home’s air quality
- Create nasty build-up on surfaces
- React and melt certain surfaces
The less you’re using chemicals around the home the better. Plus, you can skip spending money on multiple cleaners in place of one or two citric cleaners. Yay for saving money and being safer!
Outside and More
Who says you need to limit citric acid cleaners to the home? There are plenty of areas and items outside that could use a good cleaning!
Here are a few ideas for using citric cleaners outdoors:
- Touching up vinyl trim or removing build-up from gutters
- Cleaning brick and pavers by combining it in your pressure washer
- Removing rust and other nasty buildups on tools, ornaments, and piping
Check into our Lemi Shine Pro Spray for big jobs.
The Pro Spray does an amazing job on soap scum, grime, and other buildups. It’s great for anything affected by lime, calcium, and rust — so most things sitting outside in the weather!
You could give the pooch a bath with gentle citric soap, too, in place of soaps like Dawn. The safe ingredients for humans are just as safe for Fido.
Let’s Come Back Down to Earth for a Second
It’s worth noting there are some issues for some users — we won’t lie. And, that sets us apart versus some talking heads that claim they’ve found a miracle.
The downsides of citric acid cleaner are more of a “no duh” than an “oh no!”. The two biggest issues being skin and eye irritation. It’s expected with any cleaning product, though. You should always spot test products before going wild.
Citric acid, being an acid, can cause itchy and burning skin if you’re sensitive to it. Consuming it is obviously not good as it can irritate your stomach lining. Getting citric acid in your eyes will burn. Whether it’s by accident or intentional, you’ll want to flush your eyes if they came in contact.
These negatives are a bit of a no-brainer. But, they’re worth mentioning for those with sensitive skin or reaction to citric acid.
Ultimately, when you weigh the potential effects from citric acid cleaners to those of traditional products containing harsh chemicals, there’s no comparison. Citric acid cleaners are far and away the safer choice for you, your family, and your pets.
Where to Buy Citric Acid Cleaner Products
The market has spoken!
You’ll find citric acid cleaner products at most retailers and home improvement stores. And, through major online portals like Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Skip on down to your local supermarket, too, for quite a selection!
Lemi Shine provides dozens of Better-for-You cleaning products. We use non-toxic ingredients in all our products for powerful, safer solutions. Just look at the reviews and you’ll see people love our citric acid product line. We think you will, too.
Find Lemi Shine online or in your neighborhood store.