Citric acid is an extremely common and useful chemical product that sees use in a wide range of industries and products. An effective cleaning product and degreasing agent.

  • Synonyms: 2 - Hydroxy - 1, 2, 3, - Propanetricarboxylic Acid, Citric Acid 50% Food Grade, Citric Acid Anhydrous, E 330
  • INCI: Citric Acid
  • Chemical formula: C6H8O7
  • CAS #: 77-92-9
  • Hazard: • Causes skin irritation Causes serious eye irritation


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Citric Acid 50%
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Product specifications

Appearancewater white liquid
Odormild odor
SolubilitiesSoluble in water
Freezing point32°F (0.0°C)
Molecular weight192.13 g/mol
Weight per gallon10.4213 lbs/gal
ClassAcid, Acidulant, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Citrate, Preservative
GradesIndustrial, ACS, USP, NF grade, Kosher, Halal

Uses and Applications for Citric Acid

Citric acid uses include acidulant, adhesives & cements, animal feed, antioxidant, beverage mixes,buffer, candy & , confectionary, cheese, chelating agent, concrete, concrete set time retarder, conditioners, cosmetics, dairy products, detergents, facial cleaner, fertilizer, flavors, fruit drinks, hair care, hard candy, jellies & preserves, leavening agent, liquid hand soap, meat products, moisturizing cream formulations, nail polish oil field service chemicals, oil well acidizing, oil well cementing, oil well cementing set time retarder, ointments, pet food, ph control, pharmaceuticals, phosphate replacement.

  • Agriculture: Citric acid is used in animal feed, fertilizers, algicides. It enhances plant growth, photosynthesis and phytoextraction.
  • Beverage products: Citric acid plays a huge role in enhancing flavours, particularly in the drinks industry, as it provides a sour, and refreshing flavor which offsets the sweetness of many drinks.
  • Food products: Citric acid is used throughout the dairy industry, in particular, within cheese production and processing. The acid helps to create the perfect environment for stabilisation of emulsions. Including preventing fats from separating. It can also be used to adjust the pH of both beer and wine solutions during manufacture.
  • Personal care: Citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products. Citric acid is naturally found in citric fruits and juices, providing the characteristic acidic taste.
  • Pharmaceutical products: Citric acid is used as an excipient in pharmaceutical preparations due to its antioxidant properties. It maintains stability of active ingredients and is used as a preservative. It is also used as an acidulant to control pH and acts as an anticoagulant by chelating calcium in blood.

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Citric acid is an extremely common and useful chemical product that sees use in a wide range of industries and products. An effective cleaning product and degreasing agent.

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Citric acid is available in cans, pails, metal drums, totes, bulk in variable quantities.

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