Alkyl polyglucoside is a biodegradable ingredient derived from plant starch and fatty alcohol from coconuts.[1,2,3] It is also known as APG, Sparteine, or Triton.[4,5]
Alkyl polyglucoside is a surfactant. We use the ingredient in our dishwasher detergent. However, alkyl polyglucoside can also be found in personal care products, laundry products, bathroom cleaners, and other cleaning products.[6,7] The ingredient is useful in products that need stable foam, low streaking, and no filmy residue.
Alkyl polyglucoside is typically made by reacting a fatty alcohol with a sugar using an acid as a catalyst.
Alkyl polyglucoside is a biodegradable ingredient that is growing in popularity due to its favorable environmental profile. Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care and cleaning product quality standards.[11,12,13]