When looking for more ways to green clean my home, I began looking into citric acids. After taking my homemade citric acid cleaning solution for a couple of spins, I must say that I’m absolutely astonished by its power! It never ceases to amaze me that there are so many eco-friendly ways to clean up at home that remain somewhat unknown.
In this blog I’ll show you how to use citric acid to clean the following 5 items in your home:
- Your kettle
- Your toilet
- Your taps
- Your shower
- Your shower curtain
Green cleaning with citric and citric acid – Why it works
The power of citric acids lies in their incredible antibacterial capabilities. Scientists have found citric acids to be powerful bactericides, fungicides and anticoagulants. Found in a wide range of commercially-available domestic cleaning products, citric acids are primarily found in car cleaners, metal cleaners, oven cleaners, dishwasher cleaners, soap scum removers, bathroom cleaners and tub cleaners.
As well as being awesome disinfectants, citric acids are also great at dealing with bacteria, mould and mildew. When properly used, citric acid can help you remove:
- Soap scum
- Hard water stains
- Calcium deposits
Lemon juice, in particular, is the best choice for domestic cleaning use, as it’s found to contain anywhere between 5 and 8% citric acid.
What you shouldn’t clean with citric acid
While completely eco-friendly and great at cleaning a lot of home areas, citric acids should not be used on natural stone surfaces or brass items. That includes things like stone flooring, marble countertops, brass taps, brass ornaments and brass antiques as the lemon juice can actually end up doing more harm than good, damaging your items instead of cleaning them. For a full breakdown on how to green clean with safe and affordable products, take a look at my article on environmentally-sound cleaning.
5 items around your home that you can green clean with citric acid
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To make your very own domestic green cleaning solution with citric acid and carry out the cleaning procedure, you will need the following items:
- A jar of citric acid
- A kettle (to boil some water in)
- A bottle with a spray nozzle
- A clean cloth
That’s about it! Begin by filling your kettle about halfway with water and let it start boiling. Then, add 1-2 tablespoons of your citric acid and allow it to boil for 15-20 minutes more.
How to clean your kettle with citric acid
The best part of this method is that if you’ve followed the instructions above, you’ve already have cleaned the kettle! The preparation of your citric concoction has thoroughly disinfected the insides of your kettle and has also dealt with most of the mineral deposits and limescale. All you need to do now is let it cool and wipe it down with your clean cloth. If you happen to encounter stubborn spots, simply repeat the procedure. But don’t throw away your citric solution just yet … we’ve got a lot more in store for it!
How to clean your toilet with citric acid
Just pour your mix of water and citric acid down your toilet and let it stay there for as long as possible, and ideally overnight. The following morning, give it a quick brush or scrub with your toilet cleaning tool of choice and then flush the toilet. The water will wash away all the acid remains as well as any scum and mineral deposit build-ups, leaving your toilet bowl sparkly clean! My personal choice for citric acid to green clean the toilet is NortemBio.
Citric acid takes care of the entire bathroom
Using the very same mixture (you’ll obviously need to prepare a separate batch here), you can also green clean the floor tiles in your bathroom. Mix hot water and citric acid in a bucket and, leaving it in the water for a while, use it to soak your floor mop. Then, it’s just a matter of mopping your floor as you would with any regular store-bought cleaning solution. All the results with none of the toxicity!
Dealing with limescale on your taps
As long as your taps aren’t made out of brass, citric acid can be used to great effect! Prepare the same solution as above and let it cool off for a bit. Then, pour it into a suitable bucket and use a clean cloth or sponge to gently spread it over the taps … and watch as the limescale gets rubbed off! Alternatively, you can pour the lemon mixture into a spray bottle for easier application.
How to use citric acid to clean your shower
The same cleaning solution can also be used to clean your shower-screen with citric acid. Simply pour a mixture of one litre of hot water and two tablespoons citric acid into a clean spray bottle and shake it well. Then, spray it onto the dirty surfaces. Deal with any difficult-to-deal-with stains by soaking a clean cloth or towel with the mixture and pressing it to the surface. Let it do its thing for a couple of moments and then rinse the entire surface.
Choosing natural, eco-friendly cleaning methods over their toxic store-bought alternatives allows you to protect yourself and your family from dangerous chemicals. The majority of branded domestic cleaning products contain hazardous toxins, which can severely damage your health and well-being in the long run. Many can cause skin and eye irritations, respiratory risks and allergic reactions. And last, but by no means, least, choosing to clean your home with citric acid and other eco-friendly methods is often more cost-effective than using fancy cleaning solutions!
Have you tried cleaning items around your home using citric or citric acid yet? If so, how do you rate this method of eco-friendly cleaning? How was the experience, compared with using store-bought cleaning solutions? If you have any thoughts and ideas on the matter, or, if you’d like to tell us that we’ve missed something, please leave us a comment below!
Recommended for further reading:
- My eco-friendly blogs
- Saving the planet one store at a time with Waitrose Unpacked
- 15 Practical Tips and Tricks to Reduce Your Day to Day Water Usage