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  • Surfactants

    Posted by BTT8 on March 21, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Are there any surfactants that are not derived from coconut, palm, or corn? I’ve been searching for years on and off and haven’t found anything. I’m looking to formulate dishwasher detergent, hand washing dish soap, laundry detergent, and shampoo for people with extreme allergies to these ingredients. My two children fall into these groups and there are more people besides my family that could benefit from these products. Soap based cleaners are not working very well and I’m so tired of the stench in the laundry.

    BTT8 replied 6 months, 1 week ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • SnowBunnyChemist

    March 22, 2023 at 12:14 am

    Hi, Yes! Soapberries

    also known as soap nuts. They are fruits of several shrubs in the <em style=”background-color: var(-bb-content-background-color); font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; color: var(-bb-body-text-color); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>Sapindus genus.

    Soap berries contain saponins, similar to soap and surfactants.

    They and are commonly used as laundry or dishwashing detergent.

    • BTT8

      March 22, 2023 at 4:10 am

      I’ve tried soap nuts and they didn’t do much good either. Is there something I need to try to add with them?

  • abdullah

    March 22, 2023 at 4:24 am

    Alpha olefin sulfonate

    • BTT8

      March 23, 2023 at 7:22 am

      Is there a pure form of this available? I have only been able to find a 40% solution and the additives are corn based. Unfortunately it’s enough corn to cause issues.

  • fareloz

    March 22, 2023 at 5:21 am

    Regular soap?

    • BTT8

      March 23, 2023 at 6:59 am

      Regular soap hasn’t worked like it should but I do use it. I assume because of how hard our water is.

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