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You want your home to be clean, but you don’t want to rely on harsh chemicals to get it there. You also don’t want to spend hours and a ton of elbow grease researching DIY solutions that just don’t work. 

What’s the best path forward? The answer lies in finding Better-For-You cleaning products that cut through grease, grime, and splatter while also giving your surfaces that deep clean you crave. 

This is where citric acid comes in.

One of nature’s top power players, it’s found in myriad citrus fruits, from oranges and limes to grapefruits and lemons. It’s also one of the most effective and safe cleaning agents around. 

Today, we’re sharing a few reasons why this compound is the missing link in your under-the-sink arsenal of sprays, wipes, and sponges. Ready to learn more? Let’s go!

 

What Is Citric Acid?

 

In short, citric acid is a natural and organic acid compound. Mostly found in citrus fruits, it is also present in some vegetables, including beans, broccoli, carrots, and potatoes. In addition, manufacturers can create it commercially by fermenting certain sugars. 

In addition to being a flavoring and settling agent, citric acid has a variety of uses in and around your home. Throughout history, it’s been a go-to for homeowners around the world looking to preserve food, treat medical conditions, enhance their skin and clean their surfaces.

Let’s talk about that last part in greater detail

In addition to basic, all-purpose household cleaners, you may also see citric acid listed as one of the main ingredients in other cleaners you use on a regular basis, including:

  • Automobile wheel and radiator cleaners
  • Metal cleaners
  • Oven and dishwasher cleaners
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Dish soaps and laundry detergents
  • Window cleaners
  • Stain removers

    To get the best results, stick to dishwashing products, appliance cleaners, laundry detergents and others that are non-toxic while still effective. Don’t settle for a bottle that lists citric acid near the bottom of the ingredients list. Look for products, such as our household cleaners, that give it the priority attention it deserves.  

     

    What Makes the Acid an Ideal Cleaning Agent?

     

    Citric acid is effective at killing mold, mildew, and bacteria. This means it can handle any cleaning or disinfecting job you throw at it.

    When you reach for household cleaners that feature this acid as a key ingredient, you can rest assured that you’re not filling your home with harmful fumes or lingering chemicals. Rather, you’re achieving the same sparkling results without any of the worries, dangers or risks. 

    Two of the rooms where citric acid can make a major difference? Your kitchen and bathroom!

    The agent delivers a powerful attack against soap scum, hard water stains, lime, rust, and calcium deposits. You’ll create a shinier surface with only one application.

    Have you ever noticed that most of your favorite commercial cleaning products feature lemon or lime as the scent? That isn’t a coincidence. Citric acid acts as a preservative in many all-purpose cleansers, though it’s best to stick with a solution where citric is a key ingredient.

     

    Is It Safe to Clean With?

     

    Now that you know how powerful and quick-acting it can be, let’s get down to the hot-button question: Is citric acid a safe cleaner?

    The answer is a resounding “yes.” It’s safe to use on your household surfaces and around your family members. 

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the citric acid you’ll find in personal care products, drugs, or food. On the other hand, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors its use within the cleaning supplies market. This means there are two recognized regulatory agencies analyzing the component and its many uses. 

    The EPA has a program in place called Safer Choice. Participation in the program is voluntary, but more than 2,000 products currently carry the Safer Choice label. This means they passed stringent testing by EPA scientists, who deemed their product ingredients, performance, pH, packaging and more met strict safety criteria.

    Metrics used to determine which products qualify for the Safer Choice label include testing each ingredient for the following levels:

    • Carcinogenicity
    • Toxicity to aquatic life
    • Reproductive/developmental toxicity
    • Persistence in the environment

    We’ve made it our mission to qualify every Lemi Shine product for the Safer Choice label by 2020. To date, 12 products bear the designation, including our dish detergent booster, appliance cleaner, shower and tile cleaner, dishwashing cleaner, everyday cleaner, and others. 

    We’re transparent about every ingredient in each one of our products. You can read the full list on our website, along with a detailed description of what every component does and why it’s necessary. 

     

    Leverage the Power of Citric Acid in Your Home

     

    It’s no secret that a clean home can lead to a moment of peace in the middle of a fast-paced and chaotic life. However, you don’t have to spend an entire weekend in plastic yellow gloves to make your home sparkle. You also don’t have to don a face mask and open your windows every time you decide to scrub your countertop with a commercial cleaner. 

    Instead, reach for any product in our wide inventory of cleaners, all of which feature citric acid as their base. When you do, you may notice the fresh and invigorating scent, first. Then, with one use, you’ll appreciate its heavy-duty, yet safe cleaning power!

    Got any questions? Feel free to contact us. We’d love to share more about why our better-for-you, citric acid-based cleaning products are the go-to choice for homeowners looking to sacrifice chemicals but not quality.