Industrial Minerals in detergents

Detergents, and in particular the powder ones used for laundry and dishwashers, include a "bleaching system". Two systems are currently in use: perborate and percarbonate. Both rely on IM, borates or calcium carbonate respectively, which are chemically processed up to the required properties. Detergents are a major consumer of silica, which makes a whole family of detergents based on sodium silicate. Other IM, like bentonite or sepiolite are also used in detergent applications, for their adsorption properties.