In recent years, the expectation that dish detergents clean effectively and remove smells was just the surface of expectations. The inclusion of safety for skin and the environment come into play as higher demands were placed on the brands consumers purchase from. Today, consumers still report issues with dishwashing, and we are at a prime time to address many of their concerns.
Around the world people still hold safety as a highest regard, but they also possess remarkable levels of skepticism. A primary interest is the safety of ingredients on product labels.
The combination of these concerns create a reliance on brands to:
Be transparent about the composition of its products
Incorporate anti-bacterial properties
Communicate clearly the convenience and efficacy of a product
Save them money, bring greater value
Focus on environmentally conscience efforts
These expectations put on brands and formulators creates opportunity for innovation, and a necessity to focus on how efficacy translates to greater value. The continued demand for antibacterial properties is an easy addition to any manual dish formulation, but as we look to increase performance and safety, we can look to a few influences.
1. Clean Labels is moving into Household Products 🧼✨🏷➔🍽
Clean labels started in the food industry, through the beauty industry and is taking hold of the household industry now too. There is no clear definition of “Clean”, but many consumers equate this to transparency and safety of ingredients and formulations to themselves and the environment. Labels that are understandable or explain ingredient sourcing are desired. Highlighting plant based ingredients has been trending in dish, soaring from under 10% of launches five years ago, to almost 30% in the last 12 months since April 2022. We also see claims like toxin-free, No additives/preservatives, Botanical/herbal, Fragrance-free, and Paraben-free.
2. Show Your Results on the Test 📊📝🙌
Over the last 5 years there has been an increase in product testing to further reassure consumers the product is safe and gentle on the skin. Claims such as Hypoallergenic, For sensitive skin, and Dermatologically tested have seen a rise. But going further by showing performance testing alongside safety testing ensures the safety is not compromised for the efficiency.
3. D.I.Y didn’t I think of this before?! 🚿🍽️🎛🥕🍅🧺
Through formulating for better performance, promote ingredient superiority and lean into the alphabets of household cleaning (DIY APC’s) by formulating for more than the kitchen sink. The immense popularity of the spray foams for just about every application from dish, to bathroom leaves much to be desired for and with the right ingredient combination, a multifunctional dish detergent that is mild enough for food and skin can bring much value-add to budget constraint, eco-conscience consumers. Consider a dish detergent that works anywhere food soils are found such as kitchen surfaces, food itself and laundry. One product, many benefits, less waste, no harm!
When looking for ingredients that are mild, effective, eco-friendly, and versatile in applicability, there is no match for alkylpolyglucosides (APG). APGs are a synthetic, non-ionic surfactant made from renewable resources. The hydrophobe in APGs comes from palm kernel and/or coconut oil, and the hydrophile comes from sugar.
An effective manual dishwashing formula will deliver superior emulsification on a variety of oils.
In three out of the four soil types tested, Glucopon resulted in the least oil separation, making it the superior emulsifier for that oil type, and hence the surfactant of choice.
Working hard does not mean without being gentle. Although Glucopon 600 UP is effective against soil removal, it is gentle on both hard and soft surface, and it is not irritating to the skin. As you can see here in the Epicutaneous Patch Test, APGs demonstrate the lowest irritation potential.
Couple the Glucopon® 600 UPwith Dehyton® PK-45, an aqueous surfactant from coconut oil. As a secondary surfactant, it helps to build viscosity, as well as provides good foaming and foam stabilization with excellent wetting properties. Several beneficial synergies are created by combining the two. The APGs and Cocamidopropyl Betaine synergy helps mitigate skin irritation even more than APGs alone.
Synergies for Superiority
The quality and stability of the foam is an important factor in the perception of a manual dishwashing detergent. The one-to-one combination of APGs and Cocamidopropyl Betaine results in the best foaming performance. And When combined with Kopacol n 70 NA, Glucopon® 600 UP produces a richer, wetter and more stable foam than the combination of SLES and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Go for the triple threat in your formula, highlighted just below.
To further test the synergy of Glucopon® 600 UP with Dehyton® PK-45, BASF looked at a new way to measure performance coming out of the plate test, by counting the number of plates that could be washed before the soil started redepositing on the dish. According to that measurement, the best result was achieved using nearly all APGs where we saw 16-18 clean plates before any redeposition of soil was observed. Without APGs, redeposition occurred after only the third plate was washed.
Even with 20% less active surfactant, the two BASF formulations performed as well as the benchmark tested against.
The BASF Formulas performed better with mixed soils as well, even with less active surfactant as compared to the benchmark.
Looking at the redeposition of soil tells an even more powerful story. With the benchmark, soil redeposition started to occur by the fifth plate, and was significant by the twentieth plate. With the BASF formulas, there is very little redeposition, even after plate 20.