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What about the Safety of Detergent Surfactants?

Jan. 25, 2022

The soap and detergent industry has introduced new products as new manufacturing processes have emerged. From the day the company began developing new products, a commitment to safety has been a top priority for as long as the products have been on the market.

Regular use of cleaning products is critical to the health of our society and the well-being of our people. Because cleaning products are part of our daily lives, it is vital that they do not pose a significant risk to health. Let's look at what its effects are.

Anionic surfactants

This chemical reacts with hydrocarbons derived from petroleum or fats and oils to produce new acids similar to fatty acids.

A second reaction adds a base to the new acid to produce a type of anionic surfactant molecule.

Nonionic Surfactants

Nonionic surfactant molecules are produced by first converting hydrocarbons to alcohols and then reacting fatty alcohols with ethylene oxide. These nonionic surfactants can be further reacted with sulfuric acid-containing acids to form another type of anionic surfactant.

Soaps and detergents

Suppose we have greasy soil on our clothes. Water alone will not remove this soil. One important reason is that the grease in the soil repels the water molecules. Now let's add soap or detergent. The water-repellent end of the surfactant is repelled by the water but attracted to the oil in the soil. At the same time, the water-loving end is attracted to the water molecules.

These opposing forces loosen the soil and suspend it in the water. Warm or hot water helps to dissolve the oils and grease in the soil. Washing machine agitation or hand rubbing helps to remove the soil.

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Federal regulations govern the use of precautionary statements related to personal safety on the labels of household cleaning products. In addition to the safety assessment process and warning labels, consumer education programs on the proper use, storage and disposal of cleaning products support the human safety efforts of the soap and detergent industry. These activities enable consumers to use cleaning products with confidence in their safety and performance.

Most household cleaning products are formulated for use with water and are "discharged down the drain" into the wastewater treatment system. In general, very little of the ingredients used to clean clothes, dishes, home and workplace surfaces actually reach the environment, without causing any adverse effects on streams, rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Improving the environment

The soap and detergent industry is committed to understanding the impact of its products and packaging on the environment. With this understanding comes the ability to reduce their impact and improve their environmental quality.

Cleaning product manufacturers have been leaders in reducing packaging waste and encouraging sound waste disposal practices. Advances in technology have led to more concentrated products, products that combine two functions into one, products with supplemental packaging and packaging that uses recycled materials. Concentrated products require less energy to manufacture and transport, and require less packaging.


Most of SANCOLO products are flame retardant, non-toxic and can be shipped as general chemical products. We will customize the packaging of our products, such as plastic drums, galvanized iron drums, IBC drums, etc., according to specific customer needs (bulk and small volume available). Handle carefully and avoid collision.  

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