This picture is of sodium linear alkyl benzene sulfonate.
It has good detergency and foam properties, but because it strips away so much oil, pretty much every skin type (except the extremely, almost medically too much oily skin) will feel dry and tight after using it. The main purpose of this ingredient is dishwashing liquid or all purpose cleansers.
It has a pH around 7.5, so it's almost neutral. The product I found from Stepan (Bio-Soft D Series) comes in a 38% to 55% active liquid form. These would be fabulous for cleaning products for your home. They are very biodegradable, and they play well with other surfactants.
Let's take a look at how to incorporate one of these surfactants into a cleaning product! (From this post...d-Limonene in your cleansers). To learn more about d-Limonene, please visit this post - d-Limonene: Awesome cleaning power!
SURFACTANT BASED SURFACE CLEANSER
5% polysorbate 20
5% Amphosol CG or cocamidopropyl betaine
5% anionic surfactant of choice - an alkyl-aryl sulfonate, SLeS, Bioterge 804, Bioterge AS-40, castille soap, or decyl glucoside
79 to 79.5% water
0.5% to 1% preservative
Mix the polysorbate 20 and d-Limonene together in a small container. In another container, mix the surfactants together - try not to get too much foam - then add the surfactants and preservative and mix together again. Add the polysorbate 20 and d-Limonene, and package in a spray bottle.
This won't be too foamy as the d-Limonene is an oil and the polysorbate 20 is a solubilizer, and neither of these play well with surfactants! So we're using their natural de-foaming and de-lathering abilities to creating a surfactant based cleanser that won't foam up too much!
You could also create a lovely foaming hand wash like this one with these surfactants. I'd suggest replacing the BSB with the alkyl-aryl sulfonate. You don't need a lot to make a difference!
Check out this package of recipes from Voyageur Soap & Candle for green cleaning products. You could replace the liquid castille soap in any of these recipes for your alkyl-aryl sulfonate. You could make a dishwashing liquid with it - try it at 15% to 20% to start - with some d-Limonene and a nice moisturizing ingredient for your hands.
Join me tomorrow for fun with sulfosuccinates (why do I always feel like Sylvester the Cat when I say that?).