Mannanases for sticky gum stains
Guar and locust bean gums are used in a wide range of foods and personal care products. Mannanases in your laundry detergent help remove their sticky, hard-to-remove stains.
Guar and locust bean gums - common additives
From mayonnaise to cosmetics, most products that need thickening and stabilizing contain guar or locust bean gum. These common additives, also known as E410 and E412, are used as a gelling agent in processed and convenience foods as well as personal care products. They give your ice-cream and body lotion a smooth texture, and keep your ketchup and salad dressing free of lumps.
Gums - a growing challenge for detergents
Guar and locust bean gums may solve a challenge for the personal care and food sectors, but the mannan-based stains they leave behind create a challenge for laundry detergents. They’re difficult to remove, and because the gums are added to such a wide variety of products, they’re hard to avoid. And with the trend towards healthier eating, they’re becoming more and more common. Guar and locust bean gums are a key component of many diet foods. In 2017 alone, 684 new low-fat/low-sugar food products with guar and locust bean gum launched in Europe (Mintel Global New Products Database).
Common mannan stains
Mannanases at work – see a mannan stain disappear
Because mannan molecules are formed of long chains of sugars, their stains are difficult for detergents to remove. Mannanase enzymes attack mannan stains by cutting mannan molecules into tiny sugars that dissolve in the wash water. Detergent can now lift the mannan stains away from the fabric.
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