Choosing to outsource your cleaning products production is not to be taken lightly. Choosing the right partner will be critical to success. If you are considering growing your liquid cleaning products line or starting one, you may have thought about bottling your products in-house. However, there are several good reasons why you should consider contract packaging for cleaning chemicals. But before you choose a contract packager, here are a few things to consider.
Experience with Cleaning Chemicals
Choosing a contract packager that has experience with chemical cleaning products is vital. Liquid cleaning supplies are a broad category that includes many products that may be corrosive or reactive, such as those that contain bleach, acids, or caustic materials. These ingredients require an experienced cleaning chemical contract packager to ensure safety for all who come into contact with these compounds.
Ingredients added to some cleaning products can increase or decrease the pH. Without getting too scientific, pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14. The lower the pH, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH, the more basic it is. Both highly acidic and highly basic chemicals can cause burns, depending on the tissue type and exposure length. Bleach has a pH of 11-13, while toilet bowl cleaner has a pH of 1-3. Because these chemicals are powerful, the correct mixing and filling equipment must be used. An experienced contract packager can guide you to the correct systems for your cleaning product.
Familiarity with Regulatory Requirements
If your contract packager has experience with cleaning products, they will likely have some regulatory experience and can provide another set of eyes on your product.
Some bathroom cleaners, disinfectants, and other cleaning products are regulated at state and federal levels to ensure they are safe for consumer use. Many of the regulations have to do with proper labeling. Several states, such as New York and California, have implemented regulations specific to cleaning products. On a federal level, The Federal Hazardous Substance Act requires hazardous consumer products (toxic, corrosive, irritant, flammable, pressurized, etc.) to have labeling that alerts consumers to the potential hazards the product presents. It must also tell them how to protect themselves and their children from those hazards. Many cleaning products fall into these categories, and these are only a few examples of regulations that impact them. Working with a contract packager with cleaning chemicals experience can provide additional eyes on your products to ensure nothing is missed.
Certain disinfectant cleaning products must be EPA-registered and have specific labeling requirements. All cleaning products that sanitize or disinfect are subject to registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The act requires that the products are packaged in an EPA-Registered facility and have an EPA establishment number. The list of facilities is available on the EPA’s website – you can search by company name “Crystal Packaging” or location “Henderson.”
A Commitment to Sustainability
The demand by consumers for sustainable cleaning options has led to a growth in green cleaning products. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for green cleaning products is expected to be greater than nine percent from 2022 to 2027 as the market reaches $89 billion.
Working with a contract packager committed to sustainability will ensure you meet your customers’ desires for safer cleaning products. Many cleaning brands are turning to the Safer Choice Label to demonstrate to their customers their commitment to using environmentally friendly ingredients. Safer Choice, an EPA pollution prevention program, aims to reduce, eliminate, and prevent pollution using safer ingredients.
If you have invested in the research and formulation to ensure that your product meets the Safer Choice standard, you will want to work with a contract packager that has experience with Safer Choice products. Facilities, including contract and toll manufacturers, are subject to site audits that focus on the processes and procedures put in place to ensure compliance with the standard.
Another way to demonstrate that the product contains natural ingredients is through the independent Eco-Cert certification process. Products certified by Eco-Cert ensure environmentally friendly production and processing processes, the use of natural or organic ingredients, and responsible management of natural resources.
Product quality refers to how well a product satisfies customer needs, serves its purpose, and meets industry standards. To ensure a quality product is produced, procedures and processes are required for consistency and to meet industry standards. One way companies demonstrate their commitment to quality is through cGMP certification. The federal government has established current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) to ensure products are consistently produced and processes are controlled. While the government doesn’t require certification, many companies choose to do so. You’ll want to look for a cleaning chemical contract packager willing to invest in quality. cGMP generally applies to food and beverages, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. However, many other consumer product brands are expanding to include cGMP in order to meet the increased demand for trusted, high-quality, and safe products.
Choose Crystal for Contract Packaging of Your Cleaning Chemicals
At Crystal Packaging, we can check off all the boxes as a premier partner for cleaning product packaging for numerous brands and companies.
• Experience with various cleaning products
• EPA-registered facility
• Safer Choice Label Standard compliance
• ECO-Cert certification for consumer products
• UL cGMP certification
In addition, our customers find value in our technical expertise and capabilities. We work with customers to solve problems before they happen.
We offer seven automated lines to meet customer demand. Unlike other contract packagers, we can fill various-sized bottles ranging from 2.5 oz to 5 gallons, including trigger sprayers. Work with a company you can trust for contract packaging your cleaning chemicals. Contact us today for a quote.