Xanthan gum serves several important functions in various applications, including food, cosmetics, cleaning, and personal care products and we will explore that. However, when it comes to DIY cleaning products the key benefit is that it can naturally thicken water based solutions. Let’ take a look at its key functions:
Thickening and Stabilising
Xanthan gum is renowned for its exceptional thickening and stabilising properties. It can increase the viscosity of liquids, creating a desirable texture in products like sauces, dressings, and lotions. In cleaning products, it adds thickness to solutions, allowing them to cling to surfaces for better cleaning efficacy.
Xanthan gum can help stabilize emulsions by preventing the separation of oil and water-based ingredients. This is valuable in cosmetics and personal care products such as creams, lotions, and serums, where it ensures a consistent and smooth formulation.
Binding and Suspension
In food products, xanthan gum acts as a binding agent, helping ingredients stay together. It's also used to suspend solid particles in liquid solutions, preventing them from settling. This is particularly useful in salad dressings, beverages, and some cleaning solutions.
Due to its water-absorbing properties, xanthan gum can help retain moisture in both food and cosmetic formulations. This is especially beneficial in products like moisturizers, hair conditioners, and certain baked goods.
Xanthan gum can create stable gels when combined with water, making it useful in products like gel-based cleaning solutions, hand sanitizers, and certain cosmetics.
Xanthan Gums value in your DIY toolkit is undeniable, a tiny bit goes a long way and we have many resources in our blogs on how to use it in your natural handmade cleaning solutions.
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