How to choose cationics for fabric softeners

  • Jeannene A. Ackerman
Technical News Feature


The choice of a cationic fabric softener for rinse, wash and dryer cycle applications is based upon an understanding of the physical and performance differences of the softeners. These differences are primarily governed by composition of fatty alkyl groups rather than differences in chemical types. In general, the more saturated alkyl fatty groups make softeners more difficult to handle and disperse but are the best for softening fabric. Unsaturation improves handling, rewet, and ease of formulation.


Nonionic Surfactant Total Solid Fabric Softener Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate Oleyl 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeannene A. Ackerman
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  1. 1.Sherex Chemical CompanyDublin

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