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  • Citric Acid: How To Make Your Softener And Dishwasher Rinse-aid.

Date Posted: 9 March 2019




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!wink

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 voilà!laugh

Job done!!! 




200 gr Citric Acid

800 ml 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. 



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!smiley





You can buy citric acid in our shop if you want to choose the quantity that works for you, or here if you wish to have the KIT already prepared with my DIY recipes book,  or you can have a look at all the shops that sell cleaning products. 

You can find more DIY recipes in my book. wink


Have a look at this website for more information about citric acid as a softener.




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