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 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" recipies use this sour salt. Cabbage and meatball recipe and many soups. Look on line for great "old country" recipies.
This product is 100% citric acid. I purchased this to descale my electric hot water kettle and for use as a dishwasher cleaner. It does both jobs very effectively and has several advantages versus the other alternative most people use, which is vinegar. I will detail these below.
A citric acid solution, at the same normality, is more acidic than vinegar which makes it a more effective descaler. It can also be stored more compactly than a bottle of vinegar and is readily made into solution when needed. For use as a kettle descaler, I added 4 tsp (about 19 grams, 0.1 mole) to 1 liter of water, boiled it in the kettle and let it sit for 15 minutes. It completely dissolved a year's worth of mineral deposits. I then soaked the aerator of my kitchen faucet (which was partially blocked) in a small quantity of this hot acidic solution. It cleared it up very effectively, something which repeated overnight soakings in vinegar had failed to do. Aside from the effectiveness, another advantage is that, unlike vinegar, it has no odor and the kettle is more easily rinsed free of the acid after descaling. Needless to say, it is much more cost effective than buying a dedicated descaler, which is most likely citric acid, but with some snazzy brand name so they can charge a hefty premium for it.
It works very well as a dishwasher cleaner. An advantage it has versus vinegar for this application is that you can simply put a quantity (I use 2 tbsp) in the dispenser and start the wash. It will automatically get used during the main wash cycle which is when the dispenser door opens. Being the longest cycle of the wash, it is the most effective way of using a cleaner. To get the same effect with vinegar, you have to start the dishwasher, wait for the pre-wash cycle to complete, open the door and pour in the vinegar. This works, but is obviously less convenient.
This particular product itself is well packaged. I like the fact that it is resealable, which means I do not have to find a separate container for it. The granules flowed freely with minimal clumping. The two pound bag is a good size for my needs and should last me more than a year. Recommended.
I've been purchasing citric acid for nearly two years to use in my dishwasher (it counteracts hardwater effects both on the dishes and in the machine, as well as keeps my dishwasher fresh). Though, we have used it on occasion for food 'stuffs' - add a bit of pizzazz to this or that, helps keep fruits and veggies fresh after cut or washed, even great when made into gummy form for my daughter with kidney stones! No matter how or how often its used, Milliard brand is a consistent fine powder. I've tried several different brands, initially thinking they were all the same - they were not. Milliard stands out and is my favorite! I absolutely recommend this product and will be purchasing it again - and again, and again, and again, and...
word of warning to anyone whose never worked with citric acid before: STAND BACK, POUR SLOWLY, and DO NOT INHALE while pouring as this type of product creates a "dust cloud". Inhaling citric acid, no matter what brand, can and will result in very irritated airways.
Great product I no longer have to add bleach to my whites which after a few washes it would turn whites yellow with the citric acid they come up sparkling white and also is great for the toilet my toilet has a hole in the bottom of the bowl I try hundreds of product and home remedy and it never came out white I was going on vacation and decided to poor some citric acid in the bowl a week later came home flushed the toilet guess what no more black hole in the bottom of my toilet bowl
I moved into an apartment and the owner said there's a little rust in the water and said I should use some shower spray that would prevent rust stains in the shower, otherwise it would be really hard to clean later.
I did some research. I decided to buy this citric acid and dissolve it in water, to spray the shower stall with. I use 1/4 cup of citric acid to 3 cups of water. Just citric acid and water. It dissolves easily, and you can use hot water if you want it to dissolve faster. It not only has kept rust stains away--I give about a dozen squirts with this each time after I take a shower, and there is no other cleaning needed ever. Everything is sparkling clean and it stays that way without any scrubbing at all for any part of the shower. It rocks.
This will last me more than a year, maybe 2, for the shower-cleaning use. I definitely recommend using it like I have. You can probably get citric acid for cheaper but the cost is almost nothing for how long it lasts. You could spend a lot more on products that contain toxic ingredients such as bleach and I would not recommend that. Citric acid is what's in lemon juice that makes it such a good cleaner, and for easy shower maintenance this is perfect.
We have been using a lemon product (don't want to slam it by name as it's a decent product just gets really expensive with as much as we go through). Found that the main ingredient is citric acid. We decided to give this a try and it works just as well in our dishwasher to keep mineral buildup from our hard water off of our dishes. So glad we found this!
I bought this to doctor up some marshmallow fondant we made that tasted like circus peanuts. It's like the coating on Sour Patch Kids x10. If you eat it raw you immediately want to vomit but you're puckering so hard from the sour that you can't. Good times!
We've found all sorts of uses for it since we have 1.9 lbs left over. It can be used to eat coffee stains off mugs and pots. It did wonders at cleaning out the stains in our sink. We used it in place of lemon making Paneer and it worked AMAZINGLY WELL. Dissolve some in water and use a cotton swap to clean that white crusty crap off battery terminals.
I was ready to replace my Bosch dishwasher because my hard water and all natural dishwasher soap I was causing it to crust so badly with white stuff that water wasn’t draining efficiently anymore and dishes were not getting cleaned with all the water holes clogged. Replaced filter. Tried to clean out the drain. Even tried CLR and it helped a bit but not enough. Not to mention I didn’t want to keep using harsh chemicals. Then I came to find this through some post and it’s cheap and all natural. Was my final try. OMG. I did not expect it to work so well. I dumped a bunch in and ran just the rinse cycle. Woah. Huge difference. Sides of washer actually sparkles. Did another cycle of it. And my washer drains again. After a week of regular loads, I gave it another rinse cycle with it just to maintain. So easy. Will keep doing it every other week from now on so it never gets that bad again.
As I stated in the title, you need this stuff in your life, and I ought to know because I live in an area of the United States where the limescale in the water is so bad that dishes are left with scum, laundry never looks clean and appliances like dishwashers have a very short lifespan. I had tried various remedies, i.e. vinegar, anti-spot agents (expensive), and various cleaners (also expensive) but nothing seemed to be able to get thru our limescale. I started researching and came up with this product. WOW!! in ONE DAY, my dishwasher was producing cleaner dishes, my dull dingy bedsheets now look bright and snazzy, and my once severely limescaled bathroom tiles are now squeaky clean and shiny. I have used it in my toilet bowl to remove stains, it took out a salsa stain from my white tablecloth and even cleaned my garbage disposal! I am now placing an order for a bigger bag and will keep this on hand always! Who knows what I will discover what it can do next. The fact that this is a natural product is a boost plus its pennies to use rather than DOLLARS! Great Product!