Citric Acid

Synonyms: C6H8O7; 2-Hydroxy-1,2,3-propanetricarboxylic acid, monohydrate
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Used as a flavoring and preservative in food and beverages, especially soft drinks; buffering properties of citrates are used to control pH in household cleaners and pharmaceuticals; ability to chelate metals makes it useful in soaps and laundry detergents; used to prepare photographs; flavoring for vitamin C, and sour candies; effervescent property of bath tablets; used in skin masks and lotion.