We can’t recommend it because there isn’t enough research behind it. We recommend mixing a product like Non Ionic Surfactant with most herbicides labeled for it. 34 out of 61 people found this answer helpful.
Tide and Wisk are two of the many different detergent brands that use nonionic surfactants.
They are often found in detergents and dishwashing liquids. They are the second most commonly used surfactants after anionics. These molecules have no charge and are therefore less likely to form “suds” in hard water.
Typical examples of this family of surfactants include octaethylene glycol monododecyl ether and pentaethylene glycol monododecyl ether. Alkyl ethers of poly(propylene glycol). Another alternative to using poly(ethylene glycol) is poly(propylene glycol). Its alkyl ethers are also commonly used nonionic surfactants.
A common “trick” used when spraying weeds around your home may be to add a few drops of dish soap like Dawn®. Dish soap is used as a surfactant, both when washing dishes and when applying herbicides to plants.
The short answer is: Yes, you can, but only if you want mediocre to poor results. Here’s why: Nonionic surfactants are one of the most popular types of surfactants that require weed killers, herbicides, and other lawn chemicals.
Non-ionic surfactants are used as degreasers in detergents, household cleaners and dishwashing liquids. They offer excellent solubility and generate little foam. In combination with anionic surfactants, nonionic surfactants ensure resistance to hard water in laundry detergents.
If you plan to use one, it’s important to use a product that’s actually designed for that use, like Southern Ag Non Ionic Surfactant. Dishwashing detergents can be ionic and you risk burning plants when using them as they are not designed for this application. 4 out of 4 people found this answer helpful.
Definition of nonionic detergent
: one of a class of synthetic detergents (as long chain ether derivatives or esters of alcohols or phenols) which are neither anionic nor cationic but produce electrically neutral colloidal particles in solution.
Definition of nonionic
: nonionic in particular : not dependent on a surface-active anion for the effect nonionic surfactants.
Nonionic wetting agents do not ionize in water. A potential benefit of using a non-ionic wetting agent is that it will not react with other ions in the water which could lead to precipitation.
For a solution, combine 1 cup vinegar plus 1 cup Sprite soda (for sugar and acidity) or molasses in a 5 gallon bucket. Mix thoroughly and pour the solution into a spray bottle. The other recipe recommends mixing a 12-ounce can of Sprite with 1/2 cup of gentle dish soap.
If nothing else is available, when you’re ready to fight this weed, add 1 tablespoon of household dish soap to 1 gallon of herbicide, says the Purdue University extension .
Recently, sugar-based nonionic surfactants have been developed to offer a safer, non-toxic alternative to some of the more aggressive surfactants previously on the market. Cationic – Cationic surfactants generally do not generate foam like the other types of surfactants.
Soap is definitely a surfactant. It has all the key characteristics of a surfactant, namely a water-loving end and an oil-loving end of the molecule that can bind to both oil and water at the same time. Soap also reduces the surface tension between different molecules, which is another key feature of a surfactant.
But, simply put, there is a secret ingredient. While the full “recipe” is inaccessible to the masses, a Dawn spokeswoman has pointed the magic to uniquely powerful surfactants — or the chemical compounds that lower a liquid’s surface tension when dissolved, too known as the stuff that cuts the fat.
Most of my solutions contain Blue Dawn® Ultra because it is concentrated. The regular Dawn is a non-concentrated version (aka Simply Clean), i.e. more diluted. Platinum Dawn is almost identical to Ultra but contains more surfactants. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients.
Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauramine Oxide, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, PEI-14 PEG-10/PPG-7 Copolymer, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Yellow 5.
Detergents that do not contain ions in their composition are nonionic detergents. An example of such a detergent is formed when stearic acid reacts with polyethylene glycol. Liquid dishwashing detergents are nonionic.