Surfactants for Household, Institutional & Industrial Cleaning

J R Hess & Company serves the HI&I industry with a full range of anionic, nonionic, cationic and amphoteric surfactants.

We offer these as raw materials from leading surfactant suppliers, as well as in customized surfactant blends and intermediate solutions to satisfy unique application requirements.

Solving Surfactant Challenges for HI&I Formulators

HI&I formulators face unique product development and marketing challenges.

Whether based on environmental, economic or performance issues, our focus has been on helping formulators overcome these challenges with surfactant chemistry for over 40 years.

We work with our HI&I formulating partners to find new or offset ingredients to remain cost-effective in a competitive marketplace; enhance product performance and functionality with customized surfactant packages; and meet new environmental, health and safety goals with surfactants that are pre-screened against stringent green formulating criteria.

Several Household, Institutional and Industrial Application Areas

The HI&I cleaning market includes a wide variety of product applications and uses.

We work with formulators who design and develop products for many of these applications, including:

Dishwasher and Laundry Formulations
Industrial Hard Surface Cleaning
Green and Naturally Derived Alternatives
Metal Cleaning
Paint Strippers
Concrete Cleaners
Hand Cleaners
Floor Cleaners and Strippers
General All-Purpose Surface cleaners
Car Wash Applications

Surfactant Performance & Functionality

Our surfactants serve many functional roles in HI&I products, including:

Foaming Agents
Antistatic Agents
Grease Cutters
Viscosity Modifiers
Wetting Agents
Coupling Agents
Corrosion Inhibitors
Lubrication Additives

Types of Surfactants Used in HI&I Cleaning Applications

Acid Additives & Acid Inhibitors


  • Lauramide DEA
  • Cocamide DEA
  • Oleamide DEA
  • Lauramide MEA

Alkoxylated Alcohols

  • Linear Alcohol Ethoxylates
  • Tallow Amine Ethoxylates
  • Octyl Phenol Ethoxylates
  • Nonylphenol Ethoxylates

Alkylbenzene Sulfonates

  • Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate, Linear

Alkylbenzene Sulfonic Acids

  • Alkylbenzene Sulfonic Acid, Linear

Alpha Sulfo Methyl Esters

Alkyl Ether Sulfates

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfates

Alkyl Sulfates

  • Sodium Decyl Sulfate
  • Sodium Nonyphenol Ethoxylate
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Alpha Olefin Sulfonates


  • Ether Amines
  • Ether Diamines
  • Ethoxylated Amines
  • Quaternary Amines
  • Amine Oxides



  • Cocamidopropyl Betain


  • Sodium Xylene Sulfonate

Methyl Esters

Quaternary Compounds


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