Where to Buy Citric Acid

Beth Asaff
Citric Acid

If you're wondering where to buy citric acid, it may not be as complicated as you expect. You can probably find it at a number of different types of stores locally, or for the sake of convenience, you may want to shop online.

Purchase Citric Acid Locally and Online

Citric acid is used in a variety of ways from cooking to creating bath products. It is used in many different applications, so you can find it everywhere from craft stores to the baking aisle in your local grocers. Keep in mind that not all forms you find are suitable for adding to food; check the labels to ensure what you are purchasing is labeled as "food grade" when used with food.

Other places to check locally:

  • Pharmacies
  • Stores that supply wine making and beer brewing materials
  • Health food stores

If you happen to know someone who owns a bakery, you may be able to ask them to order some from their supplier for you. If they're ordering in bulk anyway, you may be able to get a great deal.

There are many more choices when shopping for food grade citric acid online.

Bulk Foods

At Bulk Foods you can buy one pound, five pounds, 25 pounds or 55 pounds of citric acid. They are simply granulated crystals with no additives. Prices start around $17 and go up from there.

Nuts Online

Nuts Online offers citric acid in one or five pound bags. If you need quite a bit, you can also purchase 25 pound cases. The more you buy, the less you'll pay per pound; bulk discounts are also available. This site sells a multitude of baking supplies and snacks by the pound. There is also a selection of coffees, teas, gifts, raw foods and more.

The Spice House

The Spice House has granulated citric acid in glass jars and resealable plastic bags. The glass jars are available in two forms: 1/2 cup shaker jar and a one cup jar. The resealable plastic bag is available in three sizes: four ounces, eight ounces and 16 ounces. All are priced at less than $7.

Duda Diesel

Duda Diesel: You'll find food grade 99.9+ percent pure citric acid here in 8 ounce and one, two, five, 12.5, 25 and 50 pound measurements. Not only is the citric acid nearly 100 percent pure, but it is also organic and non-GMO. Free shipping is available with some orders. Eight ounces start at less than $3 and discounts are available for bulk orders of the 50 pound pails and bags.

Non Food Grade Citric Acid

In addition to these sources of food grade citric acid, there are also several retailers of non food grade varieties for uses in lotions and other body products.

  • The Sage carries citric acid in one, five, 10, and 25 pound sizes. It's listed for use in bath and body products like bath fizzies and lotions. There is also a recipe link, so if you're curious about how to make your own bath bombs, you can easily learn and purchase supplies in the same place.
  • National Chemicals sells citric acid in three pound tubs available for use in beauty products, bath salts, and cleaning supplies. Please keep in mind that this citric acid is not for food use. However, if you need several tubs of it, you can save money by buying in bulk here. You'll save over a dollar per tub if you purchase 16 or more tubs.
  • Soap Goods has citric acid available in amounts from 1.5 to 2,000 pounds. It is not to be used for food, but can be used in bath bombs, shampoos, lotions and cleaning products. The company guarantees that your order will be shipped the same day or the day after you place your order.

Citric Acid Has Many Uses

Citric acid has many uses, from arts and crafts to canning vegetables and fruits. It's available in several types of stores, but because of its many uses it could be challenging to locate locally if you are unsure of the type you need. While you can use any citric acid for bath bombs, cleaning, and other projects, you must be sure to use food grade citric acid for canning, cooking, or candy making. Be sure to get the best citric acid for the project that you have planned.

Where to Buy Citric Acid