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: 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...
How to Do a Load of Laundry: A Guide

How to Do a Load of Laundry: A Guide

Maybe you’ve been doing laundry for years. Maybe it’s your first time. Here’s how to do the job properly while keeping sustainability top of mind.
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.
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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. 

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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.
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12/03/20 Ask Dr. Pete

Ask Dr. Pete: On "Permastank" and Tips for Chronic Spillers

Dr. Pete is back: as 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 here to help, answering everyday questions for chronic spillers and how to get rid of “permastank,” plus why it happens in the first place. Read on for more. 
Dirty Collabs: Karl Jarvis, Conservation Biologist
12/03/20 Dirty Collabs

Dirty Collabs: Karl Jarvis, Conservation Biologist

A Utah native who has spent the past couple decades researching the effects of man-made roads on local wildlife, Karl Jarvis, PhD., is a conservation biologist and professor based in Southwestern Utah. Curious about his work, we talked to Karl about his research and some of his findings over the years, what he’s working on now, and the role he thinks we each have to play in conserving wildlife wherever we are. 

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Good Clean Family Planning: A Clean Ingredient Guide for Families

How to choose safe cleaning products for babies, infants & while nursing (& more).
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Extending the Life of Garments, Fabrics (& Earth)

Easy, earth-friendly ways to make your clothes — and your paycheck — last longer

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08/18/20 Ask Dr. Pete

Meet Dr. Pete: An Interview with Our Chief Scientist

As 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. We spoke with Dr. Pete to...
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How to Create Positive Vibes At Home: 5 Ways

5 simple ways to love the place you live even moreHome is where the heart is. Home is also, depending whom you ask, where a lot of other things happen—where the cat rips up the sofa, where the lau...
A close up of a person with red nail polish holding cherry tomatoes in front of their white clothing.

How Your Stain Removal Tricks Really Work

Everybody Spills. Learn how to clean it up with science using dirty Lab's cleaning tips and tricks. Click to read more.
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Benefits of a 1,4-dioxane Free Laundry Detergent

We made a laundry detergent that’s safe for you and the planet. 1,4-Dioxane is one thing we left out: here’s why.You’re probably not going to find 1,4-Dioxane on a label, but that doesn’t mean it...