Triethanolamine, often abbreviated as TEA, is a viscous organic compound. It is colourless, although samples may appear yellow because of impurities.
Triethanolamine is used primarily in making surfactants, such as for emulsifier. It is a common ingredient in formulations used for both industrial and consumer products. Some common products in which triethanolamine is found are liquid laundry detergents, dishwashing liquids, general cleaners, hand sanitizers, polishes, metalworking fluids, paints, shaving cream and printing inks.
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