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Improvement of the safety in use of fabric softeners by application of natural additives




Key words: 

fabric softeners, natural additives, dryness of the skin, colour of product, safety


Currently, on the market of household chemistry products there is a growing interest of producers in counteracting the negative effects of synthetic raw materials on living organisms and the natural environment. Despite the lack of law regulations concerning household chemistry products, which are found in cosmetics industry, manufacturers, in order to meet the consumer expectations and for marketing reasons, begin to use natural raw materials into formulations. The increase in the safety of household chemistry products is particularly important in the case of products that come into direct contact with the skin, e.g. in the process of hand washing and rinsing of sensitive fabrics (wool, cashmere). The paper attempts to develop safe fabric softeners by using natural raw materials (plant extracts). It was assumed that these raw materials would have a positive effect on the condition of the skin after the rinsing process, but they can also act as natural dyes. Preparations containing extracts from sage leaves, nettle, marigold flower and hop cones were studied. The reference preparation was fabric softener without plant material. On the basis of the obtained results it was found that the introduction of plant extracts to the formulation minimized the drying effect on the skin. The degree of skin hydration increased and transepidermal water loss decreased after the process of rinsing in aqueous solutions of fabric softeners. In addition, significant differences in the colour of the products were shown depending on the extract used in comparison to the reference fabric softener.

dr inż. Marta OGORZAŁEK

dr inż. Emilia KLIMASZEWSKA

dr hab. inż. Tomasz WASILEWSKI, prof. UTH Rad.

University of Technology and Humanities in Radom Faculty of Materials Science, Technology and Design Department of Chemistry 26-600 Radom, Chrobrego 27, Poland e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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