We believe that being transparent and honest about our products, and the ingredients that go into them, is one of the things that sets us apart from the many other RV waste water treatment suppliers.
Our goal is to strike the perfect balance by formulating the most effective products possible that are also safe for people, pets, and the environment.
We also understand that everyone has their own position on what is acceptable in the products they use in their homes or RVs. Our position has always been to aim for the highest quality, safest ingredients possible.
When there is no way to build a truly effective product without using a less-safe ingredient, we want people to know that, so they can decide if it's worth the trade-off - having a stronger, more effective product that is also less safe or natural. That is why we go to great lengths to inform you in those instances.
To help you better understand the ingredients we use, we have listed them below.
Bacteria / Enzyme Blend: Each of our products utilizes safe and healthy bacteria and enzymes to biodegrade solid waste inside your tanks. We wish we could take the credit for this, but we've got to give props to good old Mother Nature for coming up with this idea. Nature has been using bacteria and enzymes to eliminate waste since the beginning of time. At Unique, we take existing bacterial strains found in nature, isolate them, and replicate them and then add them to our products. Our bacterial strains are very consistent and highly-concentrated so you can get them same experience every time you use our products. Our bacteria are also in spore-form, which means they have a very long shelf-life (many years) and their spore-form makes them much more resilient than other bacteria-based products to things like heat, cold, antibacterial soaps, antibiotics, and salt water.
It's important to know that bacteria produce enzymes as part of the natural digestion process inside your holding tanks (more on that here). In the majority of our products, our enzymes are shed by naturally-occurring bacteria who create exactly the right enzymes for the task at hand. The beauty of this process is that these enzymes are extremely safe and specific - so you have exactly the type of enzymes you need in that specific situation to break down the waste effectively and efficiently.
In a few of our products we use enhanced enzymes that are not created by bacteria. These enzymes are added by us to jumpstart the waste digestion process - so you don't have to wait hours for the bacteria to shed the enzymes naturally. They begin working right away.
Bacteria Preserver: Propylene Glycol. A natural additive that allows a longer shelf life for our products. That's good for you because you don't have to use our products too quickly before they expire. It is commonly found in food and candy. Propylene Glycol is recognized by the US Government as a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) Ingredient.
Natural Fragrance: We use a very small amount of perfume in several of our products and we searched long and hard to find safe, environmentally friendly, fragrances with low allergenic properties. Our fragrances are only there to add a nice, light fragrance to the products - never to mask smells.
Water: This one seems fairly self explanatory!
Natural Mineral Blend: We use a blend of natural minerals in several of our powders that consists primarily of different types of salt. The salt helps soften the water so the bacteria can penetrate better and is also a good carrier for our bacteria.
Zinc Compound: This is our only non-safe ingredient and we've chosen to use it in our Tank Odor Eliminator Drop-In Pods because it offers great odor elimination in hot weather. We have clearly labeled on the product that it should be used with caution, but you really shouldn't be worried as we have packaged it in a way that will prevent you from inhaling it or getting it into your eyes. This product isn't any more dangerous than cleaners you use in your home or RV everyday, like bleach, many surface cleaners, degreasers, toilet cleaners, etc. It just needs to be used with caution in the same manner you would use any of these other household cleaners. It consists primarily of zinc sulfate monohydrate.
Surfactant: A readily biodegradable compound that lowers surface tension so that our products can clean deeper by penetrating the surface of the waste. Once there, our bacteria and enzymes biodegrade the problem leaving you with no smells, stains, or waste... only smiles.
pH Balancer: Sodium carbonate is added to some of our products to help balance the pH of the product. Sodium carbonate is recognized by the FDA as a Generally Recognized As Safe product - even for consumption in food.
Environmentally Friendly Colorant: We use a fractional amount of dye in a handful of products - primarily our RV Toilet Cleaner + Holding Tank Enhancer. We've gone to great lengths to find a colorant that is both non-toxic and eco-friendly.
If you would like further explanation on our products and the ingredients contained therein, please feel free to request an SDS sheet by emailing us here.