Lemi Shine alternative: citric acid? Something else for daily use?
March 17, 2014 4:06 PM Subscribe
We have hard water in our house, and our dishes are showing it something wicked. It's to the point we'll need to wash with something other than plain dish detergent every wash. Lemi Shine is great (mostly*), but it'll be expensive to run every wash with Lemi Shine. So I looked around and this house-keeping blog tried citric acid with positive results
and a significant savings, while this chemistry blog thinks Lemi Shine is citric acid hemihydrate
. Is there any concern to buying bulk citric acid or citric acid hemihydrate?
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* The "mostly" is because a few of our glasses and mugs have been too aggressively cleaned, with the printed/painted logos eroding, and a fired mug losing its luster and staining pretty easily now.
So, even if citric acid is safe, is there something more mild that would allow us to clean our dishes without eating away more fragile paintings/finishes? And is there a way to know what might be overly cleaned besides trial and error?
We're thinking of getting a water softener, but we've made some major investments recently, so low-cost fixes like this work for now, plus my wife isn't fond of the feeling of softened water, as she doesn't feel as clean after showering in soft water.