Imagine taking your household detergent to clean your house and suddenly mould spores are floating on the surface of the cleaner. Not only a nightmare for the end user, but also for the producers. 

When it comes to ensuring and protecting the quality and safety of our everyday household products, preservatives play a crucial role for formulations. The right preservation solution protects   the end users from potential health issues resulting from using contaminated products and makes the products last longer.  

Preservatives protect the product & extend its shelf life 

Aqueous formulations, such as liquid soaps and detergents, are particularly vulnerable to microbial contamination due to their high water content. Preservation is crucial along the whole lifecycle of a product, from manufacturing and packaging to home use. At each step preservatives play an important role by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms, thereby helping to extend the shelf life of these products and ensure their quality and safety over time. 

Not only does this benefit the end user by reducing the risk of health issues, but it also helps to reduce waste. Without preservatives, many products would have a much shorter shelf life, leading to more frequent replacement and disposal. By extending the lifespan of these products, preservatives can help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and ultimately benefit the environment.  

Consumers are kept safe from harmful organisms 

An important benefit of preservatives is the protection they provide to the end user. Without these active ingredients, home care products could potentially become contaminated with harmful microorganisms, leading to health risks. 

By using state of the art preservatives, manufacturers can ensure that their products keep their properties longer and are effective for use, while also contributing to sustainability through waste reduction and the use of more eco-friendly ingredients. When looking for a customised preservation solution, relying on comprehensive microbiological expertise coupled with technical service and regulatory know-how for home care applications is pivotal for safe biocide use. 

Preservatives and sustainability go hand in hand 

Sustainability is playing an important role also for home care products. Our members work actively on finding tailored solutions for customers to preserve their products. Together, we can make a positive impact and strive to preserve the beauty of our planet for generations to come. Having this common goal, our members have been innovating and exploring more sustainable options for preservatives, from natural or renewable sources. This not only aligns with regulatory requirements but also with the growing demand for products that match consumer values to use technologies with better environmental properties.  

Microbial control solutions play an important role in promoting the safety and sustainability of household products. By preserving against microbial contamination, they help extend the shelf life of products and reduce waste, while also protecting consumers.