The Apothecary Citric Acid Cleaner

The Apothecary Citric Acid Cleaner
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


  • Citric acid
Overall Rating
4.8 out of 5 stars from 30 reviews

30 out of 30 people would recommend this product

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
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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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