This is a story about water—the element that makes up more than most of our body mass and probably seems, to a lot of people, a readily-accessible, never-ending source of life. To those lucky...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Dr. Pete explains the science behind balsamic vinegar stains and how to remove them.
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...
Ways to make wearing a non-medical face mask more practical, comfortable, and long-lasting for everyday life.
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.
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.
How to choose safe cleaning products for babies, infants & while nursing (& more).
Easy, earth-friendly ways to make your clothes — and your paycheck — last longer
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...
Everybody Spills. Learn how to clean it up with science using dirty Lab's cleaning tips and tricks. Click to read more.