chapter  2
20 Pages


WithStig E. Friberg, Irena Blute

I. INTRODUCTION Hydrotropes are an essential ingredient of cleaning and laundry products, serving to reduce excessive thickening of the former and to improve the dirt-removing action of the latter.

This chapter provides a short review of the early development in the knowledge of the function of these compounds. This is followed by a discussion of the fundamentals of their action and a section devoted to phenomena specific to their action in cleaners and detergents.