I use this product for a different reason than most of the reviews so I wanted to write one in case anyone comes here for the same reason!
I live in an area with very hard water and it wreaks havoc on my hair. It gets dry and dull and very tangly. I have used this product in the past to deal with this: Malibu C Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer 12-pk. It removes mineral build up from the hair and it really does work! However, it's insanely expensive. The cheapest you can get it is around $2 per single use packet, and that's here on Amazon at a deep discount. So, I did some research and figured out that the ingredients in the product that are doing the work are citric acid and disodium EDTA, which are both mineral chelating agents, meaning that they bind to the minerals on your hair and remove them. Citric acid was more familiar to me and seemed easier to obtain so I bought this product.
And it totally works! Every time I shower I put about a teaspoon of citric acid into a big jar with about half a gallon of water or more. After conditioning and doing everything else, I carefully pour the jar of water over all of my hair (it's pretty long). I DON'T rinse my hair again with my shower water after, because it seems counterproductive to get the mineral-y water on there again, but you could easily experiment with that. I DO rinse off the rest of my body. Be careful not to get the citric acid solution in your eyes! It's somewhat dilute but it will still burn and there's an eye warning on this product. However, if you do get it in your eyes (I did once) just rinse them out for about five minutes in the sink and you should be fine (I'm not an ophthalmologist).
My hair has gone back to being soft and smooth! It's much easier to brush and it's actually visibly shinier. I recommend this method to anyone dealing with hard water! This citric acid is soo much cheaper than any product made for hair would be and works the same. It will last forever and I'm very glad that the bag is resealable.
I was complaining to my appliance repairman that my 13 year old dishwasher no longer got the top rack of dishes clean and said I was thinking of replacing it. He said to get powdered citric acid, fill the detergent dispenser with it, then run the dishwasher (empty) on the hottest setting it has. So I tried it with the Milliard and it totally brought my dishwasher back to life! We have really hard water and apparently the minerals clog the sprayer arms. It's like getting a new dishwasher for a few dollars.
I have been searching for a cleaner to get the hard water white scale off our shower doors and shower heads for more years than I care to admit. From CLR, to the green stuff, to Kaboom and vinegar, even barkeepers, I tried everything that promised to remove it. Some worked a little (barkeepers) but most didn't work at all.
I saw this citric acid in a review of some other product that the reviewer said did not work. The reviewer said to skip the other product and try this. She called it a "miracle cleaner". OK, I was up for a miracle at this point. I figured it was worth a try. If it didn't work I could always use it to make sourdough bread. It's other name is "sour salt" when used in cooking.
I diluted the powder 2 TB per 4 cups warm water as suggested. I poured it into a clean spray bottle. I sprayed the shower door. The white scale melted before my eyes. And I mean MELTED off the door. I rinsed the door with a 2 liter spray bottle (Hudson brand sold on Amazon) and the door was like new! No scrubbing, no nothing. How could this product have escaped my notice all these years?
I googled citric acid and saw the many other uses for this product from cleaning the coffee pot, to cleaning tile and windows. The dirty grout in my kitchen...clean! The apple slices got soaked in a light solution before dehydrating.(Cheaper than lemon juice). Anything vinegar or lemon juice can do, this can do better. Enough said.
This is exactly the same as "sour salt" in the small container. I also bought this because I am never going to get a decent sourdough starter going. I've tried for several years: the hundreds of different techniques on hundreds of bread websites, the "Alaska dehydrated starter" that I ordered all the way from Utah, the "fresh starter" from some folks that said it was over 100 years old and used on the Oregon Trail no less.
Well, it was time for plan Z (the cheaters way). Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp per dough recipe (about 3 cups flour) and add an extra tablespoon of yeast and you've got sourdough bread! The first time I used it, I didn't add extra yeast. I guess this salt inhibits yeast action. (same thing happened when I tried to make sourdough bread by adding vinegar.)
The second time I used it to make rye bread, I added the extra yeast and it turned out perfectly. I have also used it for sweet and sour sauce. Vinegar is still my other sour ingredient in the sauce, but this adds a real kick. Lots of my grandma's "old country Russia" recipes use this sour salt. Cabbage and meatball recipe and many soups. Look on line for great "old country" recipies.
Nice company too. They reached out to see if I was happy with their product.
i want everyone to listen up; STOP BUYING expensive c powders and serums!! Why are you people still doing this? For example -- go look at bulk supplements and you'll see, they are way way overcharging for their vitamin C. THIS is the same thing, same grain, and i hate seeing you spend your hard earned cash on overpriced merch. I can't believe I used to stupidly buy c and e serums when you can make it with this BULK product freshly.
I bought this to decalcify my coffee maker as it hadn't been drawing water through very well. It worked great! Coffee maker is brewing smoothly again. The whole bag was the same price as just a few tiny packets of the commercial citric acid cleaners, so I feel like it was a great deal, too.
Bought this for my son to make sour candies. It works perfectly. We have experimented with several candies. We took some gummy bears, lightly sprayed them with water and tossed them in a baggy with mix of sugar and this citric acid. We found that about 50/50 sugar and citric acid worked about perfectly. (My family loves sour so you might want to use less acid for yours.) We also had some Orange Crush Vines from the dollar store that turned out to be pretty blah. We chopped those up and gave them the same sour treatment and they came out great.
There's nothing I don't like about citric acid. I use it to make my dishwasher powder, my window cleaning, my counter cleaner, my oven cleaner, and I use it to clean my coffee pot and my coffee thermos and my sheet pans and on and on. I use it for so much. I use it for some food prep as well.
The greatest thing about citric acid is that it's totally harmless. You can ingest it and you may get a little bubbling in your stomach but that's about it. It''s the safest thing i can think of to use for cleaning because it is absolutely natural and non-chemical.
It's tough to get excited about a product like citric acid, but this one is a winner. Shipped fast, product is fresh - and as an additive for homemade sourdough bread, it gives just that perfect added tang. And of course, it has many other uses. Very pleased with this purchase and the seller - and will re-order from same when I need to restock. Thanks!
We used it to make a volcano for science - 1 t Citric Acid, 1 t Baking Soda, 2 oz of water, 5-6 drops of dish soap made 3 cups of "lava" (best color = 20 drops of red, 1 drop each of green and blue food coloring in the 2 oz of water - yeah, that's a lot for f/c). Worked very well, allowing us to mix the dry parts ahead of time and just dump in soapy water - and no vinegar smell.