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The Apothecary Citric Acid Cleaner

The Apothecary Citric Acid Cleaner

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The Apothecary Citric Acid Cleaner
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  • 250g
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This one-ingredient wonder can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks around your home. Add The Apothecary’s citric acid cleaner to your dishwasher as a rinsing aid, to leave your dishes gleaming and germ-free. You can also use it to banish limescale from taps and kettles, and disinfect your kitchen surfaces. Citric acid banishes mould and mildew, busts rust, buffs away hard water stains and soap scum. With this one nifty natural cleaner, you can make your entire home sparkle!  The Apothecary’s cleaning products are truly safe and harmless, so families can use them with complete peace of mind.

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  • General cleaner and dishwasher rinse aid
  • Part of The Apothecary’s “Spotless” cleaning range
  • Citric acid is effective at killing bacteria, mould, and mildew. It cleans away hard water marks, calcium deposits, soap scum, limescale and even rust.
  • Citric acid is naturally occurring and easily biodegradable. It’s safe for the planet’s water system, and contains no harsh toxins that would pose a threat to your family’s health.

Did You Know? Citric acid is also called lemon salt or sour salt. It is commonly added to foods and beverages as a natural preservative, or as a natural flavouring.

How To Prepare Your Machine: 

  • When changing over from conventional dishwasher detergents and rinse aids, it is really important to first prepare your machine.
  • This is done by clearing away deposits that are likely to have built up in the pipes, nooks and crannies of your machine.
  • Otherwise, these deposits will be loosened by the cleaning action of the natural dishwasher salts and citric acid rinse aid, and redeposited on your dishes!
  • To prepare your machine, put 1/4 - 1/2 cup of citric acid in the bottom of your empty dishwasher and start a normal wash cycle.
  • After a few minutes (3-5), interrupt the cycle and allow the solution to soak in the machine for a couple of hours.
  • Then resume the cycle and allow it to finish and drain the solution away.
  • If your machine does not allow you to interrupt the cycle, instead run the longest cycle available with the citric acid in the bottom of the machine as above.


  • Add up to 1tsp to your dishwasher dispenser to add sparkle to your dishes.
  • Run an empty cycle with 1Tbsp of citric acid to clean the inside of your dishwasher.
  • Dilute (30ml: 1L of water) to clean glass to a brilliant shine.
  • Use a stronger solution (125ml: 1L of water) to disinfect kitchen countertops or chopping boards.
  • Store in a tightly closed container to prevent caking.


  • 250g


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Overall Rating
4.8 out of 5 stars from 71 reviews

71 out of 71 people would recommend this product

27/07/2021, By Merilyn
I bought this as a soak treatment for my washing machine and dishwasher. I'm impressed with the results, but I'm still fighting with the limescale on my toilet.
24/06/2021, By Diane
Excellent cleaning aid.
18/05/2021, By Nilsh
The stain in my toilet is eventually gone. A great product.
04/05/2021, By Fany
I made bath bombs with it. Works perfectly.
15/03/2021, By Jenny
I use it for removing limescale in my kettle (works like a charm) and I add a bit to my bathroom cleaner (makes everything shine).
27/02/2021, By AnnaD
Make's for a great dishwasher detergent, mixed with oxygen bleach and baking soda.
27/01/2021, By Melanie
16/01/2021, By Sonia
So impressed! I had a metal lid that was encrusted with rust. I submerged it in a little water with a tablespoon of citric acid cleaner and left it overnight. The next morning most of the rust was easily removed. Can't wait to try it in other applications.
05/12/2020, By Linkie
Magic product. Can use it for a multitude of things to clean the kitchen,
bathrooms, kettle and much more.
16/11/2020, By Taryn
14/11/2020, By Cheryl
26/10/2020, By Thasmine
Works amazingly wel
25/10/2020, By Mien
17/10/2020, By FRANCIS
20/09/2020, By Liz
After reading the reviews I decided to buy a few packs.I'm very pleased with the product as it serves as a chemical free all rounder in the kitchen and bathroom.It cleaned my dishwasher , countertops and cupboards.I was pleasantly surprised when it removed rust on my Juicer.Works very well on glass...sparkling water bottles!!!I
05/09/2020, By Natassia
I bought this for the first time and just wanted it to use for cleaning my jewelry. To my surprise I discovered it can be used for so much more. My dishwasher cleaner was finished and it was time for it to run a machine clean cycle, so on the dishwasher app it advised I can use citric acid also. I gave it a try and WoW - did it clean my dishwasher! Will not be wasting my money in expensive cleaners anymore. And bonus its plastic free and environmental friendly.
05/09/2020, By Claire
efficient and easy to use
22/08/2020, By B
This came up in my search for plastic free dishwashing. I thought I could use it for washing dishes by hand . Not the case . Usually use triple orange wonder gel , but they come in plastic . Hoping to find another use for this item.
11/08/2020, By Yolandi
Does what's expected.
29/07/2020, By Ocean
Cleaner for your cleaner
24/07/2020, By Kristina
I love using citric acid as a natural cleaning product. It's a great way to remove stains from the toilet bowl without using bleach, and it also does a great job of removing rust. Recently used it to restore an old pair of pliers. This package it good value for money compared to what is available in supermarkets, and it's plastic free too. Win win.
23/07/2020, By Sara
Glad to find this
20/07/2020, By Jacolien
We made our own dishwasher tabs with this, it really works great!
14/07/2020, By Tasneem
26/06/2020, By Lili
Amazed at all the ways this can be used, leaves things feeling clean not chemical!
15/06/2020, By CRS
I use this as a dishwasher rinse aid. Works wonders.
11/06/2020, By Linkie
This stuff is absolutely amazing. Was a bit aprehensive because of the word acid. What a fantastic product. Use it in the washing machine, dishwasher, kettle, toilets, and clean diffuser.
09/06/2020, By Goodness
Cleans up the washing machine on an empty load
30/05/2020, By Rosalee
Great little multi tasker
28/05/2020, By Rock
Solid cleaning agent
10/05/2020, By Real
09/05/2020, By Tiny
Combined with washing powder
05/05/2020, By Olivia
used this in my bath bomb was not the best thing
02/05/2020, By Susie
Wow - this stuff is amazing. Just cleaned my kettle and now its spotless.
27/04/2020, By Candy
Machine detox
23/04/2020, By Angela
Wonderful Stuff!! Stains in toilet are a thing of the past
04/04/2020, By Blue
01/04/2020, By Winner
Real cleaner
15/03/2020, By Bernadine
Perfect for cleaning your aroma diffuser. Works so well.
12/03/2020, By Leanda
Works a treat and best of all, no plastic!
08/03/2020, By Tumi
Great for the dishwasher. Glad I use a nontoxic option
16/02/2020, By Monia
I cannot rave enough about this product! I used to gag every time i opened my dishwasher after it cleaned... But using this stuff has completely changed that... No more yucky dishwasher whiffs when you use this as a rinse aid! Fantastic and lasts long.. Great price.!
15/01/2020, By Support
Try it
15/01/2020, By Lara
Best of the best for my dishwasher and clothes washer. I use it once a month to clean the machines. I just drop the hole pouch into each machine and it gets all sparkly and removes all smells from my dishwasher
05/01/2020, By Andrea
I started it using in the bathroom and it does clean, happy with the purchase.
11/11/2019, By Friendly
Cleans well
21/10/2019, By Atél
This works very well. I use it as a rinse aid in the dishwasher, to clean the dishwasher as well as the toilets, baths and shower.
30/09/2019, By Rowena
Works really well, does no harm to the earth
25/09/2019, By Bokuka
I use this once a week to scrub my showers and toilets. Germ free with no ammonia
19/09/2019, By Bev
My cleaning has changed forever. No more chemicals in my home. What an amazing product. Love using it, and my cats have fewer allergies
17/09/2019, By Joy
Works really well to clear mould
11/09/2019, By Sara
I use this to clean out my dishwasher once a week - does a great job and leaves everything sparkling clean.
26/08/2019, By Leandri
Absolute must-have for green cleaning!
08/07/2019, By Rowena
I love using natural products that don't harm and this is one of them
27/06/2019, By Mel
Great cleaner, much better than chemical laden cleaners
09/06/2019, By Izak
Works so well. I use it as a rinse aid in the dishwasher. Leaves my dishes spotless!
29/04/2019, By Rowena
Works very well cleaning glassware, the dishwasher machine and as a salt rinse. Will continue to use it.
12/04/2019, By Bernice
after reading the write up on this product I decided to try it and Im so happy i did! It made my glasses sparkly and clear and my cutlery shine - I use it in the dish washer.
03/12/2018, By Simone
Have been using this in our homemade dishwashing pods and love it.
07/11/2018, By Amy
Brilliant as a dishwasher rinse aid. Cleans showers with ease. Very excited to have stumbled upon this.
05/11/2018, By Cobie
Very economical - a little goes a long way and it does not cost the earth - literally. Back to basics stuff.
10/08/2018, By Bronwyn
This stuff is amazing! I am so impressed. Has worked better than expected amd a little goes a long way
26/03/2018, By H
This citric acid removed stains that nothing else organic or inorganic could budge. It works wonders removing stains from my light grey caeserstone countertops.
19/03/2018, By Karin
Great cleaner.
26/02/2018, By Varsha
used it for dishwashing -stubborn marks and draining board scrub- worked really nice- i like that it isnt packaged in plastic
19/02/2018, By Marihan
Great stuff, using it with the dishwasher salts as rinse aid
24/01/2018, By Elisabeth B
This product has so many uses around the home. From spotless wine glasses to scum free kettles, even my daughter's homemade bath bombs!
26/11/2017, By Eunice
I love using this product in my bathroom. For simple toilette cleaning I use bicarb and citric acid with a few drops of orange essential oil. For the tough cleaning I add lemon juice or vinager. Using the natural cleaning products also does not harm my skin.
21/10/2017, By Samantha
Cleaned the scale in my kettle really well. Better than the commercial products
06/10/2017, By Sandra
Works as well as vinegar for cleaning water filters.
21/07/2017, By Diane
Adding this to the dishwashing salts made all the difference.The slight opaque look on the glasses was gone.Everything sparkled again.

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