Silicone is one of the worlds most versatile materials and can be found in use in all types of industry as well as in your home kitchen. Silicone rubber can be hard, soft, rigid or flexible and as such it can be used to produce a whole range of products as well as improve the detergents we use and produce the seals for our ovens and sinks.
The main application in our homes for silicones is in laundry products. It is used in the washing powders which we put into our machines to help prevent the build up of too much foam during the wash cycle. It is also added to fabric softeners to help reduce the amount of water which fabrics pick up during the rinse cycle. This helps to reduce the drying times of fabrics and therefore saves on energy consumption.
Adding silicones to fabric conditioners can also alter the feel of fabrics such as by making towels feel softer and fluffier and also to be more absorbant. They can help fabric to retain its shape, reduce wrinkles and creases as well as improving fabric strength and durability. Silicones are also used in the popular 2 in 1 detergents which combine a washing powder with a fabric softener.