Carboxy inulin is derived from chicory

Carboxy Inulin

Learn all about carboxy inulin, including how it's made, and why Puracy uses carboxy inulin in our products.
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  • Derived from: chicory
  • Pronunciation: (kär-ˌbäk-sē \ˈin-yə-lən\)
  • Type: Naturally-derived

What Is Carboxymethyl Inulin?

Carboxymethyl inulin is a water softener and pH adjuster derived from chicory root extract.[1] The leaves of the chicory plant are sometimes known as endive.[2]

What Does Carboxymethyl Inulin Do?

Carboxymethyl inulin acts as an aid in removing the calcium and magnesium ions that cause hard water.[3] This boosts the cleaning power of detergents.[4]

How Carboxymethyl Inulin Is Made

Carboxymethyl inulin is commonly produced by glycolytic oxidation of inulin.[5]

Why Puracy Uses Carboxymethyl inulin

We use carboxymethyl inulin as a water softener to temporarily reduce the surface tension of water. This creates a sheeting effect which helps suds and grime rinse away quickly and completely. The ingredient also reduces:

  • water consumption
  • the amount of mineral deposits left to dry on surfaces
  • the need to rinse repeatedly to get soap off, and

Is Carboxymethyl Inulin Safe?

Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care and cleaning product quality standards.[6,7]


[1] Comparative Toxicogenomics Database
[2] University of Wisconsin Extension Program
[3] Popular Mechanics
[4] American Cleaning Institute
[5] "Method for Treating Textile" patent application
[6] Whole Foods Market
[7] Whole Foods Market

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