Which one is the active ingredient for this cleaner?

  • Thread starter kenny1999
  • Start date
In summary, the conversation discusses the ingredients of a "professional" cleaner, including water, propylene glycol, polysorbate 20, phenoxyethanol, tea tree leaf oil, and lavender oil. The active ingredient for cleaning is polysorbate 20, which is a non-ionic surfactant. The other ingredients, such as the tea tree and lavender oils, are for their medicinal and aromatic properties. The conversation also mentions the use of household bleach for disinfecting, with specific instructions given by the US FDA. The conversation ends with a recommendation for using a simple dish detergent and water solution for cleaning, and a caution against using stronger bleach solutions that can damage surfaces and clothing.
  • #1
kenny1999
235
4
I saw a label on a cleaner sold as "professional" cleaner, with the following ingredients:

Water, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyehanol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oi

May I know which one is the active ingredient for cleaning?
For anything else sold as a different brand or for a different market,
if I find the same active ingredient, will it work almost the same?
How important is the other ingredients otherwise than the active one?

Thanks
 
Biology news on Phys.org
  • #2
Please tell us what this mixture/product is supposed to be used for? Cleaning floors? Thanks.

I think you are asking which one of these is a non-ionic surfactant - like a detergent. Polysorbate 20 is your answer. Generally it is used in makeup to let oils dissolve in water.

The lavender oil and tea tree oil are supposed to have some medicinal value, tea tree oil is has some antimicrobial activity and commonly used to control nail fungus infections in humans. Lavender oil smells good, and, unlike tea tree oil, it sometimes is used in cooking -- In New Mexico US, for example.

Propylene Glycol and glycol esters help to dissolve oils and grease.

Phenoxyethanol is used as an anti-bacterial in cosmetics and stabilizer in perfumes.

Whatever it is supposed to be do not eat it, and, I think, in Europe there are restrictions on phenoxyethanol uses.

I'll bet @chemisttree or @Borek can add more substantive content if we know what this stuff is used for.
 
  • Like
  • Informative
Likes Laroxe, Astronuc, kenny1999 and 3 others
  • #3
Nothing more comes to mind. Oils are most likely there mostly to make the mixture smell nice.
 
  • Like
  • Informative
Likes Keith_McClary and atyy
  • #4
Oh - and the same ingredients will give the pretty close same results.

Buying only Polysorbate 20 will not save you money. I've never used it. But have used Tween80 which works somewhat like this stuff -- minus the odorizing oils. It is VERY expensive and it cleans glassware really well. Polysorbate 20 is usually not available for general retail. And it is expensive.

If you could tell us what you want to do, and not how you want to do it (buy or make cleaners), maybe we could help.

Looked up Polysorbate 20 - 4 US ounces for $USD 8.00. Most of the things I saw were food grade and even more expensive.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Likes atyy
  • #5
jim mcnamara said:
Oh - and the same ingredients will give the pretty close same results.

Buying only Polysorbate 20 will not save you money. I've never used it. But have used Tween80 which works somewhat like this stuff -- minus the odorizing oils. It is VERY expensive and it cleans glassware really well. Polysorbate 20 is usually not available for general retail. And it is expensive.

If you could tell us what you want to do, and not how you want to do it (buy or make cleaners), maybe we could help.

Looked up Polysorbate 20 - 4 US ounces for $USD 8.00. Most of the things I saw were food grade and even more expensive.

Hi. The cleaner I am interested in is advertised to clean and disinfect toy for children they are on the shelf of an expensive and grand shop so I think that
their products must have been overpriced very much so I am looking for alternatives elsewhere
 
  • #6
Some dish detergent in water will clean. For disinfecting - from the US FDA on using household bleach:
1/3 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water OR 2 tablespoons bleach per 1 quart water. This will give you a 1000+ ppm disinfecting solution. After cleaning the area with detergent, spray or wipe with surfaces with the disinfectant. Make sure to allow surfaces to fully air dry. Do not wipe dry.

Do not use stronger bleach solutions because they can damage finished surfaces and clothing.
 

1. What is an active ingredient in a cleaner?

An active ingredient in a cleaner is a chemical or substance that is responsible for the cleaning action. It is the main component that helps to remove dirt, stains, and other contaminants.

2. How do I know which ingredient is the active one in a cleaner?

The active ingredient in a cleaner is typically listed first on the product label and is usually the ingredient with the highest concentration. You can also look for words like "active", "cleaning agent", or "active ingredient" on the label.

3. Can I mix different cleaners with different active ingredients?

No, it is not recommended to mix cleaners with different active ingredients as they may react with each other and produce harmful fumes or chemicals. It is best to stick to one cleaner at a time.

4. Are all active ingredients safe for use in cleaners?

No, not all active ingredients are safe for use in cleaners. Some may be harmful to humans and the environment. It is important to read the product label and follow the instructions for safe and proper use.

5. Can I use a cleaner without an active ingredient?

Yes, some cleaners may not have a specific active ingredient but may still be effective in cleaning. These cleaners may rely on physical action, such as scrubbing, to remove dirt and stains. However, it is important to note that active ingredients can enhance the cleaning power of a product.

Similar threads

Replies
32
Views
6K
  • Special and General Relativity
Replies
12
Views
6K
  • Art, Music, History, and Linguistics
Replies
1
Views
1K
Replies
13
Views
2K
  • Special and General Relativity
Replies
6
Views
2K
  • STEM Career Guidance
2
Replies
37
Views
12K
Replies
2
Views
7K
Replies
133
Views
24K
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
Replies
1
Views
3K
  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
4
Views
2K
Back
Top