Care Products – The household detergents sector is by far the largest consumer of surfactants in Europe. Whether in the kitchen, bathroom, living room or garage, the surfactants used in household detergent formulations have helped make almost any cleaning job easier and more efficient, while providing greater hygiene and protection.
There are many different surfactants used in household detergent applications, each with different performance or physical properties and designed for the specific task at hand.
Home Care Products
One of the most vital and well-known applications is in laundry detergents, both in powder and liquid form, where surfactants have to work especially hard. Along with the other components, they should accomplish more than just cleaning. From the moment the detergent pack is opened until the last dose is used, the detergent should remain fluid and easy to store, not clump (if powdered), dissolve easily, and be easy to put in the washing machine.
During the washing process, surfactants disperse not only liquid dirt but also solid residues, such as dirt particles, clothing and textile fibers, and then keep them suspended in the aqueous solution so that they do not settle again and can be rinsed easily. off. At the same time, they prevent the fibers from becoming electrically charged, ensuring that the cleaning effect lasts longer, as the charged fibers and bristles attract dirt particles.
Laundry detergents do all of this without damaging delicate fabrics or hands, and the surfactants in fabric softeners help prevent freshly washed clothes and fabrics from rubbing against the skin. The smart design of the surfactants also allowed these detergents to do all of this while working at lower water temperatures, reducing laundry energy consumption.
Typical Home Care
Laundry detergents (powder, liquid and tablet)
Dishwashing detergents (liquid and tablet)
Hard floor and surface cleaners
Personal Care Products
Surfactants are essential components in virtually all modern personal care products and formulations that we take for granted every day. From daily shower and bath routines and keeping skin soft and healthy to protecting teeth and nails, surfactants allow these products to do their job safely and effectively.
A large number of different surfactants are used in personal care applications, each exhibiting different performance or aesthetic properties. The selection of surfactants is designed for the specific task at hand, whether it’s creating a rich, creamy lather or a lather for washing, bathing and shaving; soften, lubricate and hydrate the skin; or create an attractive protective layer for hair, lips and nails.
Surfactants clean and lather in shampoos and conditioners, shower gels, liquid soaps, and bath additives. Mild shampoos with skin-friendly surfactants that don’t sting the eyes have become the norm.
Surfactants also allow the fine dispersion of color pigments in makeup and lipstick. They disperse fragrances in colognes, aftershave lotions, and hair lotions and are found in hair dyes and hair care products, as well as shaving creams and toothpastes.
Typical Personal Care
Skin creams and lotions
Shampoo and conditioner
Shaving foam and gel
Health Care Products
Surfactants are essential in many types of health products that help us stay fit and healthy. From preparing and administering active ingredients in tablets and capsules, and suspending active ingredients in syrups and liquids, to promoting moisturizing and skin penetration in creams and ointments, surfactants are essential for both production and for the efficacy of many of these therapeutic treatments. .
Surfactants are necessary for the production of tablets, capsules, creams, lotions, drops, syrups and suppositories. They are also required for the processing of oil-soluble or water-insoluble substances for the production of various forms of drugs.
Surfactants are common ingredients in tablet and capsule formulations to enhance the wetting, solubility, and diffusion of the active ingredients. They are also used as lubricants in the manufacture of capsules and tablets and also to improve the flow of pharmaceutical powders or granules.
In many cases, they have a positive effect on the release of the active ingredient. The wetting properties of surfactants. For example, are important for tablets because they must be moistened for effective dispersion of the active substance in the digestive tract.
Surfactants are also used to produce a homogeneous dispersion of propellant and ingredients in aerosol-based treatments, such as inhalers, and to emulsify hardened wax into ear drops.
Typical Health Care
Ear and eye drops
Inhalers and aerosols