A little science goes a long way at Easter

Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a dippy egg and soldiers for breakfast. So it’s no surprise that around the world on Easter Day, Sunday best is consigned to the bin thanks to the staining power of the humble egg.

“But yolk stains needn’t spell death to our clothes,” says Leigh Murphy, Researcher at Danish biotech firm, Novozymes. “Egg yolk gets its yellow color from a natural dye. However, it’s the fat and protein content that makes the stains so difficult to remove.”

And Leigh should know. He is a specialist in stain removal and examines thousands of stains every year, particularly in the run up to Easter.

“It’s the enzymes added to modern detergents that attack proteins and fats: proteases and lipases, in particular. Extensive research has led me to discover that the most effective Easter stain remedy combines modern detergent with laundry folklore.”

Leigh’s Scientific ‘How To’ of Egg Stain Removal:

• Check your detergent contains enzymes. Enzymes are nature’s own cleaning products and are the secret to effective stain removal.
• Soak stained garments overnight in cold water (warm water will bind the egg to the fibers of your clothes more tightly).
• After most of the egg is removed with cold water, wash with your enzymatic detergent.
• White clothes should be washed with a detergent containing enzymes and a bleaching agent.