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What are detergents?
A detergent (plural: detergents) is a substance contained in cleaning agents and detergents that helps remove dirt. The term detergent is often used synonymously with “surfactant” or simply equated with the term “cleaning agent.”
According to Regulation (EC) No. 648/2004 of the European Parliament, “detergent” means a substance containing soaps and/or other surfactants intended for cleaning and washing processes. These substances can have different aggregate states (liquid, powder, paste, bar, tablet, shaped pieces, figures, etc.).
How do detergents work?
Detergents reduce the interfacial tensions between the surface to be cleaned and the dirt due to the solvent, which in most cases is water. They also act as emulsifiers. These are excipients used to mix and stabilize two naturally immiscible liquids together to form an emulsion.
Overview of the functions of detergents and surfactants
What are some examples of the use of detergents?
Detergents in cosmetics
The use of detergents or surfactants is fundamentally sensitive, since they come into contact with the skin either directly as detergents or through contact with textiles. It is therefore all the more important that detergents used in cosmetics and drugstore products in particular are optimally protected against contamination during production. This is precisely where the legal regulations for contract processing come into play, and Ebbecke Verfahrenstechnik follows them very closely and carefully.
Regulations for contract processing
Ensuring sterile production conditions plays an important role in the field of detergent manufacturing. Allergic reactions, inflammations and illnesses that can be caused in consumers by contaminated products must be avoided at all costs. At Ebbecke Verfahrenstechnik’s production facilities in Bruchköbel, Schöneck and Burbach, there is therefore a strong focus on process safety and sterility in the processing of detergents in order to be able to reliably offer customers high-quality products. We have been an experienced partner to the cosmetics industry for many years and, as part of our strict quality management system geared to the needs of our customers, we have established various mechanisms for analyzing and controlling processes and products. This enables us to continuously ensure that the highest customer requirements and quality levels are met.
Would you like to learn more about sterile production at Ebbecke Verfahrenstechnik? Just contact us, we will be happy to take the time for a detailed consultation.
Detergents are often used in cleaning agents