Frequently Asked Questions
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2 What are enzymes?
Enzymes are active proteins found in all living matter, people, animals and plants. They are not living organisms themselves. The only things that are alive are the cells that create or produce the enzymes. Enzymes are crucial to basic life processes. If you could look into a cell, you would find a multitude of enzymes directing traffic or processes to keep that cell alive. Without enzymes there would be no life on Earth.
3 What do enzymes do?
There are literally thousands of different enzymes and they usually have a very specific function or task that they perform. We have enzymes in our saliva to help convert foods to sugar and help it slide down more easily into the stomach for digestion. Then different enzymes take over various facets of the digestion process and convert or breakdown that food into the fuel and nutrients our bodies need to function. Enzymes are nature’s way of processing, kick starting or breaking things down. Most will agree that nature is far better than manmade chemicals or manmade solutions in producing things without harming the environment. Protein researchers and microbiologist have said one simple way to explain what an enzyme does is “Whenever in nature one substance is transformed into another, enzymes will be involved.” There’s a vast amount of scientific information and research readily available for those who have a real appetite for information. Prepare to be inundated with information. Today some people spend their entire careers researching and developing enzymes for commercial use. Enzymes have demonstrated they make better use of raw materials, save water and energy and almost always replace toxic chemicals in real life applications. These include a host of products with decades of proven performance from medical products and treatment to septic tanks and wastewater applications.
4 Do you use the same enzymes in every product?
No, you may have read above that usually enzymes have a very specific function or job they do. At DDW we formulate our products to do very specific jobs very well. An example would be our laundry products. Our regular laundry contains a number of different types of enzymes along with other ingredients. We have enzymes whose sole purpose would be to clean and eliminate protein stains like blood without the use of chemicals or prespotting and others to breakdown or remove the chemicals in your washer or dryer that might contribute to UV glow. Other enzymes break down odors or things like a grass stain. Our laundry and scent control products are biological not chemical based formulations. Chemical residue is one of the more common ways to reintroduce brighteners or chemicals that cause UV glow.
5 Can any enzyme be used for scent control?
Absolutely not, if you refer back to what enzymes are and what they do it will help you understand that while there are thousands of enzymes they all have very specific functions or jobs that they do. Enzymes are very specialized. Finding the right enzymes is just part of the puzzle. Some enzymes only perform their jobs at certain temperatures or when a specific set of environmental conditions exist. Even within odor eliminating enzymes there are varying performance factors or environmental conditions, temperatures or delivery methods to consider. Protein researchers are still uncovering new applications. In the textile industry, enzymes can replace the strong acids used to prepare fabrics for dyeing. Ever thought about why that UV glow in the dyeing process is there. Enzymes may ultimately eliminate the acids and chemicals that cause he UV glow in he dyeing process.
6 Are enzymes safe?
Enzymes are a product of nature, found in all living things. Research shows enzymes are safer and better for the environment than chemical or manmade alternatives. Today they are used extensively in animal feeds, wastewater treatment and many products we use in our everyday lives perhaps without even knowing it. Enzymes are even used in the brewing of beer and many hunters consider that safe. Don’t blame the enzymes if you drink and drive. The enzymes are safe. When used correctly, enzymes are a natural solution proven safer than virtually any chemical alternative.
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