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EDTA is a water softening compound which is incorporated in cleaning chemicals to prevent limescale from reacting with the product and reducing its effectiveness, and also to prevent limescale forming in machinery in which the cleaning chemical is used such as scrubber dryers, power washers and steam cleaners.


Although an excellent product to use in these formulations EDTA is not fully biodegradable, and so its use is a source of contention.

Much of the EDTA produced is used in the manufacture of paper from wood pulp where it is used in considerable quantities. This has prompted the desire for more environmentally safer alternatives. The quantity used in cleaning products is relatively small, yet the industry has been caught up in the same environmental discussion.

As a result Cleenol has decided to remove EDTA from all formulations wherever practicable to do so.