Nonionic detergent

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A surfactant that does not dissociate, or form ions, in solution. Nonionic surfactants are made by reacting sucrose with fatty acid ester of volatile alcohols. They degrade naturally to form nontoxic wastes. Nonionic surfactants are water soluble and, because they have a neutral charge, are unaffected by dissolved minerals. Nonionic surfactants are used as wetting agents, dyes assistants and softening agents.

Synonyms and Related Terms

non-ionic detergent

Resources and Citations

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