Glossary

Dispersing agent

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A material that increases the stability of particles in a liquid.

In laundry detergents, dispersing agents keep particles of soil that have been removed from fabric in a dispersed or suspended state so that they are more readily removed from the washing machine when the wash water is pumped out. Surfactants that were instrumental in removing the soil from the fabrics serve as dispersing agents, as do antiredeposition agents and complex phosphates .