Citric Acid

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Citric acid is found naturally in several fruits and berries, and is commonly added to many foods and beverages as a preservative or for flavor. It has a tart taste, and is also known as lemon salt or sour salt. Many of our customers use our citric acid to clean dishwashers and dishes, or to make fizzy bath bombs (fun!).

Citric acid is completely natural, produced by cells during the Krebs cycle. The acid gets its name from the citrus fruit family, which includes lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. Citrus fruits, especially the more sour ones like lemons and limes, owe their sharp taste to citric acid.

Citric Acid in Food

Our customers have used our citric acid as an ingredient in pretty much everything: cheeses, ice cream, alcoholic beverages, breads, and more. Because of its characteristic tart flavor, citric acid is often added to soft drinks and sour candies -- the white, powdery coating on sour candies is often citric acid).

1. Use citric acid in place of lemon juice: Although its flavor is slightly less complex than the flavor of a lemon, citric acid can be substituted literally anywhere lemon juice is used. An easy use of citric acid is to use it in place of lemon juice in homemade lemonade! Dissolve one teaspoon of citric acid and sugar and adjust to taste in a glass of water.

2. Keep fresh fruits from browning with citric acid: Use citric acid on cut fresh fruit and when making homemade canned goods instead of lemon juice. The acid has the same effect as lemons in preventing fresh fruit from browning and regulates the pH level in canned goods to prevent bacteria growth. You can even add citric acid to marinades, homemade jams, and more!

3. Use citric acid instead of salt: If you're watching your sodium intake, citric acid can be used as a substitute for salt in sour breads, such as sourdough and rye. Substitute an equal amount of citric acid for salt for the same flavor and none of the sodium.

4. Add sourness to sweets: When you're making homemade candy, finish it off with a coating of citric acid for the classic mouth puckering sourness. Or add it to soft drinks for a seriously lemony-lime soda.

5. Use citric acid as an aid in homemade foods: When you're making homemade ice cream or cheese, citric acid helps you reach successful results. It acts as an emulsifier in homemade ice cream by keeping away fat globules. Added to cheese, citric acid helps the milk curdle and solidify.

Non-Food Uses for Citric Acid

There are also non-food uses to citric acid. Many of our customers use our citric acid to clean dishwashers and dishes or to make fizzy bath bombs (fun!).

1. One really fun use of citric acid is bath bombs. When you put a bath bomb in water, it will erupt and fizz, making for an enjoyable bath. Many people combine citric acid and baking soda to make homemade bath bombs, adding oils and fragrances for a pleasant aroma.

2. Citric acid's mildly acidic properties make it a great cleaning agent. When added to dishwashing detergents, citric acid can soften water and remove hard water deposits from dishes, dishwashers, coffeemakers, kettles, and pipes (this is known as descaling).

3. Some people use citric acid in shampoos, skin care, and photography. It's used in shampoos to lower the pH levels so hair will turn out smoother and shinier. In skin care, it may improve the health of skin cells by stimulating collagen production and acting as an antioxidant. When developing film, the citric acid is used to quickly stop the development of photos.

Health Benefits of Citric Acid

Studies have shown that citric acid can help your bones absorb calcium more easily. Its ability to easily bond with minerals aids the absorption and digestion of minerals. Citric acid can also help prevent small kidney stones from growing into larger, problematic stones. The citric acid coats the stones and prevents materials from sticking to them and making them larger.

You might consider keeping a container of citric acid around to take advantage of the acid's many uses!

Customer Reviews

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“Bravo, Nuts Online! I didn't order any nuts, but I found the best price on Citric Acid on the web (I use it for homemade dishwasher detergent). Super-fast delivery, great packaging and a FREE sample of figs that my 4 year-old devoured in one sitting. I look forward to ordering nuts next time!”

, Madison Heights, MI March 2, 2011

“Thank you very much. I enjoy doing business with you folks. Your products are great and your service is the best.

Again thanks,


, Fairborn, ohio February 23, 2011

“Great service. Thank you very much. I know I will be ordering again.


PS: You guys are really NUTS!”

, fairborn, ohio February 16, 2011

“At first i wasnt sure how citric acid tied in at a Nut shop , but the price and delivery speed was phenomenal .
Now finally i can attempt my homemade cheese recipe .
thanks !”

, Pittsburgh, Pa February 9, 2011

“Love that I found through a search engine. This is my second order and I love the fast shipping and the great staff. I am very pleased with my purchase have recommended nuts online to all my friends. I hope they order because it is a great company. Again thank you for your prompt and courteous and fun filled service”

, Vineyard Haven, MA February 8, 2011

“My citric acid order arrived quickly and in good condition. I was so happy to find you as my quest to purchase locally was not at all successful.

My clients enjoy their bath bombs, and will enjoy them more when I perfect the scent.”

, Atlanta, Georgia February 3, 2011

“I'm just returning from purchasing one pound of citric acid from Rite Aid at a cost of $30. I went on line and checked you out and whoa you are selling the same product and amount for far less. Only wished I had checked with you prior to making this purchase. Will be in the future. V/R Glen”

, Smithfield, Va January 31, 2011

“So pleased with the delivery!!! I tried to order Citric Acid from another company, but they messed up and the order. I didn't find out until it was almost too late to try another company. I need the Citric Acid to make some CHRISTmas presents, and until my Mom found Nuts online. I received it just in time to have the bath bombs done for CHRISTmas!!!
Thank You!”

, Slater, MO December 22, 2010

“Received my order of citric acid on time as promise and very pleased with the prompt delivery. Thank You very much.”

, San Diego, CA September 1, 2010

“The shipping was very speedy, packaging was very professional! High quality citric acid, too!”

, Spring, Texas August 25, 2010


, Amarillo, TX August 19, 2014

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 100g (~3.5 oz.)
(Approx. 4.5 Servings/Pound)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 2.4
Calories From Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%


Citric Acid

Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.


Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. It is ok to refrigerate.

Country of Origin: Belgium

ID: 7123

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