Soap and detergents
The UK’s soap and detergent sector, and their supporting services, utilise a vast amount of chemicals every day. It’s a dynamic industry filled with product innovation, a trend which is only expected to continue.
The chemicals we supply for use in this sector include:
The primary applications of caustic potash liquor include the manufacture of biodiesel and soft soaps, as an electrolyte and for surface disinfection. Potassium hydroxide holds various industrial and niche uses such as detergent and cleaning products, pharmaceutical applications, food and cosmetic uses.
The solution of sodium hydroxide, caustic soda is used in the manufacture of soaps, dyes, paper, petrol products and polymers. Widely used in the majority of commercial oven and drain cleaners, it can also be used to clean process pipes, tanks, equipment, tanks and containers as it acts as a strong degreaser, descaler and pH adjuster.
Other applications including within the electroplating industry, as a laboratory reagent, to clean and process metal and as an effluent treatment.
The solid form of caustic soda is used widely in the paper and pulp industry. Also used in aluminium production, fuel production and refining, paints and surface treatments, as well as within solvents, dyes and adhesives.
Used as an oxidiser, bleaching agent and antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide has many industrial applications as well as within many cleaning products. Commonly used within the paper and pulp industry, it is also utilised by food producers as a flour bleaching agent, as a propellant in the aeronautical industry, and the cosmetic industry.
Also known as aqua fortis, nitric acid is commonly used in electrochemistry and fertiliser production. With uses ranging from the manufacture of pyrotechnics and dyes, it can also be utilised in steel etching, photoengraving and within cleaning products.
With a variety of general applications, sodium bisulphate (also known as dry acid) is used as a sulfonation agent in CTMP production by the pulp and paper industry as well as to remove residual bleaching chemicals. Similar to sulphur dioxide, it can be used as a reducing agent and can be used as a food additive. It can act as a technological additive, a preservative, an acidity regulator and as a cleaner.
A versatile chemical primarily used as a bleaching or disinfecting agent, sodium hypochlorite is used in the manufacture of paper and pulp, non-pesticidal agricultural chemicals, plasticisers and corrosion inhibitors, as well as commercial bleaches and laundry aids.
With uses across the brewing, dairy and food industry, sodium hydroxide solution is utilised as a strong principal chemical base as a drain cleaner and in the manufacture of drinking water, soaps and detergents, textiles, pulp and paper. The granules and flakes are easily dissolvable in water with heat release and are also soluble in methyl and ethyl alcohols.
Sulphuric acid, also known as sulfuric acid, has many uses and is a key substance in the chemical industry. With a wide range of applications, including various cleaning agents, household drain cleaners, and electrolyte in lead-acid batteries. Within the chemical industry the principle uses include chemical synthesis, mineral processing, the manufacture of fertilizer, oil refining and wastewater processing.