Citric Acid

Airedale Chemical Citric Acid has the formula C6H8O7. Generally its primary use is as a flavouring and preservative agent within food and beverages.

In solid form, a white crystalline powder with no notable odour and a strong acidic taste. It can however exist either in an anhydrous (water-free) form or as a monohydrate. As a solution it appears clear with no distinguishing odour.

At Airedale Chemical, we are UK based citric acid suppliers and can provide food grade citric acid through our sister company Rigest. We are able to distribute orders from 25L to bulk transfer throughout the UK, Ireland and the EU. If you are looking to buy citric acid, contact our team to discuss your requirements or for more detailed product information, request our citric acid MSDS.

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Agrochemical Agrochemical

In the agrochemical industry, citric acid is used in the production of fertilisers providing acidity, acting as a pH buffer and chelating metal ions.

Citric acid can also be added to herbicide and insecticides ineffectiveness caused by hard water. The addition of citric acid reduces the solution pH and helps increase the activity of herbicides that are weak acids such as glyphosate.

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Building & Constructon Building & Constructon

Airedale Chemical manufactures and distributes a variety of chemical solutions and solids to cater for the varying requirements from the Building and construction markets. Our chemicals are used in a variety of applications such as sealants, fillers, wetting & bonding agents as well as much more. Core products available within the Building and Construction Market include Phosphoric Acid, Formaldehyde, Caustic Soda and Sodium Metasilicate.

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Detergent & Cleaning Detergent & Cleaning

In detergents, shampoos and soap, Citric Acid is added so that foam is more easily produced. It also increases the efficiency of detergent products helping to dissolve stains more quickly. The acid is favoured over other additives because it is environmentally friendly and biodegradable.

Approximately one-third of Citric Acid consumption is from detergent manufacturers.

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Engineering Engineering

Airedale Chemical manufactures and distributes a number of chemical products used in various applications across the Engineering market. We supply chemicals for use in everything from engine production, power & energy systems including many more. Core chemicals available within this market include De Ionised Water, Antifoams, EDTA and Sodium Hypochlorite.

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Food & Beverage Food & Beverage

Food grade available from our sister company Rigest.

Food & Drink applications include it being added to ice cream as an emulsifying agent to keep fats from separating, to caramel to prevent sucrose crystallization, or to recipes in place of fresh lemon juice. Citric acid is used with sodium bicarbonate in a wide range of effervescent formulae, both for ingestion and for personal care (i.e. bath salts, bath bombs, and cleaning of grease).

Dyeing – used in food colouring to balance pH level of a normally basic dye. It is used as an odourless alternative to white vinegar for home dyeing with acid dyes

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Healthcare Healthcare

Cosmetics & pharmaceuticals – pH adjusting agent in creams and gels of all kinds. Citric Acid is popular in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics as a result of its low toxicity.

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Metal Processing Metal Processing

Cleaning and chelating agent – an excellent chelating agent, binding metals. It is used to remove lime scale from boilers and evaporators.

Industrial and construction – Airedale Chemical Citric acid can be used as a successful alternative to nitric acid in passivation of stainless steel.

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Personal Care Personal Care

Citric acid is added to many natural skin products such as creams and lotions to adjust pH, act as an antioxidant which conceals the signs of ageing and a skin exfoliator.

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Pet Care & Feeds Pet Care & Feeds

In animal feed, Citric Acid is used for feed complementation and acidity regulation. The addition of citric acid reduces the pH of aqueous suspensions of compound feedingstuffs and feed materials.

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Photographic Photographic

Citric acid can be used as a lower-odour stop bath as part of the process for developing photographic film.

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Plastics & Polymers Plastics & Polymers

A large amount of Citric Acid is used in the plastics industry to produce substances that make plastic flexible known as plasticisers.

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Textile Textile

In the textiles industry, Citric Acid is used as a cleansing agent for boiler water, mordanting agent in dyeing and as a sequestering agent.

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