May 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm #256924
Ok. I have discovered citric acid is not only for cooking here’s what I have discovered/used it for so far feel free to add anything else it is good for.
Cleaning the toilet – We get a deposit at the bottom of our toilet bowl from the minerals in the water, no amount of cleaning and scrubbing seemed to move it. we had resorted to CLR, which did work with repeated treatments. Then I thought one day to sprinkle some citric acid in the bowl, give it a bit of a scrub and left it for over night and in the morning it was cleaner than it had ever been
[li]Cleaning the kettle – we get that build up of crusty stuff on the heating element, put a sprinkle (very precise measurement there) in boil the kettle and discard the water (unless you want lemon flavored coffee) rinse out and it should be as good ans new (repeat if necessary)[/li]
[li]Cleaning baked on grime on white stovetops – We have an electric stove (just the flat black heatting elements on the enamel top) and the element we use the most has a nice grim-ey ring around it even though it was “cleaned”, only solution I had found was to use something like jiff to scrub very gently and repeatedly, which did make it better but not the best. A sprinkling of citric acid after wetting the area to be cleaned, leaving it sit for half an hour or so and most of it wiped away.[/li]
[li]Build up of water salts/minerals in the bathroom – We have a glass screened shower in our ensuite, which the previous owners decided to tile in black for the floor and white for the walls (i’m sure it looked great new, but black tiles and grout and showers really shouldn’t mix). So even when the shower is clean it doesn’t really “look” clean. This morning when I got out of the shower a spot just outside the shower caught my eye, it is where the water from the floor runs back into the shower in a small hole in the shower frame. I have tried to clean it everytime I have cleaned the shower but nothing would get it clean, its that salty residue which then catches all the dust etc. So I wet it with a cloth, sprinkled the citric acid on and to my amazement it started to bubble where the “grot” was, within a couple of minutes it was all disolved and gone, I also noticed that it was bubbling in the grout where being black grout it shows up all the residue stuff, so that is my next experiment, to see if I can turn the “non black” grout in the shower back to black by cleaning it with citric acid. Oh and it hasnt discolored the tiles or grout or anything.[/li]
Any one else got anything elseMay 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm #523954
Mix Citric acid and bicarb 50/50 place in plastic bag.i use the glad sandwich type. take hiking, camping etc. If you sprain as ankle or such just add water to mix and voila ice pack. One little warning, open the bag every so often to release gas that forms, gas is CO2
great chem experiment for kids who always want to watch the bag explode as well so if you do it with the kids do it OUTSIDE
:jawdrop: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:May 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm #523955
I heard you can use it to wash out the dish washer haven’t tried it as yet
Will try it on the toilet when we first moved here the back toilet has black in the bottom no matter what I do it won’t come off the edges. Did manage to get rid of the bottom part. Vinegar removed the bottom area but won’t shift the sidesMay 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm #523956
We bought an ex-flower farm and they used citric acid in the buckets to keep the flowers lasting longer. They were proteas and wax flowers so don’t know if it only works on woody-type plants.
Re the toilet: our ’tish-cart’ man said to use bicarb to clean the loo coz it doesn’t mess up the good bacteria in the septic tank. Don’t know if citric acid would do anything to it.May 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm #523957
Diluted citric acid and water works as a rust remover and so does molasses and water. :tup:May 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm #523958
Great thread, thank you folks. :clap:
I must try that hint Bullseye, comes just at the right time. :tup:
:hug:May 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm #523959
Bobbee, a search of youtube will provide the good visual results of what citric acid or molasses does to rust.
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