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Trisodium Dicarboxymethyl Alaninate

Definition

Trisodium Dicarboxymethyl Alaninate is a chelator that can be found in dishwasher detergent, bathroom cleaners and automotive degreasers. It alters the pH of a product to improve stability and functions as a chelator. The word chelator (pronounced "key-lay-tor") comes from the Greek word chele, or claw. Think of a chelator as a lobster claw that reaches out and grabs the minerals in soap scum or soils, to keep them from depositing on a surface. We use trisodium dicarboxymethyl alaninate to remove mineral deposits that are caused by hard water. By binding to the deposit, it allows them to be rinsed away.