Detergent, cleaning liquid

last updated : 2019/03/18
Code Description Budget Price Ship. weight Ship. vol.
DETERGENT/DISINFECTANT, household, powder, 1kg on request 0kg 0 Add
DETERGENT, household, general cleaning, liquid, bottle 1L CH 6.70 0kg 0 Add
DETERGENT, household, multipurpose, liquid, 5L CH 9.30 0kg 0 Add
DETERGENT, household, multipurpose, liquid, 20L CH 26.30 0kg 0 Add
DETERGENT, household, general cleaning, concentrate for 1L on request 0kg 0 Add
SOFT SOAP, for general cleaning, tin, 1kg on request 0kg 0 Add

General information

General purpose household liquid cleaner, for household use.

In addition to the specification, other items may be considered (with effects on cost). To be defined by the requester according to local regulation for positive and negative lists of ingredients, and to local cultural habits. These are:

  • Perfume: usually a rather expensive ingredient. Watch for local taste and acceptance. Cheap perfumes may have the potential to become skin sensitizers that can initiate allergies. Perfumes are used to mask the chemical base odour of the product while giving a pleasant smell. Common washing liquid may contain up to approximately up to 1%.
  • Colourants: are rather expensive ingredients. Should be selected according to local tastes and beliefs. They have to be water soluble dyes.
  • Additives: some additives are added for marketing purpose and have little or no functional effect. They may be important for the image of quality and efficacy perceived by the user ("do good" ingredients). Other additives are there to improve product stability (viscosity, liquid clarity etc.)
  • Preservatives: Watch micro-bacteriological quality specifications. Requires specialist input in formulating and testing. As a result of the high water content of the product it is necessary to include a preservative system in the formulation to protect it against contamination (and subsequent degradation) by microorganisms.

Information on the main specification items:

  • Anionic surfactant is the main washing ingredient. Its origin and specification should be available for scrutiny by a specialist. Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate, SLES (Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate) are commonly used. Other anionic surfactants are also used, in particular ALS (Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate) and/or ALES (Ammonium Lauryl Ether Sulfate), etc. Common washing liquid may contain up to approximately 10% to 15%.
  • Nonionic surfactant is also a washing agent (co-surfactant). It works on the elimination of fat and grease dirt that cannot be dissolved by the anionic surfactant.
  • Amphoteric surfactants are often used as substitute for nonionic surfactants in personal care and household cleaning products that are in regular contact with skin or hair (such as shampoos, dishwash liquids and household liquid cleaners) because they are milder to skin and hair than the other classes of surfactants (anionic, cationic and nonionic). Amphoteric surfactants have the characteristics of both anionic and cationic surfactants and are compatible with both types. They behave according to the type of surfactant present in the higher concentration (main surfactant). Two classes of ingredients are particularly in use: betaines and aminoxydes. Amphoteric surfactants are also known as "Zwitterionics". They behave like anionics in high pH solutions (alcanine pH> 7), like cationics in low pH solutions (acidic pH< 7) and like nonionics in nonionic solutions.
  • Sodium chloride is a cheap viscosity builder. Its concentration is usually adjusted at the production stage. The formulation percentage can only be indicative. Other viscosity builders are used (gelling agents, fatty alcohols, minerals such as Magnesium sulfate etc.)

The complete list of ingredients should be specified by the supplier with characteristics, as well as the raw materials specification, the materials and production process traceability, and the quality assurance process.

Potential suppliers should be requested to provide their own products formulations and specifications including packaging. This should help evaluate their capability, the quality level of their products, and the professionalism of their operations.

Some specifications may vary to meet national regulations and local market conditions. For locally sourced items it should be a prerequisite to check the relevant national regulations or specifications. Any important variation from the EIC standard needs to be approved by a specialist.


General purpose household liquid cleaner, for household use. The product must be safe under normal conditions of use.


Product Ingredients


Anionic surfactant, Sodium alkylbenzene sulphonate and/or Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate (as 100%) or equivalent are commonly used


Non-ionic or amphoteric co-surfactant counted together with soap and perfume (as 100%)


Sodium chloride (salt) or equivalent to achieve the required viscosity

as required

Soap (foam reducer if necessary) counted together with co-surfactant and perfume

up to 5%


up to 1.0 %

Preservative system

According to local regulation

Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) or equivalent for abrasive variant only

As requested in contract

Bleach if necessary for bactericidal variant only

As requested in contract


According to local regulation

Demineralized treated water, bacteriologically clean

By difference

to 100 %

Product parameters



  • Appearance
  • Colour
  • Odour

To match agreed standard sample, as provided as part of the contract, and pre-defined with customer.


  • Viscosity
  • pH
  • Density
  • Water content

Values with measuring units, conditions and method of analysis to be obtained from supplier as part of the contract.


Analytical methods should be defined and agreed in contract.

Bacteria, Fungi/moulds, Yeasts:

No pathogens and less than 20 colony-forming units (CFU) per ml.





Primary pack

Unbreakable PP or PEHD or PET container of 500ml or 250ml as mentioned in contract, with tamper-proof watertight safety cap.

Marking on primary pack

Clear and durable marking with: product name, manufactured by: name and address, country of origin, list of ingredients, net volume, production date and batch number.

Secondary pack

Export cardboard box 5 plies, with 24 x 500ml or 48 x 250ml. Closed with long lasting tape or glued flaps. Box size to be tightly adjusted to content. Marking as specified in contract.

Transport packing

Pallets of n boxes, with shrink-wrapped plastic film. Pallet type and size as mentioned in contract. Supplier to indicate the pallet pattern and number of boxes per pallet as part of the contract.


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