DEA is used for production of Diethanolamides, which in turn is used for production of cosmetics and shampoo. DEA is is also used for detergent, cement ”grinding” as an additive in rust-protection agents, cutting oil, emulsifiers, lubricants, rubber and textile chemicals.
DEA is a clear, colourless, viscous liquid with a mild odour of ammonia. It is miscible with water (hygroscopic), ethanol and acetone. DEA reacts strongly with acids.