APGs:  Harnessing Nature's Power for Effective and Gentle Cleaning Performance

Alkylpolyglucosides (APGs) are a fascinating class of 100% biobased, nonionic surfactants that hold immense potential in various HI&I applications. They work by combining the power of nature with effective cleaning performance, like the eco-friendly superheroes of the cleaning world. APGs give you the tools to create products that not only clean well but also align with the growing demand for greener solutions.


APGs excel when formulated into:


  • Dish Wash
  • Household Cleaners: kitchen, bathroom, all-purpose cleaners
  • Industrial Cleaners
  • Laundry Detergents
  • Vehicle Cleaning Products

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APGs offer exceptional benefits:

  • Environmentally Friendly: derived from renewable resources and are biodegradable, making them a sustainable choice.
  • Mild and Gentle: mild on skin and surfaces, making them suitable for various cleaning applications.
  • Effective Cleaning: enable efficient cleaning and soil removal.
  • Low Residue: leave surfaces clean without streaks or buildup.
  • Foam Stability: create and maintain stable, long-lasting foam.
  • Compatibility with Other Surfactants: combine with other surfactants, chelating agents, enzymes, and fragrances without compromising the stability or performance of the final product

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  1. What are alkylpolyglucosides (APGs)?
    Alkylpolyglucosides, often referred to as APGs, are a class of non-ionic surfactants derived from renewable plant-based sources such as corn, coconut, or palm. They are known for their effective cleaning properties and gentle nature, making them suitable for a wide range of HI&I applications.

  2. How do APGs compare to traditional surfactants?
    APGs stand out due to their natural origin and mildness. They offer effective cleaning without compromising on environmental friendliness. Compared to traditional surfactants, APGs are biodegradable, have low toxicity, and are compatible with a variety of other ingredients.

  3. What are the benefits of using APGs in HI&I formulations?
    APGs bring a range of benefits to HI&I applications, including gentle cleaning, mildness on skin and surfaces, low residue formation, foam stabilization, and compatibility with various ingredients. They are also eco-friendly, contributing to sustainable formulations.

  4. Which HI&I products can benefit from APG incorporation?
    APGs can enhance various HI&I products, including all-purpose cleaners, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, glass cleaners, industrial degreasers, and more. Their versatility makes them suitable for both household and industrial settings.

  5. How do APGs contribute to sustainable cleaning solutions?
    APGs' natural origin and biodegradability align with sustainability goals. They are derived from renewable resources and break down into environmentally friendly components over time, reducing their impact on ecosystems.

  6. Are APGs safe for users and the environment?
    Yes, APGs are generally considered safe for users and the environment. They have low skin irritation potential and are biodegradable, minimizing their impact on aquatic life. Always follow recommended usage guidelines for safe handling.

  7. Can APGs be used in both acidic and alkaline formulations?
    Yes, APGs demonstrate good stability across a broad pH range, making them suitable for both acidic and alkaline formulations. This adaptability allows formulators to create products for various cleaning needs.

  8. How do APGs affect foam in cleaning products?
    APGs can stabilize and control foam in cleaning products. They help create stable, moderate foam that enhances cleaning efficiency while ensuring a satisfying user experience. The foam produced is generally balanced and suitable for various applications.

  9. Are there any regulatory approvals for APGs?
    Many APGs have received regulatory approvals and certifications, such as EcoLabel and USDA BioPreferred, validating their environmental and safety attributes. Check specific product documentation for details.

  10. Can APGs replace other surfactants in HI&I formulations? 
    APGs can be used as primary or co-surfactants in formulations, often complementing other surfactants. Depending on the application and desired performance, they can be used to replace or reduce the need for certain traditional surfactants. Including these FAQs on your website can provide visitors with a clear understanding of APGs' benefits, applications, and environmental considerations in the context of HI&I formulations.
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