Common Types of Surfactants

What are some of the most common types of surfactants? There are four main groups of surfactants which are, anionic, cationic, nonionic, and zwitterionic. One of the most common types of surfactants out of these four main groups are anionic surfactants. These surfactants are used in a wide variety of consumer and industrial products. Anionic surfactants are known for their ability to disturb surface tension between water and oils to remove impurities. For this reason anionic surfactants are used in the production of many soaps and cleaning agents. Another common type of surfactant is nonionic. Nonionic surfactants are widely used in industrial production, as well as a wetting agent in products including coatings and even food products. If you are in need of surfactants for purposes such as these, Ecolink can help!

Common Types of Surfactant Uses:

  • Cleaning Agents – Surfactants are often used for their ability to foam and emulsify impurities, allowing them to be rinsed away by water. For this reason, surfactant will commonly be used to produce hand soaps, dishwashing detergent, shampoo, laundry detergents, and other cleaning products. 
  • Cosmetics – Surfactants are also commonly used in the production of cosmetics as wetting, foaming, and thickening agents. Some common cosmetics that use cosmetics are hair conditioners, facial cleansing products, and moisturizing creams.
  • Food Products – Some surfactants can be used in the production of food products including creams, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and various deserts to keep the products moist. 

Where Can You Find Common Types of Surfactants?

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