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Citric Acid: A Cleaning Revolution

Citric Acid is one of my favourite cleaning products (I still love you too white vinegar!).

The power of citric acid lies in its incredible antibacterial capabilities. Scientists have found citric acids to be a powerful bactericide, fungicide and anticoagulant. Found in a wide range of commercially-available domestic cleaning products, citric acid is primarily found in bathroom cleaners, kitchen cleaners, car cleaners, metal cleaners, oven cleaners, dishwasher cleaners, soap scum removers, and tub cleaners.

As well as being an awesome disinfectant, citric acid is also great at dealing with bacteria, mould and mildew. Citric acid will break down any gunk, grime, and build-up and can be used easily to safely to rid your home of bacteria, mold, and mildew.

The fact that citric acid is ingestible and used in food makes it a harmless choice for cleaning your home. No chemicals, no nasties and even more effective than most household domestic cleaners! Especially important when you have little ones around!

Here are some ideas of how you could use citric acid in your home:

All-purpose cleaner:

Mix one part critic acid with two parts warm water. Spray the solution onto tiles, dirty surfaces or kitchen or bathrooms. Leave for ten minutes and then wipe with a damp cloth.

The same citric acid cleaning solution can also be used to clean your shower sink and bath.

Floor cleaner:

Add 5-10 heaped tablespoons to a bucket of hot water and mop as normal

For toilet cleaning:

Mix 2 tablespoons of citric acid with 1 cup of water. Spray the solution onto and into the toilet and leave it for half an hour or even longer, overnight is best. In the morning give it a quick scrub with a brush, and flush.

For stubborn mould and grimy grout:

Mix one tablespoon of citric acid with one tablespoon of water. Apply onto grout and leave for up to a few hours, then simply rinse away.

Baby bottle sterilizers:

You need to descale this unit every 4-5 weeks to prevent limescale and bacteria build-up. Mix 2 tablespoons of Citric acid with 150-200mls of water. Take everything out of the unit, and place the water and citric acid in and switch on for 2-3 minutes.


Half fill a kettle and boil, then place 2 tablespoons of citric acid into the kettle and let it stand for about half an hour. Reboil and pour away the water, reboil with fresh water and pour away. The kettle is ready for use again.

Other Appliances:

Also use with coffee makers, humidifiers, bottle warmers, sinks, showers, taps and ceramic tiles. Please refer to any manuals that came with your appliances for specific usage about cleaning.

De-gunk the dishwasher or washing machine:

Cleaning your dishwasher or washing machine isn’t easy, unless you have citric acid on hand. Fill the detergent cup with the powder, a tablespoon or two should do it, and run the dishwasher or washing machine on a hot cycle, letting it do its thing. All the grime and build-up hanging out in there will be broken down and rinsed away.

If you want a sparkly clean home but like me, you’re just a little bit obsessed with the smell of Zoflora... panic not, we have you covered. Just add a drop or two of the lovely essential oils to your cleaning solution for your very own homemade Zoflora-esque scent! Hinching made easy!

Citric Acid is available to buy through the Ecologico website, and directly through our partner Wikaniko. Try it out and let me know what you think!