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#1 Craig L.

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:35 PM

During  a recent plant inspection of our maintenance shop I noticed an ingredient listed on the hand soap as shell scrubbers-this is attached.

 

I am aware walnut shells are used in some hand cleaners, but I am not familiar with the term "shell scrubbers".

If this ingredient is in fact derived from walnut shells we may decide to remove it from use to avoid any allergen hazards which would be unfortunate because it is a very effective cleaner.

I have searched for data on this product and found no technical information. 

 

Can anyone provide more information on what this "shell scrubber" substance may be?

 

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:51 PM

You can get an address and phone number from the header of an MSDS by searching "Woodbine MSDS". An MSDS from any of their products will give you a phone number to call and ask.

 

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 03:49 PM

Not sure what shell scrubbers is, but in the ingredients list it contains "soy oil" so wouldn't this be an allergen source anyways?


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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:00 PM

Actually since I came to the forum to ask a related question, I will just ask it here so we can all benefit:

 

The scrubber that we currently use does have walnut shells present in it. I've been searching for a good alternative online and can find no information on it. Does anyone here know of a good substitute?

 

Was also wondering - if we allow the use of the scrub, but then they have to follow with washing with our standard hand soap, would that mitigate the allergen risk?


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 06:18 AM

The term "shell scrubber" as an ingredient refers to what is known as purified walnut shell which is normally in a powdered form.  
 
As to an allergen as someone mentioned - if it were only the powdered purified shell material (that acts as a deep cleanser for hands) this would not be an issue; however if any protein is present in the process then a nut allergen reaction could occur and  I have heard that the powdered shell can be an irritant to the skin.
 
However, it sure does make for a great deep cleansing of the hands.
 
I think your idea to remove it from use is quite valid.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 09:00 AM

" Not sure what shell scrubbers is, but in the ingredients list it contains "soy oil" so wouldn't this be an allergen source anyways? "

 

According to FDA, highly refined oil does not contain allergen. 

 

Yet, I am not sure if the chemical manufacturer use highly refined soy oil to make the hand soap.


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