In the kitchen and throughout the home, silicones are known for their versatility and convenience. Silicone kitchenware is durable, easy to clean, lightweight and stain-resistant. In the household, silicones are used as antifoams in detergents, which enable lower washing temperatures, thereby saving energy. Silicones spread easily and protect surfaces, making them an ideal component for polishes or cleaning agents for household surfaces. It also has great flexibility to go from freezer to oven without brittleness or degradation. Silicone rubber bake ware is designed for even heat distribution which means even baking. Also, the molds do not retain flavors or odors.
Silicone baby care products such as sippy cups, soothers, teething rings and baby bottle nipples hold up under the heat and steam of frequent sterilization, have good tensile strength and excellent tear strength, as well as the ability to remain soft and pliable over time.
Silicone sealants are used in kitchen sinks to prevent water from seeping behind the sink and to maintain a hygienic surface that is easy to clean.
Silicone spatulas are flexible and easy to clean. They resist both heat and low temperatures.
Silicone rubbers and adhesives are also used to seal oven doors, making the oven more energy efficient.
Silicones resist rust and corrosion as well as provide good adhesion to both metal and plastic.
Silicone-based molds can go from the oven to the freezer and vice versa. They are non-stick, heat-resistant and durable.
The benefits of silicones in fabric softener include enhanced softness and shape retention. In detergent, silicones also improve cost-effectiveness as their antifoam properties lower the wash temperature, which saves energy.