What is Soybean Oil?

Soybean oil is oil extracted from soybeans.  This form of soybean oil is RBD, or refined, bleached, and deodorized soybean oil.  Within the refining stage, the soybean oil is cleaned to remove remaining impurities and goes through degumming to remove lecithin.  The soybean oil then goes through a bleaching process to remove any pigments and residues left behind from the refining process. The final step in the process is deodorizing the oil which is where volatile components are removed by steam distillation.

Various Applications of Soybean Oil

Soybean Oil has a wide range of applications that vary from industrial uses to consumer applications.  A few things soybean oil is used in are:

  • Glues
  • Plywood Adhesives
  • Laminating
  • Resins, and
  • Insecticides

Another category of products that soybean oil is in are coated papers, oilcloths, coated fabrics, paper sizings, and leather dressings.  Soybean oil may also be used within the production of paints, varnishes, ink, and soaps due to it having little to no pigmentation and being able to absorb pigments added to the oil to reveal a brighter color.  To find out more about the benefits of soy ink versus petroleum-based inks, visit our blog post Soy Ink vs Petroleum-Based Ink.  Some other applications for RBD soybean oil is as animal feedstock and used within firefighting lag foams.

Along with the several uses soybean oil offers, its derivative, methyl soyate, also has an extensive list of applications as an ideal alternative to harsh chemicals.  For more information regarding methyl soyate, visit our blog Methyl Soyate as an Alternative Solution.

To find out more about our RBD Soybean Oil, email us at info@ecolink.com, or call us at (800)563-1305.