Floor Cleaner Formulation

  This is my formualation for Floor Cleaner. Please give your comments and suggestions. Also if you can help me to improve my making any changes do write

BKC 50% :  
SLES: 1%
CAPB: 1%
EDTA: .01%
Sodium Bicar: 5%
Boric acid: 1%
IPA: 5%
Acetic Acid: 5%
Fragnance: QS
Colour: QS
Water : balance


  • ozgirlozgirl Member, PCF student
    All this formula will give you is a "volcano" when the acetic acid reacts with the sodium bicarbonate.

    I suggest looking for a better starting formulation. Do you have access to UL Prospector?
  • ozgirl  Should I drop acetic acid from the formulation?
  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    I have suggested a glass formula in your other post, base this on the same concept. Take help from articles and other related literature. 
  • ;Chemist77  Thanks. What about Floor cleaner formula? As mention by ozgirl  I am removing Acetic acid
  • ozgirlozgirl Member, PCF student
    I would also remove the boric acid as this will also react with the sodium bicarbonate. It is more common to use sodium carbonate in floor cleaners rather than sodium bicarbonate.

    I would recommend joining the UL Prospector website and searching for books called Advanced Cleaning Product Formulations by Ernest W Flick for good starting formulations.

    When you create a formula you need to know what the function of each raw material is and if it will interact the raw materials in the formula.

    If you are planning on putting this into commercial production I would suggest contacting a consultant or discussing with your manufacturer.

  • DuncanDuncan Member, Professional Chemist
    Sodium Carbonate, or sodium metasilicate to raisse the pH and cut through grease. If you are cleaning really greasy surfaces sodium hydroxide works well, but is aggressive to surfaces and in skin contact. Metasilicate is aluminium safe
    EDTA is commonly added over and above what you've used as it's good for breaking up earth type soils. I'd use significantly more than what you have
    Is this ready to use, or dilution to use?
    UK based, Over 20 years in Toiletries, After a 5 year sabbatical doing cleaning products, back in the land of Personal Care
  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    In addition I would suggest something like Berol 260 which is proven to cut through grease very efficiently. And as @Duncan mentioned use chelants magnanimously as they also play a very important role in such formulations.
  • ravimosairavimosai Member
    edited April 2018
    ozgirlDuncanChemist77  Thanks for your help
  • ravimosairavimosai Member
    edited April 2018

    Duncan Dilution with water
  • ravimosairavimosai Member
    edited April 2018
    ozgirl  I have gone through many Floor cleaner products and all contain bi carbonate, but yes they don't have boric acid.
  • Any new formulation for floor cleaner

  • On the other post you were asking about Fragrance, use peppermint :) will give a nice fresh smell. As for the formulation, it has already been stated, avoid mixing bases and acids. 
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