Many cleaning products are on the market with the majority being what are referred to as “detergents”. A detergent, as defined in the current European legislation, means “any substance or preparation containing soaps and/or other surfactants intended for washing and cleaning processes”. ‘Washing’ means cleaning of laundry fabrics, dishes and other hard surfaces and ‘cleaning’ has the meaning defined by Part 7.1 of EN ISO 846. Detergents may be in any physical form (e.g. powder, unit dose tablet, concentrated liquid, liquid capsule, paste, cake, bar, moulded piece, shape etc.) and marketed for or used in household, or institutional or industrial purposes. These may come in a range of variants to meet consumers’ needs on cleaning, skin care, fabric care and fragrances.

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