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CITRIC ACID: HOW TO MAKE YOUR SOFTENER AND DISHWASHER RINSE-AID

I know that lot of people prefer not to use the softener, but it would be imperative to utilise it in the washing-machine, in fact, washed clothes are very alkaline, especially if you use laundry powder, and their pH is totally different from our skin pH.

As a fabric softener, citric acid excels because it neutralises the alkalinity of laundry detergent, acting as a pH adjuster and bringing the laundry alkaline pH closer to our natural skin pH. In fact, as I have already explained in my previous post, citric acid is an excellent toxic-free alternative to the commercial softener and dishwasher rinse-aid. It also works effectively as limescale remover, so using it in your laundry routine will prolong your washing-machine life!

This recipe is easy and super quick to make: you only need to add the powder to the water (better if distilled) and shake the bottle...et voilà!

 Job done!!!    

I prefer working in grams because it is more accurate than ml/tbs/oz. 

  

Ingredients

200 g Citric Acid

800 g Water

  

How to prepare

Pour the water into a 1-litre cleaned bottle. Then add the citric acid. Shake the bottle until the powder dissolves completely. 

 

  

 

How to use

Use the citric acid solution in the washing-machine as a regular softener, pouring it into the fabric-conditioner compartment of the drawer. 

Similarly for the dishwasher: pour the solution into the rinse-aid compartment. 

 

 

 

TIP 

You can also add 1 spoonful of citric acid powder directly into the fabric-conditioner compartment of the drawer and add a little water, if you don't want to make a liquid solution.

 

Too easy to be true?!  Let's give a try!

 

You can buy citric acid in our shop if you want to choose the quantity that works for you, or you can have a look at all the shops that sell cleaning products. 

You can find more DIY recipes in my book. 

 

 download this recipe here 

 credits to mammachimica

Have a look at this website for more information on how to wash your clothes in an ecological way

 

 HAPPY DIY

LOVE _ JO


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3 comments

  • Hello and thank you for this info!! Was wondering; is it safe to add essential oil to the baking soda/water mix? Thanks!

    Diana Cotriss

  • Hi Debra,
    many thanks for your comment 💚
    A teaspoon is more than enough.

    HAPPY DIY & STAY SAFE
    Jo 🌿

    Jo

  • Hello, when you say to use one spoonful in the fabric conditioner compartment what size spoon do you mean? Thank you!

    Debra

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