ecoClean™ formula’s surfactants consist of long-chain molecules. One end likes water (hydrophilic), the other end dislikes water (hydrophobic). The molecules, called micelles, provide superlative cleaning without the use of harsh toxins. Once applied to a surface, the colloidal micelles penetrate small openings in the dirt, and separate it from the substrate, after which it can be easily removed. One formula can be used for virtually all cleaning jobs.
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Our formula’s surfactants consist of long-chain molecules. One end likes water, and is called hydrophilic, the other end likes oil and dislikes water, and is called hydrophobic. When these surfactants are placed in water, the hydrophobic ends attract each other, and repel water, and arrange themselves into a spherical structure with the hydrophobic ends inside the sphere at its nucleus, and the hydrophilic ends on the outer surface of the sphere. This sphere is called a micelle.
The hydrophobic ends begin to orient themselves on the surface of the soil lifting it from the cleaning surface to become part of a micelle, thus cleaning the surface. When combined with water, micelles break water’s surface tension resulting in super wet water. That same action allows the micelles to penetrate organic soils and to hold them in liquid suspension. In effect, the micelle cleaning action is unique and can only be related to the effect of an atomic explosion where random interaction of the particles loosens the soil. Micelles enable us to clean soils without damaging the cleaning surface.