Besides offering a wide selection of snacks and goodies, NutsOnline also carries quite a few products for projects both in and out of the kitchen. One of our favorites, citric acid,Â has quite a few uses!
Citric acid, also known as lemon salt or sour salt, is a completely natural acid thatâ€™s derived from fruit. In fact, itâ€™s what gives citrus fruits their tart bite. Itâ€™s often found in calcium supplements because it has been shown to help your bones absorb calcium more easily.
One of the most common uses of citric acid is in cooking and baking. Citric acid can add a tart punch to candies and soft drinks. In fact, the white, powdery coating on the outside of many sour gummies and hard candies is often a mixture of citric acid and sugar! The acid also acts as a preservative in foods such as bread, ice cream and cheese.
Of course, citric acid isnâ€™t just reserved for edibles. Many people add the acid to commercial dishwasher detergent or create homemade detergent from mixture of citric acid, borax and baking soda. The acid removes hard water deposits from dishes, the dishwasherâ€™s interior and the drain pipes. A solution of citric acid and water can also be used to clean tile floors.
One of the most interesting ways to use citric acid is to make homemade bath bombs. These fizzy balls foam up in the tub, making bathtime more refreshing and fun! To make a batch of bath bombs, mix 3 cups of baking soda with 1-1/2 cups of citric acid. Stir in 30 to 40 drops of your favorite essential oil, one drop at a time, along with a few drops of food coloring, if desired. Pack the bath bombs tightly into bath bomb molds (found at your local craft store) and let the bombs dry until theyâ€™re solid. Easy and amazing!
Have you ever worked with citric acid? What are some of your favorite uses?