✅ A sharp-tasting crystalline acid present in the juice of lemons and other sour fruits. It is made commercially by the fermentation of sugar and used as a flavouring and setting agent. Citric acid is found naturally in citrus fruits, especially lemons and limes. It’s what gives them their tart, sour taste.
✅ Citric acid is a naturally occurring acid which is found in large quantities in fruits – notably citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and certain berries. It is a relatively weak acid and has a distinct, sour taste.
What Is Citric Acid Used For?
1. Water Softener
Citric acid’s chemical properties as a weak organic acid make it a powerful water softener. It works by breaking down the trace amounts of metal found in water, making it an ideal all-natural choice for treating hard water.
2. Household Cleaner
Add a small percentage of citric acid to hot water or your cleaning liquid and use it to clean hard water stains and kitchen messes. For hard-to-remove stains, you can soak a paper towel in the mixture and lay it on top of the stain. The citrusy smell of the acid is pleasant, so it works well as both a cleaner and a deodorizer.
3. Bath Bombs
You can make your own bath bombs—fizzy, effervescent bath soap/salt—by using citric acid. The citric acid is completely safe to use in the bathtub.
4. Carpet Cleaner
Applying a 10 percent pharmaceutical-grade citric acid to discolored carpeting can help to remove stains.
5. Descaling Kettles
Fill your kettle halfway with water, and bring it to a boil. Once it has boiled, turn it off and add 1 – 2 tablespoons of citric acid powder to the water. Allow the water and citric acid mixture to sit in the kettle for 15 to 20 minutes, then discard
Main applications in industries:
Flavouring and preservative in food and beverages. Make a lot of products have a sour taste(Acidulant) in creams, gels, and liquids.
Ice cream, as an emulsifying agent.
Mixed with sodium bicarbonate as for ingestion (as powder or tablets) and bath bombs.
ENO tablets are also made with citric acid, sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate and others as the solution to neutralizes acid in your stomach in a gentle way.
Acidulant, flavouring agent, preservative, antistaling agent for food and beverage industries.
Appearance: Almost white, crystalline powder, odourless, strong acid taste.
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