Common Liquid Soap Chemicals And Their Functions

Today, I will be teaching you common liquid soap chemicals and their functions. So, if this is something that interest you, make sure you read to the end of this post. As there are so many things that differentiate the boys from the men when it comes household products productions. Some of which are listed bellow:

  1. Quality
  2. Packaging
  3. Chemical Source

Oh! Are you wondering why I do not include pricing? Yes! if your products are well packaged and of good quality; people are ready to pay any amount for it. That is simply the truth; take it or leave it!

Let me be honest with you; the knowledge of these liquid soap chemicals and their functions will greatly help your production business, and increase your profit level.

Liquid Soap Chemicals And Their Functions

You see, in Nigeria of today; one of the most common product is the liquid soap. Unfortunately, it is also the most abused! So many people claim to be an expert in producing liquid soap, but their products have no place in the market world!

Today, I am going to be telling about 8 awesome liquid soap chemicals and their functions in producing top notch liquid soap and their uses. However, it is important to know that some chemicals have more function than the other.

Quickly, before I tell you about the liquid soap chemicals and their functions. It is pertinent to know, that these chemicals are common among these types of liquid soaps: Dishwashing liquid soap (Like Morning FRESH), Car wash liquid soap, Laundry liquid soap, General purpose liquid soap, and Bathing liquid soap. Note: There combination differs!!!

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Liquid Soap Chemicals And Their Functions

  1. Caustic Soda – Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) [is a cleaning and thickening agent]: It is a white, strong alkaline, corrosive solid or powder. Sodium Hydroxide is more commonly known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to change fats into soap in a process called saponification. Another chemical that can be used in place of this is Potassium Hydroxide (KOH), but it’s expensive than NaOH.
  2. Sodium Tripolyphosphate(STPP) [is a cleaning and thickening agent]: It is also known as pentasodium triphosphate, pentasodium tripolyphosphate or sodium triphosphate, is used in a wide range of applications in the manufacture of cleaning products. STPP is a sodium salt of the triphosphoric acid that has the appearance of white crystal powder. It is odorless and is water soluble.

liquid soap chemicals and their uses

  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Powder (SLS) [is a foaming agent] – It is a highly active anionic surfactant finding applications in dentifrices, hand cleaners, bubble baths, liquid hand soaps and shampoo formulations.
  2. Natorosol [Cleaning and Thickness Agent]: It is a binding and cleaning agent; it also serves as a thickener.
  3. Texapon [is a foaming booster agent]
  4. Soda Ash [Cleaning Agent]: It enhances the washing performance of the soap; it’s also the main thickening agent
  5. Sulphonic Acid [is a foaming and cleaning agent]: It is an organic acid, which neutralizes the basic effect of Caustic Soda – Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH).
  6. Glycerin [is a moisturizer]: usually helps your skin to stay soft and supple; it’s also a natural addition to the soap making process.
  7. Laurel Rice: A Foaming Agent.
  8. Industrial salt [it reduces soap elasticity]: it helps to reduce the strength of chemicals in this production.
  9. vitamin E [it’s a skin protector]: it shields the skin from damage through its protective properties, and also, it boosts the immune system.
  10. Perfume: It gives a nice smell
  11. Color: It gives color

That is not all: I also like to tell you about some chemicals that you can use together or in place of another. This is important because some chemicals are not available in some region for some reasons; so, when one chemical is not available, you can use the other in place.

Liquid Soap Chemicals Used In-Place Of Another (As A substitute) 

  • Natrosol/Antisol/Pacr or Entisol/CMC
  • Laurel Rice/Sulphonic Acid
  • Formalin/ Citric acid /Vitamin C/ Sodium Benzoate/ Benzoic Acid However, a little application of formalin to your soap formulation should not make your soap

Making liquid soap is one thing, while making a quality liquid soap is another thing.

44 thoughts on “Common Liquid Soap Chemicals And Their Functions”

  1. Three things. It could be the production method, or the chemical composition used or inadequate preservatives. Thanks for visiting EarnBase.

  2. I am very happy to learn about liquid soap making and I am interested to learn more on this and on bar soap making.

    Thank you

  3. Thanks so much.
    Please, when you want to buy this chemicals in the market, they sell them with number.
    Can u help us to upload their pictures together with their names for the sake of those who don’t know them by their names?

    • Two things…

      1. It could be the production method.
      2. It could also mean it’s not well preserved. That means, you will just need to add more preservative agent – formalin.

      I hope this helps.

      Thanks for visiting earnbase.

  4. Thanks for the information. Apart from giving the soap a transparent look, does Sodium Chloride have any other effect on liquid soap?

  5. Hello,
    Please can I use common salt and nitrosol in my liquid soap? Will be transparent?

    Also what quantity of vegetable oil and benzoate acid should be added to 10litres of soap?

  6. Good evening, please I made my liquid soap with antisol but to my surprise the liquid soap is so light so I decided to add common salt to it which but it is not thickening like that of nitrosol

    • Who told you common salt is a thickening agent? You should have added Texapon or Nitroso or Caustic Soda; depending on the condition.

  7. Appreciated your candids at teaching us to the world. Sir, I use texapon, SLS, Common salt, water for my transparent but it’s. Ot foaming that much. What would I do to foam much.

  8. Thanks alot. The only thing I really want my liquid soap to have is the clear bright transparent appearance. Can u help me with that?

  9. As many of the chemicals do same function do we combine them or just choose one? He.. Stpp,natrosol and caustic soda are cleaning and thickening agents do we add all or select one. Most recipes request u use all. Like sls ND texapon foaming agents do we use both or we can use one

    • You can decide to use one, but if you must; it must be in large quantity to cover for the rest. I hope you understand?


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