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Scents-sational Season: DIY Products for Cleaning Your Home

28-November-2017

The holiday season is in full force for people across the country. Families and friends often travel to other homes for the festivities. This can be a call for homeowners to make sure their houses are clean top to bottom. As the holidays are often the time of presenting diverse recipes, here are some all-natural cleaners that can make things spotless while also using ingredients that one may already have in the home.


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A. DIY Natural Citrus Spray Cleaner


A fresh and fruity spray cleaner for multiple surfaces. This spray uses food peels that may have otherwise been wasted.


This spray will need:

  • Lemons

  • Grapefruits

  • Oranges

  • Rosemary sprigs

  • Lavender sprigs

  • Cinnamon sticks

  • Resealable glass jars

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Spray bottle


After juicing the lemons, grapefruits, and/or oranges, save the rinds and place them into a resealable glass jar. Sprigs of rosemary can be coupled with the lemon peels, lavender sprigs with grapefruit peels, and cinnamon with orange peels. Once filled with the pairings, the jars can then be topped with white vinegar. The jars can be labeled with the date and ingredients and stored away for a month to let the mixture set. Once a month goes by, the liquid can be drained out into a spray bottle and used as a normal spray cleaner.


B. DIY Disinfectant Wipes


An economical substitute for store-bought wipes. Rubbing alcohol is typically used for disinfecting wounds but can also effectively remove germs and bacteria from frequently used surfaces.


These wipes will need:

  • High-quality paper towel roll

  • A resealable food container

  • 1 ½ cups of water

  • ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol

  • Few squirts of dish soap


Place the paper towel roll into the container, cutting it down to size if needed. Mix the water, rubbing alcohol and squirts of dish soap in a measuring cup. Slowly pour the liquid to the paper towel inside the container. Pour intermittently until the paper is completely saturated. Once a few minutes have passed, remove the cardboard center and pull individual sheets out to clean as needed. After wiping, the surfaces can be air-dried or wiped with a dry rag.


C. Whiter Sheets


A simple trick to freshen up white bed sheets for guestrooms. Baking soda is a bicarbonate (NaHCO3) and white vinegar is an acetic acid (HCH3COO). Bases and acids react when combined together, and it is this reaction that can remove stains and eliminate odors from fabrics.


This reaction will need:

  • ½ cup of distilled white vinegar

  • ¼ cup of baking soda

  • Laundry detergent


For both high efficiency and regular washers, sprinkle the measured baking soda inside. Load the white sheets and add detergent as needed. If using a high efficiency washer, add the white vinegar inside the softener well. If using a regular washing machine, pour the vinegar during the rinse cycle. Let the machine run to completion. After washing, the sheets can be hung to dry or can be placed in a dryer.

 

Independent Chemical is a proud chemical supplier in New York. Learn more about the diverse range of high-quality cosmetic and food products that are offered here.


Winter Season Preparations

24-November-2017

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For many cities across the country, the weather is slowly inching closer to the freezing temperatures. With this colder weather comes snow, slush, frozen rain, and icy conditions. Proper de-icing and anti-icing measures are important to know in order to treat sidewalks, clear cars, and ensure minimal damage.


As the two names imply, “de-icing” is about removing ice and frost after it has already formed, while “anti-icing” uses techniques, often chemical, to prevent ice from forming in the first place.


Commonly used for de-icing, salt is easy to obtain when clearing driveways and walkways. However, salt has a flaw in that it becomes much less effective once temperatures reach below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Salt performs better with liquid water rather than solid water. This is why many people come to prefer sand. The coarse nature of sand melts snow and ice while also providing good traction for drivers on streets and pedestrians on sidewalks. Additionally, the added friction of driving or walking on a sanded path can prevent new ice from forming.


For cars, vans, and other vehicles, salt and sand can’t do much to prevent the radiators and engines from literally freezing apart. This is where antifreeze comes in. Antifreeze is a liquid chemical concoction used to prevent damage to the vehicle’s internal components. Antifreezes can have chemical ingredients such as CH2OHCH2OH (ethylene glycol) or C3H8O2 (propylene glycol) that effectively lower the freezing point of water. This in turn can prevent ice from forming and allow car to operate in freezing temperatures.


Other chemicals that can be used inside an antifreeze include:

 

  • Azelaic Acid

  • Benzoate

  • Borate (borax)

  • Nitrate

  • Nitrite

  • Pemelic Acid

  • Phosphate

  • Sabacic Acid

  • Silicate

  • Suberic Acid


However, as all of these chemicals suggest, there are dangers to using antifreeze. On an average year, over 90,000 pets and kids ingest the toxic liquid. Bottles left unattended can be tampered with, and antifreeze can sometimes leak out of a car and leave a puddle on the ground. Pets specifically can lick this antifreeze in large amounts before having any foul aftertaste. This is because ethylene glycol makes the colorless and odorless liquid taste very sweet, similar to soda and juice. The negative consequence of the flavor is that it becomes enticing to drink more antifreeze, especially when considering antifreeze doesn’t have instant symptoms.


For small children and animals, consuming even a tablespoon of the product can be disastrous. There are three stages to antifreeze poisoning, with effects being similar for children and animals:


Stage 1 poisoning can happen anywhere between 30 minutes to 12 hours after ingestion. The symptoms include vomiting, seizures, and excessive thirst.


Stage 2 poisoning is next; within 12 to 24 hours after ingestion there is increased damage to the internal organs.


Stage 3 for cats occurs between 12 hours and 24 hours after ingestion, for dogs occurs between 36 to 72 hours after ingestion, and for children occurs between 24 and 72 hours after ingestion. For all who reach this stage, though, the poisoning damages the brain, liver, kidneys, and cardiovascular system. If left untreated, the symptoms can progress and eventually lead to death.


Prevention is easier than treatment, and all consumers should strive to be safe rather than sorry. Consumers should firstly store their products in a safe place that neither children nor animals can access. Never place the liquid in a location where it can be mistaken for something safe to drink. Antifreeze can still be bought, but if possible it is better to purchase products with propylene glycol as it is less harmful than ethylene glycol. Car radiators should be maintained frequently to avoid leaks. Lastly, antifreeze can still be bought, but if possible it is better to purchase products with propylene glycol as it is less harmful than ethylene glycol.


If antifreeze is swallowed, it is much better to contact Poison Control or a local medical emergency facility than it is to wait it out. The symptoms may not show up immediately, but the damage can be permanent if nothing is done. The upcoming winter season should be a time of joy and wellbeing, so everyone should take extra measures to keep things out of harm's reach.


Independent Chemical Corporation is a proud chemical supplier in New York. Learn more about the diverse range of our products and ingredients that are offered here.


Let’s Talk About Cranberries

10-November-2017

 


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The month of November is home to one of the biggest holidays of the year: Thanksgiving. This holiday alone sells over 45 million turkeys in the U.S. each year. In many households, a common side dish or topping to go along with the popular poultry would be cranberries and cranberry sauce. This fruit has a strong historical presence and equally strong health benefits that consumers should know about.


The cranberry is one of the only fruits that naturally grew in North America several thousands of years ago. Cranberries started growing in bogs once glaciers began melting which resultantly created crevices for horticulture to flourish. The fruit’s harvest time is in the autumn months, another reason why cranberries are so well associated with Thanksgiving. Over time cranberries spread and found uses in medicinal practices. For instance, Native Americans would used brewed cranberries to treat wounds from poisoned arrow tips. Sea navigators and whalers, meanwhile, would eat and drink cranberries to prevent scurvy, a gum disease that over time decayed the teeth.


Outside of culinary creations such as cranberry sauce, cranberry juice and dried cranberries, the fruit can also be used to make do-it-yourself beauty products.


Cranberry Body Scrub: A cranberry body scrub can be made by mixing 1 cup of whole cranberries, 2 cups of granulated sugar and ½ cup of coconut oil with a few drops of fragrance being optional.


Cranberry Yogurt Mask: Cranberries can also be made into a facial mask by combining ½ cup of pureed cranberries to ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt and then using the mask for 10-15 minutes.


Cranberry Rouge/Cheek Stain: Even a fruity rouge and cheek stain can be made with some patience. Cranberries can be cut into thin slices the place into a low heat oven overnight. The dehydrated berries can then be frozen for several hours and later ground into a powder. 1 teaspoon of this homemade cranberry powder can then be mixed with 1 teaspoon of shea butter and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to create a rosy colored hue.


Furthermore, modern day science has consistently show cranberries to be a high source of C31H28O12 (proanthocyanidins). This chemical specifically slows down the grow and spread of bad bacteria such as E. coli. The cranberry also contains phytochemicals that affect the taste, color, pH content, and so on. Some of the phytochemicals include:

 

  • Anthocyanins

  • Catechins

  • Hippuric acid

  • Quinic acid

  • Triterpenoids


Cranberries are also a strong source of daily nutrition and contain adequate amounts of:

 

  • Manganese

  • Vitamin E

  • Vitamin K

  • Copper

  • Dietary Fiber


This Thanksgiving, if cranberries are on the menu, feel free to appreciate their many cosmetic uses and health benefits.


Independent Chemical is a proud chemical supplier in New York. Learn more about the diverse range of cosmetic and food ingredients that are offered here.


2017 Chem-E Car Competition in Minneapolis Reaction

3-November-2017

 

 

 

Each year, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers hosts a national competition for students majoring in chemical engineering and similar such sciences. This event, aptly called the Chem-E-Car Competition, engages students to design a small-scale car powered by chemistry to carry a specified amount of water while traveling a predetermined distance. Only chemical reactions are allowed within this competition, and schools across the nation (and even internationally) came up with unique chemical combinations that made their car unique.


New York never ceases to innovate, and the New York college that participated in this years Chem-E Car Competition is proof of that. The City College of New York’s own Grove School of Engineering designed a car they called Sulfurious. This creation used a color-changing chemical reaction between HCL and Na2S2O3 (sodium thiosulfate). The battery source, which was designed for this years competition as well, was composed Zn-MnO2 (zinc manganese Dioxide). Cooper Union, meanwhile, used a reaction of MgCO3 (magnesium carbonate) and C6H8O7 (citric acid) mixed with water. Their car, Lemon Aid, allowed the the school to win 5th place in performance.


Outside of the Northeast region, schools all over the U.S. submitted their own cars. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga created a car called Chem-eleon. This car used a C6H12O6 (glucose) and KMnO4 (potassium permanganate) reaction. The reaction causes a color change which the car’s stopping mechanism is able to detect and cause a stopping reaction in response.The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with their car called The Great Gasby used a reaction between KMnO4 (potassium permanganate) and C2H2O4 (oxalic acid) to create gas pressure to move the vehicle forward. Meanwhile, Texas Tech University named their car Tower of Power to reflect on the fact that it was powered by an exothermic reaction of water and aluminum with catalytic promoters and stopped with another reaction between CaO (calcium oxide) and water.


Even international schools had a part in this years competition. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with their car called Indigo utilized their own color-changing chemical reaction with a stopping reaction. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) entered this year with a car powered by a V (vanadium) redox flow battery with an Iodine clock stop reaction. This year the winning car called Spektronics 14 came from the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Indonesia. Their car was powered by an Al (aluminum) air battery, where a reaction with aluminum and air would cause a color change that the car’s chemical sensor could detect and thereby stop in time.


Many schools participated in this years competition, and it would take a long while to discuss how each and every car had their own chemical innovations. The main point of this annual event, as stressed by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, is to motivate students to research new ideas, problem solve, experiment, and discover new ways chemistry can be used as energy.

 

Independent Chemical Company is a chemical company in New York dedicated to providing the highest level of service and convenience to its customers.


Industrial Preservatives

28-August-2017

COMPARISON OF DOWICIL 75 VS. LANXESS PRESERVATIVES

In July, Dow announced that in 2018, it will discontinue production of DOWICIL™ 75 Preservative, which is typically used in such applications as adhesives, latexes, paints, and liquid detergents to protect against a wide variety of bacteria and fungi. However, DOWICIL™ 75 Preservative is known to release formaldehyde and is considered a sensitizer. Now is the time to consider alternatives to ensure a smooth transition to a different preservative in your process.

Independent Chemical Corporation, recognized as one of the top 100 chemical distributors in North America, offers a full suite of preservatives for industrial applications like those that use DOWICIL™ 75 Preservative. One such product is Lanxess Biochek® BIT 20D, which offers comparable performance to DOWICIL™ 75 for all-purpose liquid detergents at a pH of 7-11. We also offer Lanxess Preventol® D7 CF, a copper-free, non-foaming, and readily biodegradable preservative useful in multiple applications, including all those listed for DOWICIL™ 75 Preservative. The chart below shows a comparison of anti-microbial activity, properties, and approximate range of cost per use in various industrial applications of DOWICIL™ 75 vs. Lanxess Preservatives.

With nearly four months before supplies start to dwindle, take the needed steps to qualify your replacement of DOWICIL™ 75 Preservative. Contact the technical support staff at Independent Chemical to learn more about how we can help protect and preserve your industrial application!


 

DOWICIL®  75
PRESERVATIVE

LANXESS BIOCHEK® BIT 20

LANXESS BIOCHEK® BIT 20D

LANXESS PREVENTOL® D7

LANXESS PREVENTOL® D7 CF

LANXESS PREVENTOL® D7 LT

LANXESS PREVENTOL® O EXTRA

LANXESS PREVENTOL® ON EXTRA

LANXESS PREVENTOL® P 100 PRESERVATIVE

Coverage Against

Bacteria

Fungi

 

Mold

 

 

 

 

 

Yeast

 

 

 

 

Properties

Active Ingredient

64% of 3,5,7-Triaza-1-azoniatricyclo[3.3.1.13,7]decane,1-(3-chloro-2-propenyl)-chloride (CTAC)

20% of 1,2-benzisothiazolin-3-one (BIT)

20% of 1,2-benzisothiazolin-3-one (BIT)

1.5% of 5-Chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (CMIT) and 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (MIT)

1.5% of 5-Chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (CMIT) and 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (MIT)

1.5% of 5-Chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (CMIT) and 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (MIT)

99% Ortho-Phenylphenol (OPP)

> 75% Sodium Ortho-Phenylphenate

99% 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (Bronopol)

Stabilizer

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium Hydroxide

-

Magnesium Nitrate

Magnesium Nitrate

Sodium Nitrate

-

-

-

CAS Number

4080-31-3

2634-33-5

2634-33-5

55965-84-9

55965-84-9

55965-84-9

90-43-7

132-27-4

52-51-7

Form

Off-White Powder

Clear to Amber Liquid

Milky or Off-White Dispersion

Clear to Pale Yellow Liquid

Copper-Free Clear to Pale Yellow Liquid

Yellow to Light Green Liquid

Colorless Flakes

Colorless Flakes

White to Yellowish Crystalline Powder

Package Size

100 lb. drum

100K pail, 200K drum

100K pail, 200K drum

190K drum

190K drum

190K drum

55 lb. bag

55 lb. bag

25K drum

Water Solubility

High

Medium

Medium

High

High

High

Low

Medium

Medium

Organic Solubility

Low

Medium

Medium

High

High

High

High

Medium

High

pH

8.1

10 - 13

6 - 8

4 - 6

2.5 - 5

2 - 4

7

11.1 - 11.8

4-7 (10% in water)

pH Stability Range

2 - 12.5

2.5 - 15

2.5 - 14

<  9

<  9

2.5 - 9

1 - 14

2 - 14

<  8.5

Odor

Amine

Odorless

Odorless

Odorless

Odorless

Odorless

Faint odor

Slight odor

Faint odor

Approximate Range of Cost per Use

$ - Less than $1.00 per 100 lbs. of treated product
$$$$$ - Greater than $4.00 per 100 lbs. of treated product

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Pesticide

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Construction Materials

$ - $$$$$

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Detergents

$ - $$$

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Inks

$ - $$$

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Latex and Emulsions Paints

$ - $$$$$

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Metal Working Fluids

$ - $$$$$

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Petroleum Recovery

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Polish and Wax

$ - $$$$$

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Pulp and Paper

$$ - $$$$$

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$ - $$$$

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Textile Processing

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Shark Liver Oil and its Uses

18-August-2017

 


Shark liver oil naturally contains squalene in significant amounts, with vitamin E and other compounds in smaller amounts. Shark liver oil has been long considered an immune boosting nutrient with significant ability to help healthy aging. A number of studies expand the use of shark liver oil into other arenas, including improving vascular health, supporting immunity during pregnancy, reducing muscle wasting, and more.


Shark liver oil is taken from the livers of three species of shark: the deep sea shark, the dogfish, and the basking shark. The liver makes up about 25% of the total shark body weight of these sharks. Several companies harvest and process the oil from sharks caught off of Greenland, Norway, Sweden, and other coasts. The oil is available as a by-product of the commercial fishing industry; endangered sharks are not allowed to be killed solely for their oil.


Shark liver oil is used along with usual cancer drugs to treat leukemia and other cancers; to prevent radiation illness from cancer X-ray therapy; to prevent the common cold, flu, and swine flu; and to boost the body’s immune system. It is also used for increasing white cell counts during treatment with anticancer drugs. White cells are important in fighting off infection, but many are killed by chemotherapy. It appears to play an antioxidant role by decreasing damage caused by oxidation from free radicals to the skin. Its main role is to protect skin surfaces from lipid peroxidation due to ultraviolet light exposure. It is deeply absorbed into the skin, increasing skin flexibility and does not leave an oily residue. This has increased the interest in squalene for cosmetic purposes. People apply shark liver oil directly to the skin for skin conditions including skin cancer.


Independent Chemical Company is a chemical company in New York dedicated to providing the highest level of service and convenience to its customers. We provide top quality chemical distribution, and supply Shark Liver Oil ready for purchase. To place an order for Shark Liver Oil, click here.  


 


Echinacea: The Common Cold Hero

15-August-2017

 

 

Echinacea is a native North American coneflower that was discovered and used as a traditional herbal remedy for more than 400 years by the Great Plains Indian tribes. Technically classified as an herb, several species of the echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its flowers, leaves and roots. Echinacea grows on strong stems far above the foliage. It has high concentrations of volatile oils, while the parts that grow above the soil tend to contain more polysaccharides that are known to trigger immune function.


The three species of Echinacea that are used as herbal remedies are:


-Echinacea angustifolia - narrow-leaved coneflower

-Echinacea pallida - pale purple coneflower

-Echinacea purpurea - purple coneflower, eastern purple coneflower


Although there are hundreds of benefits from Echinacea, these 6 particularly stand out:


Combats Cancer

The use of echinacea as another natural cancer treatment is now being recommended “alongside - or indeed in place of - conventional therapy.”


Boosts the Immune System

Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent and reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half-days.


Alleviates Pain

Echinacea’s history began when Echinacea purpurea was used by the Great Plains Indians as a painkiller. To use echinacea to combat pain, drink herbal echinacea tea.


Functions as a Laxative


Aids as an Anti-Inflammatory


Improves Skin Problems

Echinacea benefits the skin superbly, including alleviating eczema and psoriasis.


Echinacea is an incredibly valuable herb, and Independent Chemical Company, a chemical distributor located in New York, proudly supplies it. To place an order for the herb, click here.


What you Never knew about Locust Bean Gum

14-August-2017

 

 

Locust Bean Gum, also known as Carob Bean Gum, is a naturally derived from the seeds of the carob tree from the Mediterranean area. The Mediterranean is where the majority of Locust Bean Gum seeds are produced and harvested. Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Greece provide 70-75% of the world’s total production.


Locust bean gum is milled from the locust bean, and is sometimes referred to as "carob bean gum" or "carob gum." However, the gum should not be confused with carob powder, a flavoring made from roasted carob beans that can be used as a substitute for chocolate. The carob plant is also known as "St. John's Bread."


Locust bean gum is the preferred texturizer for various food applications due to its natural image, the neutral taste and the very creamy texture it provides. In frozen products, such as ice cream, locust bean gum slows down and reduces the size of ice crystal formation thanks to its ability to bind water. Locust Bean Gum has a positive impact on protein stability and does not interact with other ingredients in food due to its neutral behavior. In bakery fillings, locust bean gum makes them more stable and less likely to boil out. Locust bean gum will also provide a little bit of film formation, which will prevent fruit from moving into a pie shell. It is typically found in cream-cheese spreads to impart richness and spreadability. Locust bean gum has the ability to add body and provide suspension to beverages. Locust bean gum also prevents whey-off in dairy products. Locust bean gum is invaluable in commercial applications such as ice cream, soft drinks, fruit juices, bread and pastry, preserves, instant pudding, and baby food.


Independent Chemical Company is a chemical company in New York dedicated to providing the highest level of service and convenience to its customers. We provide top quality chemical distribution, and supply Locust Bean Gum ready for purchase. To place an order for Locust Bean Gum, click here.


8 Benefits of Vitamin D

7-August-2017

 

Often referred to as “the sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D is essential to overall health. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D can be made by your body when your skin is exposed to the sun. Some of the many benefits of vitamin D include:


-Improving bone health

-Preventing common cold

-Improving recovery from surgery

-Increasing muscle strength

-Diminishing symptoms of depression

-Reducing diabetes risk

-Boosting weight loss

-Promoting healthy births


Independent Chemical Company is a cosmetic ingredients supplier in New York. We proudly distribute Vitamin D, and if you would like to place an order, you may click here.


Uses for Beeswax You Never Knew About

3-August-2017

 

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees. Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols.There are countless uses and benefits from the wax, and below are some you may not already know about.


-Homemade deodorant

-Lotion Bars

-DIY Lip Balms

-Beeswax Candles

-Homemade soaps

-Soothe cracked heels

-Soothe dry lips

-Skin moisturizer


Beeswax is one of nature's’ many gifts, and Independent Chemical Company proudly supplies it. A cosmetic ingredients supplier located in New York, we offer a wide range of both cosmetic and pharmaceutical products available for purchase. To place an order for Beeswax, click here.


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