Enzymes are biological compounds that help speed up chemical reactions, which makes them perfect for cleaning up household messes. There are thousands of enzymes involved in everything from the cellular processes in your body to the decomposition of your trash, but enzyme cleaners are made using a few specific enzymes that break down biological substances like fats, oils, proteins, and starches. That means that instead of just wiping away the food on your kitchen counter or the mildew on the shower curtain, enzyme cleaners break down those stains into elements like oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Enzyme cleaners are non-toxic and biodegradable, meaning they are safe to use in any area of your home.

Because enzymes react with biological molecules they are perfect for cleaning up nasty pet stains on upholstery, carpets, or hard floors. The enzymes will actually break down the proteins in the stain, meaning that not only will the stain be gone but you can also get rid of any persistent smells. Always keep in mind that enzymes are biological molecules, which means they work differently than other cleaning products. They can sometimes take several hours or days to finish their work, and they will be damaged by extreme conditions, so use them with warm (not hot) water and don’t mix them with soap or other cleaners.