The addition of soda ash prevents hard water from bonding with detergent, allowing for a more even distribution of the cleaning agent during the washing cycle. Soda ash is also very effective in removing alcohol and grease stains from clothing.
Typically, medium dense or lighter grades of ANSAC natural soda ash are used in detergents. The products function as a builder in the formulations of detergents and other cleaning compounds, preparing wash water so it achieves the optimal level of soil removal. Soda ash also adds benefits as such by aiding agglomeration, being a carrier for surfactants and as an alkali source for pH adjustment.
A large number of formulated domestic products, scouring powders, soaking and washing powders have a varying content of soda ash. More and more, quality ANSAC soda ash is being used in the production of high performance compact powders for both laundry and dish washing. These higher performing and environmentally-friendly products offer greater value to the consumer.