What is Enzyme Laundry Detergent?

Have you ever said, “there aren’t enough hours in the day”? We are guessing the answer is yes. One of the most daunting and time-consuming tasks tends to be laundry and quite impressive how much dirty laundry one family can produce in a week! Your laundry routine can become even more time consuming when you are faced with clothes that have stains. This is where enzyme laundry detergent comes in to make your life a little bit easier.

There is a lot of buzz about enzyme detergent and its power to fight stains. With its all-natural ingredients, enzymes have become a common ingredient used in laundry detergent. So, what are they, how do they work, and should you use laundry detergents that are formulated with enzymes? When it comes to washing your family’s clothes, we know it’s important to understand what is in your detergent and that you are getting a powerful clean. Our pros at all® laundry are here to pr the information you are looking for.

WHAT IS AN ENZYME ANYWAY?

WHAT IS AN ENZYME

Enzymes are biological molecules that work to speed up chemical reactions. Because enzymes can be reused, a single enzyme can catalyze thousands of chemical reactions per second, meaning a small number of enzymes can cause a big effect. Enzymes work to break down protein like carbohydrate and fat stains.

In order to create a laundry detergent that was more environmentally friendly, enzymes began to be used in laundry detergents in the 1930’s and can now be found in some of the most popular cleaning products. When used in laundry detergent, enzymes target specific types of stains and break down molecules into smaller pieces that can be washed away.

WHY ARE ENZYMES USED IN DETERGENTS?

Simply put, enzymes are used in detergent because they are safer and cleaner. Enzyme-based laundry detergents, such as all® free clear clean&care, are effective on different types of stains, without the need to use hot water. The beauty of enzymes is that once their job is done, they break down and don’t remain on your freshly clean clothes.

There are different enzymes used in laundry detergents and depending on the type of stain you are trying to remove. Here are a few of the most common enzymes included in laundry care products:

Protese: works to remove protein-based stains
Amylase: works to break down starches and carbohydrates in stains
Mannanase: works to fight food-based stains and to clean sugar molecules from clothes
Pecatinase: removes stains from fruits and other such substances

HOW DO ENZYMES WORK IN LAUNDRY DETERGENT?

Enzymes work synergistically with the main actives in detergents (surfactants) so it’s a win-win. They boost cleaning and target very specific stains. Enzymes can break the stain up into smaller pieces that are then easier for surfactants to remove.

COMMON ENZYME DETERGENT MYTHS

With the rise in popularity of any product, there are bound to be false rumors floating around claiming potential problems. Here are a few examples of myths about enzyme-based laundry detergent.

  • Enzyme Detergents lead to skin irritations and rashes. In numerous investigations of adverse skin reactions, studies have shown that enzyme-based detergents were not responsible for the skin complaints and are safe to use.

  • Enzyme detergents wear down clothes. There has been criticism that enzyme detergent can cause damage to the strength of fabric and wear down clothes. The truth is, studies show that enzymes may actually improve fabric quality.

IT’S TIME TO GIVE ENZYME DETERGENT A TRY

enzyme laundry detergent

Now that you have an understanding of enzyme laundry detergent, it’s time to give it a try. With it’s stain fighting power while still being gentle on skin, all free clear pure liquid detergent is 99% bio-based and is 100% free of phosphates, perfumes and dyes. If your family is in need of a detergent that is tough on stains, lifts odors, whitens and brightens, it’s time to check out all® mighty pacs® 4-in-1 stainfighighting detergent, formulated with enzymes for a powerful clean.

RELATED ARTICLES

  • Common Kid Stains: How to Treat Your Kids’ Messiest Stains

    Are you wondering how to treat your kid's messiest stains? From mud stains to grass stains, all® has the information you need to treat the messiest of stains. 

  • How to Reduce Allergens in Clothes: 6 Tips for Allergen Removal

    Are you wondering how to reduce allergens in your clothes? Read on for all® laundry’s allergen removal tips. 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS IN THIS ARTICLE

  • {{searchResult.imageAlt}}

    all® free clear clean care liquid detergent

  • {{searchResult.imageAlt}}

    all® free clear pure liquid detergent

  • {{searchResult.imageAlt}}

    all® odor lifter mighty pacs®

  • {{searchResult.imageAlt}}

    all® OXI mighty pacs®