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Sodium Gluconate (Chelating Agent)

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This off-white powdered compound is produced by the fermentation of sugar which is derived from corn and beets. The resultant gluconic acid is then neutralized to form sodium gluconate.

INCI name- Sodium Gluconate

Molecular formula- NaC6H11O7

Alternate names- D-Gluconic Acid, Monosodium Salt, Natriumgluconat



  • It is merits use as a chelating agent in personal care items and as a cleanser in industrial and household settings.
  • When employed for use as a cleanser it is powerful enough to clean metal and glass surfaces.
  • It is an unparalleled preservative because it is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and biodegradable, and is used to manufacture shampoos, soaps, detergents, dish wash bars, etc.
  • It helps in regulating the functioning of the nerves by removing toxic metal ions from the body.
  • When used as a dietary supplement it restores any deficiency of sodium in the body.
  • It works well when used as a food additive to thicken and stabilize packaged food products and increase their shelf life.
  • It is used in fertilizers to enable plants to better absorb minerals.
  • It improves the water resistance of cement which prevents rusting of iron. 


  • It works by chelating and preventing various free ions from engaging in chemical reactions.
  • It binds with hard water ions to improve the efficacy of the detergent.


  • The suggested concentration for use is 0.1-0.5%.
  • It is readily soluble in water but partially soluble in ethanol and diethyl ether.


  • Add it to the water phase of a formulation at 25oC.
  • Stir it continuously using a propeller.
  • Add surfactant phase of choice to this solution at room temperature.
  • Use sodium hydroxide to maintain the pH value.