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  • DITEC
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  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • NO
  • Yes

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Surfactant is the active component in all cleaning products. Sodium lauryl sulfate is the most used surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier present in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. You find it in almost everything from hair shampoos, shower gels, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps to everyday so called "green" detergents, all purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, boat soaps, car shampoos, degreasers, and bath oils/bath salts.

Even if SLS is a surfactant extracted from plants, it is not in any shape or form "natural" and "safe".

SLS is a hazardous surfactant and it is skin irritant. During manufacturing it is contaminated with 1.4 dioxalate, which is toxic to the brain and central nervous system, kidneys, and liver.

DITEC's Product Line does not contain SLS or dioxalate

To avoid 1,4 dioxalate you need to avoid products with indications of ethoxylates. Look for the following suffixes in the ingredient list: "myreth," "oleth," "laureth," "ceteareth," any other "eth," "PEG," "polyethylene," "polyethylene glycol," "polyoxyethylene," or "oxynol."

  • Biodegradable
  • Yes
  • Mostly No

Being Biodegradable

Biodegradable means that the chemical can be consumed by microorganisms and break into naturally available components in nature. Biodegradable chemicals should be formulated with components that are made of organic material such as plants, animals or other substances originating from living organisms or consumable by them.

An important factor to evaluate the environmental aspect of a chemical is to determine what chemicals are released in the nature when the break-down of the original chemical component starts due to biodegradability. While most chemicals break down to Hydrogen, Oxygen and water, there are components that will break down to dangerous and hazardous sub-elements.

Most green chemical manufacturers are not truthful about the environmental aspects of their products.

As example, the main active component in most cleaning chemicals is Nonylphenol Ethoxylates used in the surfactant. Nonylphenols has the ability to mimic estrogen and in turn disrupt the natural balance of hormones in affected organisms. Nonylphenols Ethoxylates is a restricted chemical in European Union as hazardous to humans and environmental safety.

Another common components in chemicals are phosphates. They help to distribute dye and fragrances. Phosphates. are very volatile and hazardous. They cause breast cancer and hormonal dysfunction. This component evaporates in the air and therefore cleaning chemicals containing hesitates cause a great concentration of this hazardous component in the indoor air.

  • Food grade
  • Yes
  • No

Food-grade Components

Many of the components in our maintenance chemicals are either "food grade" or "food safe". Food grade components are components that are considered to comply with the standards for purity and identity of food ingredients(US Food and drug Administration). Food safe components are those that cannot be consumed as food but are not hazardous or dangerous to be used in food designated area or can be used in the food processing applications.

  • Industrial grade
  • Yes
  • No

Industrial Grade Performance

Cleaning and maintenance products are decided in two groups:

  • Household grade
  • Industrial grade

The idea is to make stronger chemicals for industrial and professional use and a light and often useless version for household application. Many of the chemical components in the industrial grade products are hazardous and cannot be used for household use in high concentration.

DITEC cleaning and maintenance products does not include hazardous components.

We simply provide ONE line of products for BOTH household and industrial applications with strength and performance never seen before

  • Heavy Duty
  • Yes
  • No

Heavy Duty Properties

The dictionary definition of Heavy Duty is: something that provides an unusual power, durability, etc.(compare). Most "heavy duty" chemicals available are not providing any impressive performance and power. Many manufacturers seem to have misunderstood "impressive power" with "Extremely Hazardous". Some manufacturers of marine chemicals (such as barnacle remover, teak cleaner, rust remover) use solely highly alkaline and highly acidic chemicals made mainly with sodium hydroxide, phosphoric acid or hydrochloric acid. As example, Barnacle Buster Concentrate and their descaler are made of 90% phosphoric acid! The industrial grade phosphoric acid IS 85-90%. Any higher is called “laboratory grade”. Any person with VERY limited knowledge of handling dangerous goods is able to purchase phosphoric acid Online, fill a gallon with it, add some dye into it, label it and sell it as barnacle remover. Or, buy Sodium Hydroxide and dilute it with water and sell it as very alkaline and corrosive teak, Bolidt, API or floor cleaner!

DITEC’s art of formulation of Heavy Duty cleaning and maintenance products is to provide “impressive power” WITHOUT “hazardous” properties.

  • MARPOL V ANNEX III
  • Yes
  • No

MARPOL V ANNEX III

MARPOL is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships. The MARPOL Convention was adopted on 2 November 1973 at IMO (International Maritime Organization). Annex III regulates Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form. The “harmful substances” are those substances which are identified as marine pollutants in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) or which meet the criteria in the Appendix of Annex III.

These regulations are enforced by authorities in most places around the world. In US, Coast Guard has been enforcing the regulations.

DITEC's Product Lines are the only complete cleaning and maintenance solutions in the market compliant with MARPOL.

  • NPDES Compliance
  • Yes
  • No

NPDES Compliant

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)is a provision of Clean Water Act. All marine vessels (yachts, cargo and cruise ships, etc.) are subject to NPDES, enforced by US authorities.

DITEC Product Lines provide complete cleaning and maintenance solutions in compliance with NPDES.

  • Ethers
  • No
  • Yes

Ethers

Many commercial cleaning products, even "green" ones like Simple Green, contain glycol ethers.

Glycol ethers are inhaled as gas and can penetrate the skin and enter the blood steam and cause anemia, intoxication, irritation of the eyes and nose, birth defects and damage to sperm and testicles. Also it causes fatigue, lethargy, nausea, and possible liver and kidney damage.

Use of gloves is probably not helpful protection, since glycol ethers can also penetrate most rubber gloves.

  • Bleach
  • No
  • Yes

Bleach

The long-term residual effects from chlorine are becoming such a health hazard that the American Public Health Association is urging the American paper industry to stop using chlorine.

While many consumers are grown up with chlorine, they don't have information about the harmful consequences of Chlorine. The fact is, Chlorine does not normally occur in the environment except as a yellow gas on rare occasions. The break-down process of Chlorine results in production of organochlorines and dioxins. They are not readily biodegradable and remain in the environment and therefore bio-accumulate. Dioxins are not part of our body chemistry. Even minimal contact with dioxins will result in accumulations of the chemicals in our body and causes birth defect, cancer, reproduction disorder and immune system breakdown.

With DITEC products, you won’t need bleaches or acids again!

  • Nitrates
  • No
  • Yes

Nitrates

Nitrates are very dangerous for our health. DITEC does not use components that can create nitrogen bindings harmful for the environment. See under Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).

  • Polymer Waxes
  • No
  • Yes

Polymer Waxes

Many cleaning products state that they contain waxes. Use of natural waxes in cleaning detergents is impossible, since the detergent will break down the oily molecules by emulsification. The wax component is usually a polymer or silicone. DITEC advanced surfactant technology provides a reduced surface tension that is long lasting. The effective cleaning properties of our chemicals do not require a polymer wax to shine. It simply cleans the surface and leaves a clean and glossy appearance.

  • Teflon or PTFE
  • No
  • Yes

Teflon(PTFE)

TEFLON is a brand name for a product made by Dupont. Perfluorooctanoic Acid, PFOA, is one of the key components in manufacturing of Teflon. This synthetic chemical has found its way to every-once blood and creates serious environmental and health issues for all life on our planet.

All new man-made chemicals must undergo rigorous testing to be marketed in Europe and DuPont's Teflon is about to be included in the long list of chemicals that may not be marketed in Europe. Canada is the first country to enforce a total limitation of usage and marketing of Teflon.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has at last initiated a review of the potential health risks and exposure routes of PFOA and its most commonly used salts, including ammonium perfluorooctanoate (commonly referred to as C8), which is used in Teflon production.

So, even IF Teflon could protect (which it doesn't) the paint and make it shiny, how many years of our lives are we willing to exchange for a shiny surface?

Click here for articles about Teflon

  • Phenols
  • No
  • Yes

Phenols

One application of Phenol is in slimicide and cleaners as a disinfectant. Inhalation and dermal exposure to phenol is highly irritating to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes in humans. Phenols cause anorexia, muscle pain, cancer, dermal inflammation, etc. For more information regarding the toxic properties of phenols visit EPA information for PHENOL

  • Dye & Fragrance
  • No
  • Yes

Dye and Fragrance

Fragrances. and dye are two main components in almost all chemicals in the market. Both of these components are dangerous for humans and the ecosystem These components help selling products from a hand cream to a bathroom cleaner and laundry detergent. Federal Law does not require manufacturers to list the components in the fragrances. However, fragrances. and dyes can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world.

 

None of DITEC products contains fragrances. or dyes.

  • Ammonia
  • No
  • Yes

Ammonia

Ammonia is a solution of ammonium hydroxide used as a general purpose cleaner in many cleaning products. Ammonia results in a relatively streak-free shine; therefore it is used in many glass cleaners including Windex. Ammonia is also found in most metal polishes such as Brasso.

  • Acids
  • No
  • Yes

Acid

Acids are corrosive and hazardous. They are used mainly in industrial and marine applications for teak cleaning, barnacle removal, descaling, rust removal, etc. DITEC's replacement for acids is presented as a complete product line for acidic cleaners in DC-100 Collection.

Products in DC-100 collections offer the strength of acid, while they are not corrosive to skin and therefore not hazardous.

  • Petroleum Distillate
  • No
  • Yes

Petroleum Distillate

Petroleum distillates are chemicals derived from petroleum. Benzene is a petroleum distillate used as raw material for production of dyes and detergents. Mineral oil (baby oil) is also a petroleum distillate. Johnson & Johnson has marketed mineral oil with added fragrance as "baby oil" for years, making the general public believe that baby oil is actually good for skin application.

Petroleum distillates have a wide range of negative impact on human heath, marine life and ecosystem.

  • Citrus
  • No
  • Yes

Citrus

d-Limonene is the major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind. In the past decade the usage of d-Limonene has increased dramatically. The largest growth is in manufacturing of cleaning products. d-Limonene is an organic solvent and is not soluble in water. By combining d-Limonene with a surfactant package a range of cleaning products can be created used mostly for spray and wipe applications. d-Limonene causes skin and respiratory irritations.

Since d-Limonene is an organic solvent, presence of this chemical in boat soaps, car shampoos and other cleaners destroys paint, vinyl, gelcoat, plastic and rubber, if the surface is not rinsed completely cleaned from d-Limonene residues.

  • Toxics
  • No
  • Yes

Toxics

The range of toxic chemicals used in cleaning and maintenance products is too wide for this short presentation. DITEC does not use any toxic components in its product lines.

  • Formaldehyde
  • No
  • Yes

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a very potent preservative and is used in anti-bacterial, mold removal and disinfecting cleaners as well as some personal care products. Formaldehyde is a very toxic chemical both for humans and other organisms. A solution of 37% causes death for an adult human.