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Tide cleaning up with cornhusks

Did you know that laundry detergent has ethanol in it?  It’s a key ingredient in detergents, allowing better washing performance and stabilized formulations.

Companies use either corn-based ethanol or petroleum in detergents.  Procter & Gamble (P&G), maker of Tide Coldwater, has announced that it is using a more sustainable method, and will be the first company in the world to use cellulosic ethanol in a scalable and commercial formula.  Cellulosic ethanol is more commonly known as cornhusks, corncobs and other corn-based by-products of the harvesting process.  P&G estimates it will use more than 7,000 tons of agricultural waste each year, accounting for about two percent of the ingredients used to manufacture Tide Coldwater.


The basic process involves collecting the corn by-products, chopping and heating them, and then adding bacteria to produce the cellulosic ethanol.

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