C&EN Cleaning Chemistry

Powder vs. liquid detergents – in C&EN

Detergents come in powder and liquid forms – what are the chemical differences, and how do their ingredients work together to clean your clothes? This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look! View the full graphic on the C&EN site, and check out the article this graphic accompanies which discusses the differences […]


The chemistry of dry cleaning – in C&EN

In the Northern hemisphere, it’s getting to the time of year where you may well be dragging your winter coat out of the wardrobe and taking it to the dry cleaners. Here, we explain how the dry-cleaning process works and the chemicals involved. Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic.

Inorganic Chemistry

The Chemistry of Limescale

Limescale is a substance you’ve undoubtedly encountered, be it clogging up your kettle, or building  up on your bathroom surfaces. But how does it get there in the first place, and how do limescale removers work to get rid of it? Those are the questions this graphic aims to answer.