The key ingredients in laundry detergent are surfactants, building and bulking agents, bleaches and optical brighteners, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Surfactants and bleaches perform dirt and stain removal. Some detergents also include enzymes that break down organic stains. Chemical stabilizers, de-caking agents and solvents are also found in detergents.Continue Reading
Surfactants are compounds with regions of both positive and negative charge. These compounds dissolve dirt molecules and carry them away from the surfaces being cleaned. In conjunction with enzymes, which break down protein-based stains, surfactants are the primary cleaning agents in all laundry detergents.
Bleaches and optical whiteners enhance the appearance of laundered items but do not technically remove dirt or stain molecules from the fabric. Bleaches are strong, oxidizing chemicals that react with stain molecules and render them colorless. Optical whiteners enhance the perceived whiteness of clean fabrics by transforming ultraviolet waves to minimize yellow frequencies and maximize white frequencies.
Non-reactive building and bulking agents constitute most of the actual mass of powdered laundry detergents. The bulk of liquid detergents consists of water, which acts to dissolve all other components of the detergent. Binding agents ensure that the components of the detergent remain well mixed. Natural and artificial fragrances confer a pleasant scent to the detergent and the resultant clean clothes.Learn more about Cleaning Products
Gain Ultra high efficiency laundry detergent contains many ingredients, including sodium borate, dimethicone, ethanolamine, anionic surfactants, fragrance, alcohol ethoxylates, polyethyleneimine ethoxylates, liquitint green, benzenesulfionic acid, linear alkyl benzene sulfionate, alcohol ethoxylate, alcohol sulfate, pentetic acid, diethylene glycol, amylase, protease, enyzmes, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, denatured alcohol, propylene glycol and water, according to the Environmental Working Group. Many ingredients are graded by the EWG for various environmental concerns.Full Answer >
A mild detergent is a detergent that uses surfactants to remove dirt and grease. The solution easily and safely cleans the area when mixed with warm or hot water.Full Answer >
Ammonia is not listed as a disinfectant by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ammonia is one of the most widely produced industrial chemicals in the United States. Roughly 80 percent of manufactured ammonia is utilized in fertilizer for the agriculture industry.Full Answer >
The ingredients of Joy Ultra Dishwashing Liquid, Lemon Scent, are: triclosan, fragrance, methylisothiazolinone, FD&C yellow 5, surfactants, sodium laureth sulfate, cyclohexanediamine, PEI-14 PEG-10/PPG-7 copolymer, sodium lauryl sulfate, PPG-26, biodegradable anionic surfactants, alkyl dimethyl amine oxides, enzymes, phenoxyethanol, alcohol denatured, water and sodium chloride. This product contains ingredients that could cause respiratory effects, acute aquatic toxicity and chronic aquatic toxicity.Full Answer >