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A user report on the efficacy of citric acid to soften shaving water

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In the Guide, I suggest several options if you find yourself having to shave with hard water, one of which is to use citric acid. I just received an email from Craig B. reporting on his experience in trying it:

We moved to Pleasanton CA which has very hard water – coming from San Ramon CA whose water is super-soft. So I read with interest your comments on using citric acid. After looking in the local stores without success, I bought some on Amazon. Was I ever surprised!! I expected easier lathering and better lather quality – which is just what I got. What I was not expecting, and the bonus mentioned above, was that:

  • The razor itself is much cleaner with only a very small amount of buildup.
  • The razor rinses more completely, presumably because the lather is of better quality (not pasty and sticking to razor and blade).
  • The sink itself in squeaky clean after shaving. The walls of the sink are slick and shiny, eliminating criticism from SWMBO.

Thanks so much for a great tip.

In asking his permission to quote his email, I mentioned that citric acid also is used as a salt substitute. It’s a white crystalline powder that works well in a salt shaker for the table. It adds lemony zest but no salt.

Your input on using citric acid as a salt substitute is good for several reasons. One is that salt is to be avoided for pretty much everyone in so far as possible. Secondly, this is particularly timely because the docs are telling us (in our 70s) to control our blood pressure by eliminating salt and avoiding soups and (diet) sodas and such because they contain too much sodium.. So using citric acid as a substitute sounds like a wonderful idea for us. Thank you so much for the extra tip.

Sounds like I need two salt shakers – one for the table and one for the sink. 🙂

Written by LeisureGuy

20 February 2017 at 3:46 pm

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

2 Responses

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  1. I believe Chuck Falzone made the point that citrate is a chelating agent for calcium and magnesium, like EDTA.


    21 February 2017 at 9:00 am

  2. Yes, he did. I have recommended using citric acide in the last couple of editions of the Guide as well.


    21 February 2017 at 9:39 am

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