Citric Acid instead of vinegar for cleaning equipments


Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor
BRS Member
It becomes more popular to use citric acid instead of vinegar to clean equipments.
Since citric acid comes in pure form instead of 5% solution as vinegar, it is actually cheaper.
I have been using citric acid for a whie and found it cleans faster than vinegar and it does not smell.
Here is a link to the food grade (over killed but it is only $2.64 per lb) citric acid:


Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor
BRS Member
This Citric acid from Amazon at $2.64 per lb is as good as you can get in terms of quality.

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Matt W

BRS Member
And the best part about food grade is that you can then also use to make some great recipes (canning, cocktails)- another name for CA is sour salt; you sometimes see it in Kosher section.

My house is a mini lab. :)

I make my nacho cheese with sodium citrate and sodium hexametaphosphate. More or less like Velveeta but I get to pick the cheese.


Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor
BRS Member
Yes. Food grade is great. I just used it to clean my coffee machine, clean the kitchen sink, tea kettle, and add some acidity for cooking.

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