Low-foaming Detergents Market Size & Share, by Type (Non-ionic, Amphoteric, Cationic); Technique (Manual, Soak, Scrub, Ultrasonic cleaning); Matter (Liquid, Powder, Tablet); Distribution Channel (Departmental stores, Hypermarket, Superstores, Pharmacy, Online sales)-Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Mar 19, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Low-foaming Detergents Market size is expected to reach USD 33 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of low-foaming detergents was USD 16 Billion. The reason behind the growth is impelled by growing construction activities across the globe. The last 10 years have seen significant changes in the construction sector as a result of the growing global population, increased acceptance of new technologies, and huge investment in infrastructure.

For instance, with more than 12% of the global GDP, construction is the largest industry in the world. 

The growing focus on sustainability is believed to fuel the low-foaming detergents market growth. Low-foaming Detergents reduce the environmental effect since they are safe for both the environment and people as they aid in removing allergies, diseases, and pollution by using natural raw ingredients.

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Low-foaming Detergents Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rising Usage in Healthcare Industry-Low-foaming Detergents is a high-quality cleaning solution that can be used in power-spray systems, ultrasonic cleaning systems, labware washers, parts washers, and other medical equipment in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
  • Growing Sale of Automobiles- Low-foaming Detergents is highly concentrated and has vibrant color intensity and non-staining coloring compositions, which is designed to safely remove dirt and grime from most automobiles.
  • Increasing Demand for Washing Machines- For front-loading, high-efficiency (HE), automated, and ultrasonic laundry machines, Low-foaming Detergents work best as they produce less foam than ordinary detergents, have a lower risk of triggering allergic responses and leaving residue on clothing.
  • Surging Applications in the Metal Industry- Low-foaming metal cleaners are strong, quick-acting degreasers for severe industrial cleaning applications that effectively remove oily soils from metal surfaces with great ease and speed and strong anti-rust properties.


  • Lack of consumer awareness - A fascinating psychological issue is customers' limited knowledge and comprehension of Low-foaming Detergents solutions owing to their views of foam in cleaning goods, which may lead to reluctance in adopting the product.
  • Availability of alternatives- As alternatives to conventional low-foam detergents, eco-friendly detergents with plant-based surfactants and biodegradable formulae are available; these detergents are typically less harmful and more biodegradable than synthetic surfactants, and are widely distributed in nature, inexpensive, energy-efficient, environmentally benign, and readily biodegradable.
  • Regulatory standards associated with the safety of Low-foaming Detergents are expected to act as a challenge for the low-foaming detergents market growth

Low-foaming Detergents Market: Key Insights

Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 16 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 33 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Low-foaming Detergents Segmentation

Type (Non-ionic, Amphoteric, Cationic)

The non-ionic segment is predicted to account for 50% share of the global low-foaming detergents market during the forecast period owing to the benefits provided. Wetting agents that are nonionic and low foam are derived from alcohol ethoxylates, which are known to work well owing to their quick wetting characteristics, minimal foam content, low dynamic surface tension, and superior detergency. Some nonionic surfactants have limited or no foaming properties, which makes them a wise choice for a component in Low-foaming Detergents that can be used for eliminating organic soils, and emulsifying oils. Nonionic Low-foaming Detergents are renowned for their gentleness, potent cleaning properties, and good hard water resilience and mildness which makes them crucial for cleaning without residue. Dish soap, detergents, and home cleansers all contain non-ionic surfactants, which are used to remove grease and are also utilized in the building chemicals, paints & coatings, and cosmetics industries. Moreover, it is recommended to employ low-foam nonionic surfactants at temperatures just above their cloud point the temperature at which a non-ionic surfactant solution turns turbid since it plays a crucial role in the specific surfactant and its field of use.

In addition, a moderate amphoteric surfactant used as a conditioning agent and low foam agent in personal care products, amphoteric Low-foaming Detergents have witnessed tremendous growth in recent years and also function similarly to anionic surfactants in alkaline solutions and as cationic surfactants in acidic circumstances. Amphoterics are effective wetting agents that work well throughout almost the whole pH range and possess excellent pH stability, making them appropriate for a variety of uses. Moreover, they are designed for use in water-based alkaline cleaners as a low-foaming hydrotrope and are often used in personal care products such as shampoos and cosmetics.

Furthermore, cationic surfactants have good wetting and detergent qualities without any foaming or detergent qualities, which also have favorable safety, health, and environmental profiles, and are frequently found in disinfectants as they can also act as antibacterial agents. In general, cationic surfactants have little detergency, and the applications for these surfactants are restricted.

Matter (Liquid, Powder, Tablet)

The liquid segment in low-foaming detergents market is set to garner a notable share shortly. The low-foaming, highly alkaline liquid detergent is perfect for floor-standing lab washing machines and clean-in-place (CIP) systems, and the composition is the method used to wash fabrics since it dissolves quickly and minimizes suds. In addition, Low-foaming Detergents powder is an outstanding low-foam laundry powder that can be utilized in all kinds of automated laundry equipment since it can swiftly dissolve in warm, hot, or cold water.

Our in-depth analysis of the global low-foaming detergents market includes the following segments:


  • Non-ionic
  • Amphoteric
  • Cationic


  • Manual
  • Soak
  • Scrub
  • Ultrasonic cleaning


  • Liquid
  • Powder
  • Tablet

     Distribution Channel

  • Departmental stores
  • Hypermarket
  • Superstores
  • Pharmacy
  • Online sales

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Low-foaming Detergents Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

Low-foaming detergents market in North America is predicted to account for the largest share of 40% by 2036 impelled by the growing concerns regarding health and hygiene.  Americans have an obsession with cleanliness since they find it essential to keep infectious diseases from spreading and supporting kids' long, healthy lives. This is expected to drive the demand for Low-foaming Detergents in the region. In addition, owing to the growing concerns for hygiene a lot of soap and cleaning agent products are commonplace in US households. For instance, in 2022, the average yearly spending on soaps and detergents in the US was more than USD 85 USD per unit of consumption.

European Market Statistics

The Europe Low-foaming Detergents market is estimated to be the second largest, during the forecast timeframe led by growing health awareness. The health and fitness sector in Europe has grown dramatically since it aids in reducing the risk of potential chronic diseases and helps people maintain a better lifestyle.

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Companies Dominating the Low-foaming Detergents Landscape

    • BASF SE
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Helena Chemical Company
    • Galaxy Surfactants
    • Wilbur-Ellis Company
    • Oxiteno SA
    • Stepan Company


In The News

  • BASF SE together with Inditex announced the introduction of its first laundry detergent, The Laundry by Zara Home to lessen the discharge of microfibers while washing, lower carbon emissions, and is well-suited for washing at low temperatures which makes it efficient to reduce their energy usage.
  •  Wilbur-Ellis Company has consented to the distribution of VoleX, a poison-free, biodegradable, patented pellet created to properly eradicate voles without endangering crops, wildlife, or raptors.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 5895
  • Published Date: Mar 19, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The growing construction activities across the globe and the growing focus on sustainability are the major factors driving the growth of the market.

The market size of Low-foaming Detergents is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are Helena Chemical Company, Galaxy Surfactants, Wilbur-Ellis Company, Oxiteno SA, Stepan Company, Kao Corp., and others.

The Non-ionic segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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