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How to make cleaning products like the professionals? It’s a mega profit industry – but if you want to do it properly, you’ll forget all about using soap flakes in the ingredients.
I cringe whenever I see yet another recipe demonstrating how to make detergent by grating up bars of soap, or buying a packet of soap flakes, adding a dash of borax, vinegar, and an assortment of other kitchen or supermarket ingredients, and adding hot water.
Read on to see why making detergent with soap flakes is not only unprofitable, but can be damaging to clothing and washing machines.
These homemade laundry detergent recipes might be ok if you’re trying to save a few dollars – but they are not doing your clothing or your washing machine any favors.
And you certainly can’t start a business making your own cleaning products by using these kinds of detergent formulas.
What’s the difference between detergent ingredients and soap flakes?
The difference between detergent ingredients and soap is an important distinction.
Soap is commonly produced when a sodium or potassium base neutralizes a fatty acid. Up until the 1940s, soap was the main cleansing agent for most types of cleaning.
The introduction of synthetic surfactants (“surface active agents”), which offer superior cleaning and rinsing characteristics, has greatly reduced the use of soap to make detergent.
Soap and detergent formulas differ markedly in many aspects – ingredients, chemical structure, properties and characteristics.
Detergents and cleaning product formulas have been engineered to achieve specific results. That’s one of the reasons you find so many different cleaning products and detergents on the supermarket shelves – simply because there are so many different types of dirt, which require different solutions for effective cleaning. The addition of certain specific ingredients can make a big difference in the results and efficiency of a product.
When cleaning stains from clothing, you will often use different staining removing agents depending on the type of dirt – oil-based stains and water-based stains usually require alternative solvents.
The same, of course, applies to cosmetics and toiletries – there are so many different types of hair and scalp conditions, and the addition of key ingredients in a shampoo or conditioner can provide a specific solution to a specific condition.
There’s no such beast as a “one type suits all” shampoo – and the same goes for detergents and cleaning products.
But the most important distinction in discovering how to make detergent (whether you want to make it in powder or liquid form) is the behavior of soap in water.
In hard water (which is common in most countries), soap (which is manufactured primarily from different fats and lye) forms a scum. This insoluble film of scum can turn laundry a shade of grey, and is almost impossible to dissolve and rinse away. This is why many shower recesses have a layer of greyish soap scum, which can be particularly difficult to dissolve. It’s also the reason for manufacturing heavy duty bathroom cleaning products!
Even in soft water, soap will still lead to a gradual build up of magnesium and calcium ions (known as “curd”), which will be deposited onto the fibers in clothing. Depending on the fibers, this can contribute to the dulling and breakdown of materials in clothing – when surely you expect the opposite!
The advantage of making detergent formulations without soap, is that professionally engineered detergents are formulated to counteract the minerals in water, and rinse away without depositing soil back onto fibers (or other surfaces).
Another disadvantage of using soap in detergent formulas is that soaps are sensitive to acidity. In acidic conditions, soaps become insoluble in water – again leading to the formation of scum.
And, of course, soap scum is not good news for washing machines. It can easily deposit itself into the inner workings of the washing machine, forming layer upon layer of scum, building up and eventually damaging the mechanics. You may have noticed that some major electrical manufacturers have even started producing their own range of laundry detergent, to help prolong the life of their washing machines. As any washing machine mechanic will tell you, there’s nothing like an accumulation of soap scum to stop a washing machine from working properly.
Soap flakes are also an over-priced and inefficient means to make detergent – they are never used by professional manufacturers.
If making detergents and cleaning products with ingredients such as soap flakes, Castile soap, borax or similar ingredients, was effective, efficient and profitable, you could bet your last dollar that detergent manufacturing companies would be using these compounds.
With the AustraLab formulations, you can discover the trade secrets of how to make detergent from raw ingredients, just like the major global manufacturers – and enjoy profits of up to 1000% – without a soap flake in sight.
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