Amylases for stubborn starch stains

The starch in stains from ready-made, processed and convenience foods like sauces, dressings and desserts is one reason why they’re so stubborn. Amylases in your laundry detergent can help.

Convenience foods - part of modern life

On-the-go modern lifestyles demand convenience foods, but these foods often mean very inconvenient stains. From the ketchup eaten all around the globe to tonkatsu sauce in Japan and tofu stew in China, the world’s convenience foods all have one common denominator: starch. 

Starch stains – impossible to avoid 

The global growth in convenience foods along with the food industry’s use of starch as a thickener means that starch-based stains are almost impossible to avoid. This added starch also acts as glue for other dirt particles in the air and in the wash water, making starch stains even worse.   

"The global growth in convenience foods… means that starch-based stains are almost impossible to avoid"

Common starch stains


Found on dinner tables around the world, ketchup is also used as a base for other sauces.

Tomato sauce

Also known as marinara or pasta sauce, this is also often used as a pizza topping.

Baby food

Busy parents who don’t have time to cook and puree rely on ready-made baby foods.

How amylases break down starch stains

Starch molecules are formed of long chains of sugars, making them difficult for detergents to remove. That’s why stains containing starch are so stubborn. Amylase enzymes cut the starch molecules into tiny sugars that are lifted off the fabric in the wash more easily.

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High compatibility with other enzymes
Boron free stabilizer
Tough temperature conditions
Suited for cold wash
Strong chelators compatibility
Stable in water rich formulations
High pH formulations
Stability for multi-enzyme detergents
Built-in boron-free stabilizer
Designed for tough conditions
Performs well in cold washes
Stable in presence of strong chelators
Stable in water-rich formulations
Stable in high pH formulations

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