Clorox has been granted a patent for an acidic cleaning composition that offers excellent cleaning performance, low toxicity, and good antimicrobial efficacy. The composition can be used to sanitize or disinfect various hard surfaces and can be in the form of wipes, sprays, or cleaners. It contains ingredients such as citric acid, surfactants, organic solvents, methanesulfonic acid, and water. The composition requires dilution with water before use, and the pH of the diluted composition is less than 7. GlobalData’s report on Clorox gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Clorox, thermoplastic elastomer laminates was a key innovation area identified from patents. Clorox's grant share as of September 2023 was 59%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11753603B2) discloses a concentrated acidic cleaning composition. The composition includes citric acid, alkyl sulfate surfactant, alkyl polyglucoside surfactant, organic solvents, methanesulfonic acid, and water. Optional adjuvants such as fragrances, colorants, and stabilizers can also be included. The composition requires dilution with water at a ratio of 1:10 to 1:50 prior to use, and the pH of the diluted composition is less than 7.

The patent claims also specify additional features of the composition. Claim 2 states that the composition may include a fragrance, while claim 3 mentions the inclusion of a colorant. Claim 4 states that the diluted composition can be loaded onto a substrate after a 1:10 dilution, and claims 5 and 6 specify that the composition can be diluted in a spray bottle or dispensing container with at least a 1:10 dilution. Claim 7 highlights that the composition is free of cationic surfactants, and claim 8 specifies that the alkyl sulfate surfactant used is sodium lauryl sulfate.

This patented cleaning composition offers a concentrated and acidic solution for effective cleaning purposes. The inclusion of citric acid, alkyl sulfate surfactant, and alkyl polyglucoside surfactant ensures efficient removal of dirt and grime. The presence of organic solvents and methanesulfonic acid further enhances the cleaning power of the composition. The optional adjuvants allow for customization of the cleaning solution with fragrances, colorants, and other additives.

The requirement for dilution with water at a specific ratio ensures that the composition is used in an appropriate concentration for optimal cleaning performance. The pH of the diluted composition being less than 7 indicates that it is acidic, which can be beneficial for certain cleaning applications.

The absence of cationic surfactants in the composition is noteworthy, as it may be preferred in certain cleaning scenarios where cationic surfactants are not desired or suitable. The use of sodium lauryl sulfate as the alkyl sulfate surfactant provides a specific example of a suitable surfactant for the composition.

Overall, this granted patent presents a concentrated acidic cleaning composition with various optional features, offering a versatile and effective solution for cleaning applications.

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