Title of Invention


Abstract We claim: 1. A laundry detergent composition comprising: (a) at least 5 wt% of a calcium-tolerant non-soap anionic surfactant system comprising an alpha-olefin sulphonate and alkyl ether sulphate; (b) at least 0.1% of a cationic surfactant system in a weight ratio of (a):(b) of from 3:1 to 1:1; and (c) the balance, if any, being other minor ingredients.
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THE PATENTS ACT, 1970 (39 of 1970)
(See Section 10)
HINDUSTAN LEVER LIMITED, a company incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, 1913 and having its registered office at Hindustan Lever House, 165/166, Backbay Reclamation, Mumbai -400 020, Maharashtra, India
The following specification particularly describes the nature of the invention and the manner in which it is to be performed.

The present invention relates to a laundry detergent composition, which may, for fo example, be formulated as a particulate, tablet or liquid composition.
Conventional laundry detergent powders intended for the handwash contain a substantial level of anionic surfactant, most usually alkylbenzene sulphonate. Anionic surfactants are ideally suited to the handwash because they cornbine excellent detergency on a wide range of soils with high foaming.
However, event at high levels of anionic surfactant, for handwashing, the oily soil removal performance of such products is in need of improvement.
GB-A-1 570 128 discloses detergent compositions comprising from 4 to 40 wt% of a

magnesium-insensitive surfactant (for example, alky! ether sulphate, ethoxylated
nonionic surfactant, amine oxide), from 13 to 40 wt% of sodium silicate, and from 5 to
50 wt% of a magnesium-selective detergency builder (for example, zeolite, sodium citrate, nitrilotriacetate, or calcite/carbonate).
JP-A-09 087 690 discloses a high-bulk-density granular detergent composition for machine wash use, containing anionic (5 to 40 wt%), plus ethoxylated nonionic surfactant (1 to 15 wt%), zeolite (10 to 40 wt%), and crystalline and amorphous sodium silicates (0.5 to 10 wt%). The anionic surfactant optionally contains alpha-olefin sulphonate (up to 10wt% in the examples).

WO-A-97/43366 relates to detergent composition comprising from 0.5% to 60% by weight an anionic surfactant and from 0.01% to 30% by weight of a cationic surfactant. In the exemplified compositions in this document, the level of anionic surfactant is typically from about 10% to 15% by weight of the composition and the amount of cationic surfactant is from about 1% to 4% by weight. In some examples, the anionic surfactant component contains small amounts of an alkyl ether sulphate surfactant, typically at from 0.76% to 2.5% by weight of the total composition.
Compositions with small amounts of alkyl ether sulphate anionic surfactant (up to - 1.75wt%) and in one case, a low amount of zeolite (1.5wt%) are disclosed in WO-A-98/01521. However, these composition are spray are spray-dried and therefore have high amounts of sodium sulphate which is a non-alkaline non-functional water-soluble salt (electrolyte).
Other spray-dried compositions with high levels of sodium sulphate and containing alpha-olefin sulphate anionic surfactant, together with 12 or 15wt% zeolite builder are disclosed in JP-A-62 218499.
WO-A-00/40682 discloses compositions comprising more than 40% of an anionic surfactant system at least some comprising a calcium tolerant surfactant such as an alpha-olefin sulphonate or alkyl either sulphate. The examples with calcium tolerant surfactant either contain no phosphate or aluminosilicate builder or else a very high level of phosphate.
Our UK application No.9925961.6 also discloses compositions with 5-30wt% of alpha-olefin sulphonal. These are all based on a calcite/carbonate builder system.
Other compositions containing calcium tolerant are disclosed in US-A-6 010996, GB-A-2 309706, .US-A-5 415 812, US-A-4 265 777 and US-A-4 970 017.
Our Co-pending Application No.l205/MUM/2002 which states (a) laundry detergent composition comprising at least 5 wt% of a calcium-tolerant non-soap surfactant system comprising an alpha-olefin sulphonate and alkyl ether sulphate; (b) at least 0.1% of a cationic surfactant system in a weight ratio of (a):(b) of from 3:1 to 1:1; and (c) the balance, if any, being other minor ingredients.
There remains a need, fulfilled by the present invention, for compositions which contain a strong builder, namely a phosphate or aluminosilicate builder, but at lower levels, yet which are still robus across a wide range of water hardness.

As referred to herein, a "caldum tolerant* surfactant is one that does not precipitate at a Surfactant concentration of 0.4 g/L (and at a ionic strength of a 0.04Q M 1:1 salt solution at) with a calcium concentration up to 20* FH (French hardness degrees). I,e, 200 ppm caldum.
An essential non-soap calcium tolerant amonic surfactant for use m the compositions of the present invention is alpha-olefin sulphonate and alkyl ether sulphate.
Advantageously the alkyl ether sulphate may be present in an amount less that that of the alpha-olefm sulphonate.
A prefen'ed surfactant system comprises aipha-cefin sulphonate and aikyl ether sulphate in a weight ratio of fnam 5: i to 15:1.
Other calcium-tolerant anionic surfactants that may be used in addition to the alpha-olefin sulphonate acid and alkyl ether sulphate combination either alone or in combination with these or other caidum-tolerant anionics are aikyi emoxy cartjoxylate surfactants (for example. Neodox (Trade Mark) ex Shell), fatty acid ester sulphonates (for example, FAES MC-48 and ML-40 ex Stepan), alkyl xylene suiphonates, diaiKyi sulphosuccinates, fatty add ester sulphonates, alkyl amide sulphates, sorphoitpids. alkyl glycoside sulphates and alkali metal (e.g. sodium) salts of saturated or unsaturated fatty adds.
More than one other anionic surfactants may also be present These may for example be selected from one or more of alkylbenzene sulphonates, primary and secondary alkyl sulphates.
When it is desired to avoid the calcium intolerance of alkyllienzene sulphonate surfactant altogether, then the anionic surfactant system may comprise (preferably at a level of 70 wi% or more of the total anionic surfactant) or consist only of one or more calcium-tolerant non-soap anionic surfactants.

Cationic surfactant systems
The compositions of the present invention contain at least 0.1% by weight of the cationic surfactant system. Typically, the cationic surfactant system may be present at up to 15 wt% of the total composition. However, it preferably is present at from 0.5 wt% to 5 wt% at the composition.
\ Preferred cationic surfactant types include those having the formula: 10
R1R2R3R4N+ X-
R1 = is a hydrophobic group (preferably) CI2 -14 alkyl, or derived from Coco;
R2, R3 or R4 are independently hydroxyethyl, hydroxypropyl or CI-4 alkyl (e.g. Me,
Et) group;
X- is a solubilising cation, preferably CI-, Br- or MeS04'
Specific examples are:

(i) alkyl hydroxyethyl dimethylammonium chloride HoeS3996 (now sold as Praepagen HY) (ex Clariant, prev. Hoechst)


R2. R3. R4
2 methyl, 1 hydroxyethyl

(ii) Alkyl dihydroxyethyl methylammonium chloride Bis-AQA types (ex Clariant) e.g. Ethoquad C/12 type (AKZO-Nobel)


1 methyl, 2-hydroxyethyl

(iii) alky! trimethyl ammonium chloride Arquad types (eg. Arquad C33W)
The definition of cationic surfactants also include QMEA (quaternised monoethanolamine) or QTEA (quaternised triethanolamine). Quaternisation can arise as the result of neutralisation in situ of MEA or TEA by a surfactant acid (i.e. % LAS acid, fatty acid, paraffin sulphonic acid = SAS acid, etc):
Rl R2. R3. R4
iv) mono-hydroxyethyl H 2 H, 1
ammonium chloride Quaternised MEA hydroxyethyl
(v) tri-hydroxyethyl 1- hydroxyethyl 1 H, 2-hydroxyethyl
ammonium chloride Quaternised TEA
The physical form of the amines is water-like liquid. They could be either applied in the slurry for powder making (as an alkali replacing caustic soda partly) or in a post-lO dosed granule adjunct and present as a counter-ion after the neutralisation of a surfactant acid.
(vi). APA Quats: Alkyl amido-N-propylene dimethyl (quarternary-)ammonium
chloride (alkyl-CON(X)-(CH2)3NH+(CH3)2 CI- where X = H or Me, Et, Pr or higher)
15 APA Quats C12-C14-CON(X)(CH2)3 2 methyl
(vii) Alcohol triethoxy dimethyl ammonium chloride (alkyl (EO)n N+(CH3)3 CI-, where n is 1 -10

■0^) ^
(viii) Esterquats: Mono or di (cocoyl-ethylene) hydroxyethyl methylammonium chloride (CocoyI(CH2)2N+(CH3)(CH2CH20H) CH3S04-
5 (viii) Benzyldimethyl cocoalkyl ammonium chlorides (eg R(CH3)2N+CH2C6H5 CI-, etc.) exAKZO-Nobel e.g. Arquad DMCB-80, DMHTB-75 Arquad M2HTB-80)
(ix) Cocobenzyl-(ethoxylated (2) -ammonium chloride (e.g. Ethoquad C12/B)
(x) Ethoxylated Quaternary Salts (MonoalkyI ethoxylates) i.e. monoalkyi methyl
[ethoxylated (n)] ammonium chloride
- e.g. Ethoquat 18/12, i.e. octadecylmethyl [ethoxylated (2)], Ethoquad 18/25,
Ethoquad C/12, C/25, Ethoquad 0/12, i.e. Oleylmethyl [ethoxylated (2)],
ethoquad C/12 nitrate, i.e. cocomethyl [ethoxylated (2)] ammonium nitrate,
1|5 Ethoquad T/12 i.e. Tallowalkylmethyl [ethoxylated (2)]-ammonium chloride.
Optional other surfactants
If desired, nonionic surfactant may also be included. The amount of these materials, in total, is preferably from 0.1%) to 7%>, more preferably from 0.5%i to 4%>, especially from 0.9% to 3% by weight of the composition.
Preferred nonionic surfactants are aliphatic alcohols having an average degree of ethoxylation of from 2 to 12, more preferably from 3 to 10. Preferably, the aliphatic ^ alcohols are Cio-Cie, more preferably C12-C15.
Detergencv Builders
The compositions of the invention, when used as laundry wash compositions, will generally also contain one or more detergency builders. The total amount of detergency builder in the compositions will typically range from 5 to 80 wt%, preferably from 10 to 60 wt% by weight of the total composition.

Inorganic builders that may be present include sodium carbonate, if desired in combination with a crystallisation seed for calcium carbonate, as disclosed in GB-A-1 437 950; crystalline and amorphous alumlnosilicates, for example, zeolites as disclosed in GB-A-1 473 201, amorphous alumlnosilicates as disclosed in GB-A-1 473 202 and mixed crystalline/amorphous alumlnosilicates as disclosed in GB-A-1 470 250; and layered silicates as disclosed in EP-A-164 514. Inorganic phosphate builders, for example, sodium orthophosphate, pyrophosphate and tripolyphosphate are also suitable for use with this invention.
The compositions of the invention preferably contain an alkali metal, preferably sodium, aluminosilicate builder. Sodium alumlnosilicates may generally be incorporated in amounts of from 10 to 70% by weight (anhydrous basis), preferably from 25 to 50 wt%.
When the aluminosilicate is zeolite, the maximum amount is 19% by weight.
The alkali metal aluminosilicate may be either crystalline or amorphous or mixtures thereof, having the general formula: 0.8-1.5 Na2O. AI2O3. 0.8-6 Si02.
These materials contain some bound water and are required to have a calcium ion exchange capacity of at least 50 mg CaO/g. The preferred sodium alumlnosilicates contain 1.5-3.5 Si02 units (in the formula above). Both the amorphous and the crystalline materials can be prepared readily by reaction between sodium silicate and sodium aluminate, as amply described in the literature. Suitable crystalline sodium aluminosilicate ion-exchange detergency builders are described, for example, in GB 1 429 143 (Procter & Gamble). The preferred sodium alumlnosilicates of this type are the well-known commercially available zeolites A and X, and mixtures thereof.
The zeolite may be the commercially available zeolite 4A now widely used in laundry detergent powders. However, according to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the zeolite builder incorporated in the compositions of the invention is maximum aluminium zeolite P (zeolite MAP) as described and claimed in EP-A-384 070. Zeolite MAP is defined as an alkali metal aluminosilicate of the zeolite P type having a silicon to aluminium ratio not exceeding 1.33, preferably within the range of from 0.90 to 1.33, and more preferably within the range of from 0.90 to 1.20.

Especially preferred is zeolite MAP having a silicon to aluminium ratio not exceeding 1.07, more preferably about 1.00. The calcium binding capacity of zeolite MAP is generally at least 150 mg CaO per g of anhydrous material.
Organic builders that may be present include polycarboxylate polymers such as polyacrylates, acrylic/maleic copolymers, and acrylic phosphinates; monomeric polycarboxylates such as citrates, gluconates, oxydisuccinates, glycerol mono-, di and trisuccinates, carboxymethyloxy succinates, carboxymethyloxymalonates, dipicolinates, hydroxyethyliminodiacetates, alkyl- and alkenylmalonates and succinates; and sulphonated fatty acid salts. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
Especially preferred organic builders are citrates, suitably used in amounts of from 5 to 30 wt%, preferably from 10 to 25 wt%; and acrylic polymers, more especially acrylic/maleic copolymers, suitably used in amounts of from 0.5 to 15 wt%, preferably fromi to10wt%.
Builders, both inorganic and organic, are preferably present in alkali metal salt, especially sodium salt, form.
Laundry wash compositions according to the invention may also suitably contain a bleach system. Fabric washing compositions may desirably contain peroxy bleach compounds, for example, inorganic persalts or organic peroxyacids, capable of yielding hydrogen peroxide in aqueous solution.
Suitable peroxy bleach compounds include organic peroxides such as urea peroxide, and inorganic persalts such as the alkali metal perborates, percarbonates, perphosphates, persilicates and persulphates. Preferred inorganic persalts are sodium perborate monohydrate and tetrahydrate, and sodium percarbonate.


Especially preferred is sodium percarbonate having a protective coating against destabilisation by moisture. Sodium percarbonate having a protective coating comprising sodium metaborate and sodium silicate is disclosed in GB-A-2 123 044.
The peroxy bleach compound is suitably present in an amount of from 0.1 to 35 wt%, preferably from 0.5 to 25 wt%. The peroxy bleach compound may be used in conjunction with a bleach activator (bleach precursor) to improve bleaching action at low wash temperatures. The bleach precursor is suitably present in an amount of from 0.1 to 8 wt%, preferably from 0.5 to 5 wt%.
Preferred bleach precursors are peroxycarboxylic acid precursors, more especially peracetic acid precursors and pernoanoic acid precursors. Especially preferred bleach precursors suitable for use in the present invention are N,N,N',N',-tetracetyl ethylenediamine (TAED) and sodium noanoyloxybenzene sulphonate (SNOBS). The novel quaternary ammonium and phosphonium bleach precursors disclosed in US 4 751 015 and US-A-4 818 426 and EP-A-402 971, and the cationic bleach precursors disclosed in EP-A-284 292 and EP-A-303 520 are also of interest.

The bleach system can be either supplemented with or replaced by a peroxyacid. 20 examples of such peracids can be found in US-A- 4 686 063 and US-A- 5 397 501. A preferred example is the imido peroxycarboxylic class of peracids described in EP-A-325 288, EP-A-349 940, DE-A-382 3172 and EP-A-325 289. A particularly preferred example is phtalimido peroxy caproic acid (PAP). Such peracids are suitably present at 0.1 -12%, preferably 0.5 -10%.
A bleach stabiliser (transition metal sequestrant) may also be present. Suitable bleach stabilisers include ethylenediamine tetra-acetate (EDTA), the polyphosphonates such as Dequest (Trade Mark) and non-phosphate stabilisers such as EDDS (ethylene diamine di-succinic acid). These bleach stabilisers are also useful for stain removal especially in products containing low levels of bleaching species or no bleaching species.
An especially preferred bleach system comprises a peroxy bleach compound (preferably sodium percarbonate optionally together with a bleach activator), and a

transition metal bleach catalyst as described and claimed in EP-A-458 397, EP-A-458 398 and EP-A-509 787.
Laundry wash compositions according to the invention may also contain one or more enzyme(s). Suitable enzymes include the proteases, amylases, cellulases, oxidases, peroxidases and lipases usable for incorporation in detergent compositions. Preferred proteolytic enzymes (proteases) are, catalytically active protein materials which degrade or alter protein types of stains when present as in fabric stains in a hydrolysis reaction. They may be of any suitable origin, such as vegetable, animal, bacterial or yeast origin.
Proteolytic enzymes or proteases of various qualities and origins and having activity in various pH ranges of from 4-12 are available and can be used in the instant invention. Examples of suitable proteolytic enzymes are the subtilisins which are obtained from particular strains of B. Subtilis B. licheniformis. such as the commercially available subtilisins Maxatase (Trade Mark), as supplied by Gist Brocades N.V., Delft, Holland, 2p and Alcalase (Trade Mark), as supplied by Novo Industri A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Particularly suitable is a protease obtained from a strain of Bacillus having maximum activity throughout the pH range of 8-12, being commercially available, e.g. from Novo Industri A/S under the registered trade-names Esperase (Trade Mark) and Savinase 2|5 (Trade-Mark). The preparation of these and analogous enzymes is described in GB 1 243 785. Other commercial proteases are Kazusase (Trade Mark obtainable from Showa-Denko of Japan), Optimase (Trade Mark from Miles Kali-Chemie, Hannover, West Germany), and Superase (Trade Mark obtainable from Pfizer of U.S.A.).
Detergency enzymes are commonly employed in granular form in amounts of from about 0.1 to about 3.0 wt%. However, any suitable physical form of enzyme may be used.


Other Optional Minor Ingredients
The compositions of the invention may contain alkali metal, preferably sodium carbonate, in order to increase detergency and ease processing. Sodium carbonate may suitably be present in amounts ranging from 1 to 60 wt%, preferably from 2 to 40 wt%. However, compositions containing little or no sodium carbonate are also within the scope of the invention.
Powder flow may be improved by the incorporation of a small amount of a powder structurant, for example, a fatty acid (or fatty acid soap), a sugar, an acrylate or acrylate/maleate copolymer, or sodium silicate. One preferred powder structurant is fatty acid soap, suitably present in an amount of from 1 to 5 wt%.
Yet other materials that may be present in detergent compositions of the invention include sodium silicate; antiredeposition agents such as cellulosic polymers; inorganic salts such as sodium sulphate; lather control agents or lather boosters as appropriate; dyes; coloured speckles; perfumes; foam controllers; fluorescers and decoupling polymers. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
Preparation of the compositions
The compositions of the invention may be prepared by any suitable process.
The choice of processing route may be in part dictated by the stability or heat-sensitivity of the surfactants involved, and the form in which they are available.

For example, alpha-olefin sulphonate is robust, and is available in powder, paste and 30 solution form.
Alkyl ether sulphate is more sensitive to heat, is susceptible to hydrolysis, and is available as concentrated (e.g. about 70% active matter) aqueous paste, and as more dilute (e.g. 28.5 wt%) solution.

In all cases, ingredients such as enzymes, bleach ingredients, sequestrants, 5 polymers and perfumes which are traditionally added separately (e.g. enzymes postdosed as granules, perfumes sprayed on) may be added after the processing steps outlined below.
Suitable processes include: 10
(1) drum drying of principal ingredients, optionally followed by granulation or
postdosing of additional ingredients;
(2) non-tower granulation of all ingredients in a high-speed mixer/granulator, for
example, a Fukae (Trade Mark) FS series mixer, preferably with at least one
surfactant in paste form so that the water in the surfactant paste can act as a binder;
(3) non-tower granulation in a high speed/moderate speed granulator combination, thin film flash drier/evaporator or fluid bed granulator.
The invention is further illustrated by the following non-limiting Examples, in which parts and percentages are by weight unless otherwise stated.

Examples 1-2 are of the invention. Examples A-C are controls. Examples 1-2 showed measurably superior greasy/oily soil removal m a quantttative test.

We claim:
1. A laundry detergent composition comprising:
(a) at least 5 wt% of a calcium-tolerant non-soap anionic surfactant system comprising an alpha-olefin sulphonate and alkyl ether sulphate;
(b) at least 0.1% of a cationic surfactant system in a weight ratio of (a):(b) of from 3:1 to 1:1; and
(c) the balance, if any, being other minor ingredients.

2. A detergent composition as claimed in claim 1 comprising at least 15 wt% of the anionic surfactant system (a).
3. A detergent composition as claimed in claim 2 wherein the anionic surfactant system comprises at least 70 wt% of calcium-tolerant non-soap anionic surfactant.
4. A detergent composition as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the calcium-tolerant non-soap anionic surfactant system (a) comprises alpha-olefin sulphonate and alkyl ether sulphate in a weight ratio of from 5:1 to 15:1.
5. A detergent composition as claimed in any preceding claim comprising from 0.5 wt% to 5 wt% of the cationic surfactant system.
6. A detergent composition as claimed in any preceding claims wherein the cationic surfactant system comprises one or more cationic surfactant selected from compounds of formula:
wherein R is a hydrophobic group;
R2, R3 and R" are independently selected from hydroxyethyl, hydroxy popyl
and C1.4 alkyl; and X" is a solubilising cation.
7. A detergent composition as claimed in any preceding claims comprising from 0%
to 45% by weight of detergency builder.


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Patent Number 197775
Indian Patent Application Number 1204/MUM/2001
PG Journal Number 41/2008
Publication Date 10-Oct-2008
Grant Date 17-Jan-2006
Date of Filing 24-Dec-2001
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