The most commonly used degreasers are water-based, solvent-based and degreasers derived from natural sources.
Solvent-based degreasers – useful in the following areas:
- Oil and gas
Water-based degreasers – useful in the following areas:
- Food and beverage production
The water base means that these degreasers suitable in applications where heavy-duty grease or oil removal is not a concern.
Natural degreasers – degreasers containing natural ingredients such as distilled vinegar, orange, corn, baking soda, and soap have good degreasing properties for smaller applications in the following areas:
- Care homes
This is because natural degreasers do not contain toxic chemicals, and therefore the effects on contact with skin and eyes or when ingested or inhaled are minimal.
Although natural degreasers are highly effective in smaller applications, they are not strong enough to tackle heavier, industrial applications.