Xanthan Gum..Can it be used to increase viscosity of dishwash liquid?

i am contemplating to use xanthan gum to increase the viscosity level of an economic dishwash formula.is Xanthan Gum suitable?

My economic Formula includes Caustic Soda, LABSA, SLES, CDE, SALT (Thickener), Dye, Scent, Preservative. 

Thank you in advance.


  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    Your formulation looks OK, why would you add Xanthan to it. Try optimizing it, surely you can get it thick. If you can get your hands on Amine Oxide, that should help you with viscosity and foam both.
  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    Can't get a clear formula with Xanthan.
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  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    They do make a clear grade of Xanthan gum. RT Vanderbilt makes Vanzan NF-C for example.
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  • You can use xanthan but why in a dishwashing liquid?
  • BILOBILO Member

    Chemist77, i need to increase the viscosity because the local market for economic dishwash liquid requires it. The customers are requesting a dishwash liquid that is LUMPY and DARKER in colour.

    Belassi, clarity is not an issue. The requirement as i mentioned above is a heavily viscous liquid.
  • You would be better off with a cellulosic like HEC which will give both viscosity and foam stability.
  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    Use dyes for coloration, no issue there. As for main formulation, I still would go with LABSA, SLES, salt, amine oxide; should get you there easy.
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