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 […]

Chemistry in the News

The chemistry behind why you shouldn’t eat laundry pods

Laundry pods have featured in the news this week after cases of people eating them in what’s being referred to as the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’. In case you didn’t already realise that this is a pretty terrible idea, this graphic looks at the chemical reasons why you really don’t want them anywhere near your mouth.


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.

Miscellaneous Graphics

The Chemistry of Stain Removal

Stains on clothes can be a pain to shift – luckily chemistry is on hand to help out! A range of different molecules are present in stain removers and detergents to help shift grease and dirt, and they can work in different ways. This graphic takes a look at how we can categorise different types […]