The conjugate base of citric acid occurs in the metabolism of virtually every living thing. At room temperature, citric acid is a white crystalline powder. It is used in a wide variety of industries including cleaning, dyeing, cosmetics, biology, pharmaceuticals, foods, beverages, personal care, industrial, construction, and even photography. Citric acid exists in a variety of fruits and vegetables, and especially in citrus fruits. Lemons, limes, and oranges possess extremely high concentrations of citric acid. As a food additive, citric acid is used for the flavoring and preservation of food and beverages, especially soft drinks. Citric acid can be used in food coloring to balance the pH level.
Citric acid can also be used as an environmentally-friendly cleaning agent. However, it is imperative to use caution when dealing with citric acid because it can cause severe irritation to the skin including minor skin burns.
As a chemical supplier in Orlando, Bell Chem offers prompt delivery of hundreds of stock products on our own fleet of trucks. We can also ship large volumes of bulk chemicals from our own location in Orlando, FL. Citric acid is just one of the many products we offer. Give us a call at 407-339-BELL (2355) to learn more about our products.