Detergent with enzymes
“Washes cleaner because it washes biologically.” Back in 1972, nearly every second wash was carried out at a temperature of 90°C. Today it’s not even one in ten. To a large extent this is due to the genetically engineered enzymes in detergents. Modelled on nature and then optimised, biocatalysts such as proteases, lipases, amylases and cellulases release their cleaning action agents at low temperatures. Which is why grease, blood or sauce stains have lost some of their fear factor. The enzymes even perform well in textile care: they biochemically nibble away at the tiny nodules that appear on cotton fabrics that make the fabric rough. The trick of the molecular helpers: they are able to break down large molecules of fat, protein, starch or tissues and the fragments can be easily washed away. The enzymes work in three profitable ways: the laundry is clean. Lower washing temperatures save energy and reduce CO2 emissions. And lastly, back in 1972, 220 grammes of washing powder was needed for a wash, today, it’s just 75 grammes.