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What is an enzyme, anyway?

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are ingredients that play a powerful role in removing stains and allow us to wash clothes in cold water. They work like the enzymes in our digestive system that help break down the food we eat.

How can I tell if enzymes are in my products?

The label should tell you. When in doubt, look for ingredients that end in -ase, like protease, lipase and cellulase. Each enzymes specializes in breaking down a particular type of organic soil, like protein-based or fat-based.

How can I learn more?

Log on to www.explorationclean.org, a narrated site designed to teach all about the science of cleaning.

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