Alcohol alkoxylate, also known as Plurafac, Poloxalene, or Pluronic, is a clear or slightly yellow liquid but can also appear in granular form.[1,2,3] It is a copolymer of polyethylene and polypropylene ether glycol.
Alcohol alkoxylate is a surfactant used in household cleaning products as a rinse aid to prevent spotting. It is also a wetting agent that controls foam. We use it in our dishwasher detergent.
Alcohol alkoxylate has a trade-secret formula but is derived from sugar.
Alcohol alkoxylate is a mild eye and skin irritant. The EPA has deemed the ingredient safe in food at less than 10 parts per million. Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care and cleaning product quality standards.[9,10,11]