Laundry liquid

last updated : 2019/03/18
Code Description Budget Price Ship. weight Ship. vol.
WASHING LIQUID, for laundry,1L on request 0kg 0 Add
WASHING LIQUID, for laundry, 3 on request 0kg 0 Add

General information

General purpose laundry liquid for hand and machine laundry. See also washing powder.

Information on the washing liquid components:

  • 1- Anionic surface active agent (surfactant) is the main washing ingredient. It normally works on non-fatty dirt. Common washing liquid may contain up to approximately 10% to 15%.
  • 2- Non-ionic surface active agent (surfactant) is a co-washing agent. It works on the elimination of fat and grease dirt that cannot be dissolved by the anionic surfactant. Common washing liquid may contain up to approximately 5%.
  • 3- Builder and water softener. Builder is a component whose role is to maximize the efficacy of the surface active agents. It works by neutralizing the negative effect that mainly calcium and magnesium salts naturally occurring in water can have on surfactants. Zeolites are not used in liquid detergents because of lack of solubility. Phosphonates or sodium citrate or other chelating agents such as sodium EDTA are used as substitutes.
  • 4.1, 4.2- Co-builders bring other important functionalities to the formulation. For example Sodium carbonate is a source of alcalinity to the formulation when dissolved in water as a result of its chemical characteristics. Similarly the alkali (sodium silicate for example), thanks to its high pH, will attack the fatty soil and chemically transform it so that it can be solubilized by the non-ionic surfactant. It helps maintaining an alcaline pH in water.
  • 5- Foam regulator limits the formation of important quantities of foam during washing that will otherwise result from the mechanical effects of hand or machine wash which incorporate big quantities of air in the water. It is present in commercial products.
  • 6- Anti-redeposition is necessary to avoid that during the wash process some of the dirt (organic soil and mineral soil) that is not readily soluble in water deposits back on fabrics.
  • 7- Active oxygen bleach allows particularly in a cold wash process to obtain a bleaching effect on white fabrics without affecting colored fabrics. Sodium perborate which was widely used in the past only works at temperatures above 60° C and  has a negative (discoloring) effect on colored fabrics.
  • 8- Optical brighteners (also called fluorescers or optical azurants) by depositing on fabrics enhance the light reflected on fabrics to make them appear brighter and whiter.  Can be present in commercial products.
  • 9- Enzymes: Effective in the elimination of food stains and body secretion stains. It is one of the expensive components of washing products. May be allergenic to sensitive persons.
  • 10- Perfume will help alleviate the chemical base odor of the product and will give a nice smell to fabrics. May be allergenic to sensitive persons.
  • 11- Preservative: it is absolutely necessary to include a preservative system in the formulation to protect the product against contamination (and subsequent degradation) by microorganisms.
  • 12- Water is present in the liquid detergent from two sources, mainly as a formulation component and also as a residual component in some of the formulation raw materials.
  • Sodium tripolyphosphate. Not in the Formulation. Water softener and pH buffer. To be avoided. Not authorized by EU and North American regulations. Check with local regulations.


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 standards and local market conditions. For locally sourced items, it is 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 laundry liquid for hand and machine laundry.

The product must be safe under normal conditions of use.


Product Ingredients


1- Anionic surfactant: Sodium (Na) alkylbenzene sulphonate, Sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) or other anionic, together as 100 % active ingredient.


2- Non-ionic surfactant: Ethoxylated fatty alcohol or equivalent (as 100 % active ingredient)

up to 5 % counted with phosphonates and soap

3- Builder : Phosphonates or sodium citrate or sodium EDTA etc.

up to 5 % counted with nonionic and soap

4.1- Co-builders: sodium carbonate or sodium silicate etc.

As requested in contract

4.2- Hydrotrope (to improve the solubilization of surfactants (alcohol or glycols etc.)

As requested in contract

5- Foam regulator: Soap

up to 5 % counted with nonionic and phosphonates

6- Anti redeposition agents for organic soil: Carboxymethyl Cellulose or PEG or PVA or PVP

As requested in contract

7- Active oxygen bleach

As requested in contract

8- Fluorescer, Optical azurant, Optical brightener:

As requested in contract

9- Enzymes

approx. 1%

10- Perfume

approx. 1%

11- Preservative system

As requested in contract

12- Water

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 PEBD or PEHD or PET container of 1000ml to 3000ml as mentioned in contract, with watertight dosing cap and sealing liner.

Marking on primary pack

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

Secondary pack

Export cardboard box 5 plies, with 16 x 1500ml or 8 x 3000ml. Closed with long lasting tape or glued flaps. Box size to be tightly adjusted to content. Marking as per 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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