Long have we been at the mercy of dangerous and toxic chemical cleaners. Bleach and ammonia became household staples, even at their known levels of toxicity. Instead of relying on the toxicity of their nature we have continued to modify and reconfigure chemicals in the pursuit of more powerful cleaning agents. All along letting these chemical cocktails into our homes. Microbial cleaning agents are a creative problem solver for households that want to remain less toxic. As more and more are discovered about enzymatic cleaning products we are able to apply this science and chemistry to other industries. This can and will influence the way we fabricate building materials as well as how we’ll be able to recycle and reuse them.
Using enzymatic cleaning agents have been around for more than thirty years and more and more is being discovered about how to manipulate them to become even more effective. Many detergents have microbial enzymes in them. They have been in household products for years but often combined with more toxic substances. Science is constantly trying to figure out how enzymatic cleaners can become socially current so that they do not have to be mixed with harsher chemicals that can be detrimental when overused in the home.
Microbial enzyme cleaning products have different agents that can address different kinds of messes. Proteins cause stains and enzymes are capable of breaking down these proteins by turning them into food for good bacteria. Lipase is an enzyme that is often used to reduce fatty stains as well as grease. Typical household cleaners combine many different enzymes that do various jobs. Proteases break down blood and food, amylases break down starches and lipases break down fats. These cleaners can be utilized across many platforms. Restroom cleaners, surface cleaners, carpet cleaning, and as odor eliminators, enzymes work in every crevice of the home.
While popular cleaning products work they come with a lot of side effects that are detrimental to homes as well as the environment. Enzyme cleaning products are safer for the environment and human health. They have the capability to get into smaller spaces than bigger molecule chemicals and can therefore clean on a deeper level. These microbial cleaners grow good bacteria by displacing the bad bacteria. Common products using harsh chemicals eradicates the good bacteria we need to thrive.
The critical comparison with enzymatic cleaners is that they can be compromised if not given the right environment to do their work. Temperature and PH can heighten or hinder their effectiveness. The benefits keep science working to hack enzymatic codes so that they work in many different conditions.
Although natural enzymatic cleaning products are becoming more common in the household, these products are also changing the face of other industries. Production of building materials and construction is also being affected. Enzymes can be used when cleaning reusable building materials. Enzymes can break down glues and stickies that are becoming more common in the industry. As we become more and more focused on recycling and reusing, materials need to be cleaned in the interim.
From textiles that decorate our couches to the food sitting in or refrigerator, microbial enzymes are at work. The future holds healthy sustaining environments for our families to thrive in. We have learned how to eradicate microbes, now it’s time to make that process sustainable.