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The Functional Role of HPMC in Neutral Cleaners - Personal Care

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HydroxypropylMethylcellulose (HPMC) are polymers that are used in many personal care products. They are primarily used as polymeric surfactants, thickeners in liquid formulations, and as binders in solid and semi-solid products In many cases, a cellulose product can replace two, three, or more ingredients, even though it is added in extremely low concentrations. Beyond offering thickening, binding and surface active properties, cellulose products act as film formers, suspension aids, lubricants, lather enhancers/stabilizers, emulsion stabilizers, gelling agents, and dispersants. It is the unique combination of properties that sets cellulose ethers apart from other water soluble polymers. The result is an ability to improve personal care product formulations. It also allows the creation of entirely new hair care, skin care, bath and cosmetic products because product performance can often be achieved with fewer ingredients, greater control, and greater economy. Here are a few more of the many valuable functionalities of these products 

Cleaning agents normally are water solutions which may be acidic, alkaline or neutral depending on use. 

Viscous formulas or gel cleaners are particularly useful for cleaning vertical surfaces. Gel cleaners also tend to be chosen for applications where the agent will be left to work for an extended period of time. For neutral cleaners (pH 6-8), Celopre® is ideal for thickening and adjusting the rheology. With Celopre®, manufacturers can achieve the desired look and a specific processing consistency for their cleaning agent. 

Medium viscosity Celopre® grades are very well suited to thicken cleaners as they are largely clearly soluble, have a good level of compatibility with ionic surfactants and can easily be incorporated into the cleaner, due to their delayed solubility. Good storage stability will also be achieved.

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