Ask Dr. Pete: What are Optical Brighteners and Why Should We Care?

Ask Dr. Pete: What are Optical Brighteners and Why Should We Care?

Before we dive deep into the exciting world of optical brighteners (we know you’re on the edge of your seat), we want to tell you a bit about Dr. Pete.A product inventor, innovator, and sustai...
Dirty Collabs: Sarah Nsikak, Clothing Designer

Dirty Collabs: Sarah Nsikak, Clothing Designer

The Brooklyn-based designer Sarah Nsikak makes beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces. As a first-generation Nigerian-American and driven by her love of textiles, she created the brand La Réunion to cele...
What is Wishcycling?

What is Wishcycling?

You probably have a recycling bin in your kitchen full of empty takeout containers, bottles, cans, and egg cartons. Given the statistics (90% of the US population), you probably believe in recycli...
5 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Plastic

5 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Plastic

July is a great month! It’s warm and sunny and it’s Plastic Free July, thanks to a nonprofit organization of the same name. Here are some great ways to cut back on your plastic use—and even go plastic free this summer (or forever!). Read on to learn more.
Ask Dr. Pete: What is Green Chemistry?

Ask Dr. Pete: What is Green Chemistry?

A product inventor, innovator, and sustainability expert, he’s the brains behind our Bio Laundry Detergent and was a founding member of The Sustainability Consortium. This month he’s back with a thoughtful explainer on Green Chemistry—and why it matters today. Learn more.
Let's Talk About Pit Stains—And How to Clean 'Em

Let's Talk About Pit Stains—And How to Clean 'Em

Most people sweat. Some more than others. During the summer especially, or in hotter climates, or while exercising, grocery shopping, and in stressful work meetings. Sometimes, you just sweat! Swea...
Dirty Collabs: Ryan Harms, Founder of Union Wine Company
06/05/21 Dirty Collabs

Dirty Collabs: Ryan Harms, Founder of Union Wine Company

We interviewed Ryan Harms, Founder and Owner of Oregon-based Union Wine Company, on his growing and fermentation process, and why he can’t imagine doing anything else for a living. Read on to learn more. 

Ask Dr. Pete: How does hard water affect cleaning?

Ask Dr. Pete: How does hard water affect cleaning?

Dr. Pete is back with an in-depth explainer on how hard or soft water can affect the efficacy of your cleaning products. Read on to learn more.

Our Favorite Sustainable Wine Brands

Our Favorite Sustainable Wine Brands

Welcome to rosé season! In winemaking, sustainability can be expensive and complicated, so props to those who are doing what they can. With that, and to celebrate the fact that it’s warm enough to drink outside now, here are our favorite sustainable wine brands you should be drinking too. 

Camper van on a grassy field

#VanLife: A Road Trip Packing List

Wherever you’re headed this summer, you’ll need some things along the way to make it a comfortable trip. We’ve rounded up our essential (and sustainably-focused) packing list. Read on for more.
What to Do About Wine Stains?

What to Do About Wine Stains?

What makes wine stains so pesky? Our Dirty Labs chemists break it down and give you solutions to removing wine stains from your clothes. Read on to learn more.
Tips for a More Sustainable Swim Wardrobe

Tips for a More Sustainable Swim Wardrobe

It’s the best time of year. Temperatures are on the rise, the sun is coming out, and with vaccines now widely available, you’ll hopefully be packing for your first vacation — in over a year — in no time. First thing on your list: Swimwear. But let’s talk about that for a minute.
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05/05/21 Ask Dr. Pete

Ask Dr. Pete: A Breakdown of Reproductive Toxins

A product inventor, innovator, and sustainability expert, he’s the brains behind our Bio Laundry Detergent and was a founding member of The Sustainability Consortium. This month he’s back with an in-depth explainer on cleaning products and the reproductive toxins most often found in their formulas.
The Stubbornness of Grass Stains: Solved

The Stubbornness of Grass Stains: Solved

Grass stains seem to have a sentimental attachment to our psyches. But they can be frustrating. An abundance of grass* and the resulting prevalence of stains leads one to believe it is just part of life. Read on to learn how to remove these summer stains.
Dirty Collabs: Alexandra Scranton, Director of Science and Research, WVE
05/05/21 Dirty Collabs

Dirty Collabs: Alexandra Scranton, Director of Science and Research, WVE

Alexandra Scranton is the Director of Science and Research at Women’s Voices for the Earth. We spoke to Scranton about some of her current research, what each of us should know, and how we can all help. Read the interview.
What Are Enzyme Detergents and How Do They Work?

What Are Enzyme Detergents and How Do They Work?

Enzymes are byproducts of all living organisms. They are not living organisms themselves; instead, they are proteins that act as catalysts and create many essential biochemical reactions. How do they work in laundry detergents? Read on to learn more. 
Ask Dr. Pete: On Cellulases and Synthetics vs. Natural Ingredients

Ask Dr. Pete: On Cellulases and Synthetics vs. Natural Ingredients

A product inventor, innovator, and sustainability expert, he's the brains behind our Bio Laundry Detergent and was a founding member of The Sustainability Consortium. This month's he's back with more helpful knowledge about cellulases and the real difference between synthetics and natural ingredients.
What is Greenwashing?

What is Greenwashing?

Greenwashing — also known as “green sheen” — is a lie. You’ve seen it before. You might have fallen for it, maybe you’re a skeptic. It’s the marketing that occurs around green-ness, or sustainability, designed to persuade consumers into thinking a product is “good” for the environment. 

How To Remove Blood Stains From Clothes

How To Remove Blood Stains From Clothes

Bloodstains are notorious for their steadfastness in staying in fabric and other things after washing. Read on to learn why blood stains are so hard to remove and how to get rid of them.  

Why is Cat Pee So Tough to Clean?

Why is Cat Pee So Tough to Clean?

We know urine in general is stinky but what makes cat urine so much worse? We asked our chemists why. Read on to learn more about the science and how to get rid of it.
Dirty Collabs: Dan Brunn, Architectural Designer
04/03/21 Dirty Collabs

Dirty Collabs: Dan Brunn, Architectural Designer

Born in Tel Aviv and raised in Los Angeles, Israli-American architect Dan Brunn has won awards for his form-follows-function, sustainable approach to design. Read the interview.
Dirty Collabs: Jess Dealy, Atmospheric Scientist and Renewable Energy Expert

Dirty Collabs: Jess Dealy, Atmospheric Scientist and Renewable Energy Expert

A longtime Brooklyn resident currently living in Upstate New York, Jess Dealy knows a lot about something you might have never heard of: offshore wind energy. (If you surf, you might think this has...
The Science Behind Mustard and How to Get Rid of It (or Cry Trying)

The Science Behind Mustard and How to Get Rid of It (or Cry Trying)

We asked Troy Graham, one of our Dirty Chemists (and inventor of more than a few well known cleaning products loved by moms and dads across America), to tackle mustard - a notoriously difficult sta...
Why Do Moths Eat Wool? How to Keep your Sweaters Safe.

Why Do Moths Eat Wool? How to Keep your Sweaters Safe.

Keeping the clothes you already have safe and in good condition is one of the best ways to be sustainable with your wardrobe. With winter on its way out (if slowly), here’s a story about moths, why and how they destroy your clothes, and how to keep them safe all year.
Ask Dr. Pete: How to Remove Balsamic Vinegar Stains

Ask Dr. Pete: How to Remove Balsamic Vinegar Stains

Dr. Pete explains the science behind balsamic vinegar stains and how to remove them. 

What Can Home Cleaning Learn From Clean Beauty?

What Can Home Cleaning Learn From Clean Beauty?

Let’s keep this clean. When it comes to health, the products you clean your house with matter as much as the ones you use on your body. In the past, their formulas tended to be pretty similar to e...
Chocolate & Your Clothes: A Love Story

Chocolate & Your Clothes: A Love Story

Everybody loves chocolate. Sure, you probably know people who’d typically choose gummy bears or vanilla flavored candy to chocolate, but according to science, chocolate is “better than kissing” whe...
Dirty Collabs: Grizkid, Bear Biologist

Dirty Collabs: Grizkid, Bear Biologist

Growing up in his beloved home state of Montana, Wes Larson, a wildlife and bear biologist known on his social media platforms as “grizkid,” had two things on his mind: wildlife and dinosaurs. His ...
Ask Dr. Pete: On Color Protecting Detergents & Reading Product Labels
01/31/21 Ask Dr. Pete

Ask Dr. Pete: On Color Protecting Detergents & Reading Product Labels

Dr. Pete is back with more helpful knowledge, including how to decipher what’s wrong (or not) with your shampoo’s ingredient list and the chemistry behind how color protecting detergents work. Read on to learn more.
A butcher wearing a surgical mask slices cured meats.

5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Facemask

Ways to make wearing a non-medical face mask more practical, comfortable, and long-lasting for everyday life. 

Front of Malin Landeaus Vintage shop
12/31/20 Dirty Collabs

Dirty Collabs: Malin Landaeus, Vintage Seller

A Swedish immigrant with a background in tailoring, fashion and organic textiles, Malin Landaeus opened her namesake vintage store in Brooklyn almost fifteen years ago. We talked to her about why she no longer buys anything new, what makes a good vintage shoe, and how the future of consumerism is in our own hands. 

Ask Dr. Pete: On Sanitizing and Sensitive Skin – Tips & Alternatives

Ask Dr. Pete: On Sanitizing and Sensitive Skin – Tips & Alternatives

Dr. Pete is back with more helpful knowledge: everything you need to know about sanitizing, including but not limited to whether there is such a thing as too much; and answering questions you may have asked yourself recently, such as “do I have eczema or is it just winter?”
How to Wash Activewear and Workout Clothes: A Guide

How to Wash Activewear and Workout Clothes: A Guide

Many of us make the mistake of washing and drying our athletic wear and technical apparel as we do everything else we wear. But activewear is not like the rest of your closet — technical apparel is often made from synthetic fabrics containing stretch or special properties and technologies like moisture-wicking and waterproofing, either integrated into their fabric fibers or applied as a coating. 

7 Ways To Reduce Waste & Produce Less Waste At Home

7 Ways To Reduce Waste & Produce Less Waste At Home

We’ve been trained to look for what’s most convenient, even if that compromises the wellbeing of our planet. Now, in order to conserve, individuals have to create their own systems within the wider system: it’s up to each of us to reduce waste. It comes down to changes in habit.
How To Limit Screen Time for Yourself – Tip & Ideas

How To Limit Screen Time for Yourself – Tip & Ideas

Research on the effects of screen time is ongoing and ever changing. In fact, the term "screen time" itself is already passé. There is plenty we don’t know. But patterns are emerging across everything from personal anecdotes — “if I look at my phone past 11 PM I can’t fall asleep” — to actual studies like this 2019 one from Harvard that explains how our digital devices affect things like sleep and creativity by depriving our brains of boredom and suppressing melatonin secretion.