Tetraacetylethylenediamine (TAED) enables clothes to be cleaned effectively and safely at lower temperatures, thereby reducing energy usage and minimizing environmental impact. It is also widely used in automatic dishwasher formulations and as a sterilant in everything from denture cleaners to medical instruments. It reacts with hydrogen peroxide to form the powerful color-safe bleaching agent and biocide, peracetic acid, delivering the right amount where and when it is needed.
TAED is also kind on the environment, as it is readily biodegradable and of very low toxicity. It has been included in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Safer Choice™ program.
Lubrizol has created the Mykon™ range of TAED products where cleaning is most important and the Warwick B series of powders and granules for biocidal applications. The B series products are registered as biocides for laundry applications with the EPA. TAED is also registered under the EU’s Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), with Lubrizol’s subsidiary, Warwick International Group Ltd, listed on the BPR’s Article 95 for in situ generation of peracetic acid from TAED and sodium percarbonate.