Citric acid is a natural, weak organic acid. It is prized for its sour flavor, preservative quality, and ability to act as a pH buffer. For these reasons, citric acid is found in the ingredient list of many of the foods in your kitchen pantry.
Food: About 50 percent of the world’s citric acid production is used as a flavor enhancer in beverages. Citric acid creates a slightly tart, refreshing flavor and balances the sweetness in sodas, teas, juices, and other drinks.
The acidic pH of citric acid also makes it useful as a preservative. Since many bacteria are unable to grow in an acidic environment, citric acid is often added to jams, jellies, candy, canned foods, and even meat products as a preservative.
PERSONAL ITEMS: Added to beauty products to adjust acidity, promote skin peeling and regrowth for anti-ageing products.
HOUSEHOLD: The acid in citric acid can kill bacteria, molds and mildew. For regular cleaning, add 1 tbsp of citric acid for every cup of water. For extra strength, use 2 tbsp of citric acid. Spray and wipe away. For really tough stains, soak overnight. Not to be used in stone flooring, marble countertops, brass taps, brass ornaments and antiques as the acid may harm them.
ARTS AND CRAFTS: Borax is used to make slime by acting as the main agent to bind glue and water, homemade crystals, DIY Floam and bouncy balls.
HOUSEHOLD: Controls ants and cockroaches, preserve flowers, refrigerator deodorizer, cleans and freshens mattresses and linens.
PETS: Sprinkle on areas frequented by pets to get rid of fleas. Can also be combined with hydrogen peroxide to control mange.