Let’s rethink your future of clean

We can’t promise consumers will ever love doing laundry. But what if you could significantly boost your detergent’s cleaning power today, so consumers will love the clean they get. Let’s create brands they'll stick with by finding the sweet spot between performance, sustainability, and cost with biological detergents.

Benefits of enzyme-based laundry detergents

In Novozymes, we love laundry and that should be one main reason to partner with us for enzyme based detergents. Explore more reasons below.

From ideation to retailers’ shelves

We’re with you every step of the way. Let’s use insights to create brands consumers will love through co-creation.

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Get first-mover advantage with our innovation muscle

You’re launching products into an extremely crowded space. To really differentiate your brands, you need to set new standards of clean. Our game-changing biosolutions can help. We build them from our enzymatic laundry detergent portfolio, which is the broadest on the market and features unique, best-in-class biological detergent solutions. Through technical co-ideation, we can also develop customized biodegradable detergents to meet your needs.

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Expand into adjacent categories

With our biosolution enzymes for liquid detergents and detergent powder, you can launch innovative products that don’t just grow existing categories. They allow for innovation into adjacent categories to expand the entire cleaning product space. From laundry to dish, softeners, medical and even cleaning-in-place, we’ve helped customers expand the detergent space. And in every new application, we help you rethink your future of clean.

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Leverage our heritage and continuing commitment to innovation

Every enzyme class used in detergents today was first brought to market by our innovation muscle and insight generation. With a six-decade-strong track record of novel detergent product launches, we’ve got hundreds of patent families in the space.


Market-leading investment

This kind of market-leading innovation takes market-leading investment. That’s why we reinvest around 13% of our revenue into R&D. Our 1000+ scientists continuously optimize and future proof our biosolutions. And we also use our R&D muscle to investigate unmet consumer needs and design solutions to meet them.

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How enzyme based detergent can address key consumer concerns

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Stain removal

Enzymes are designed by nature to be specific. They target only one substance. Our amylase enzyme will only target starch stains, where our protease enzyme will only target protein stains.

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Fabric and color care

Consumers who see signs of aging on their clothes such as fuzz and pills, color fading and surface roughness are likely to discard them even if they’re still in style. Care cellulase enzymes in your detergent can save clothes from premature disposal.

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Whiteness & brightness

In every laundry load, dirt particles in the wash water are redeposited onto otherwise clean clothes. The result is graying whites and dull colors. Cleaning cellulase enzymes in your biological laundry detergent can help.

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Hygienically clean

Consumers all over the world want to be delighted by the pure scent of fresh and the sight of completely clean clothes after every wash.​ With our freshness solutions for enzymatic laundry detergents you can give them just that.

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Solving all at once

Our suite of high-performing enzymes for detergent powder and enzymes for liquid detergent are available in blends - the simple, cost-effective way to ensure that your laundry detergents deliver the cleaning and fabric care consumers demand.

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Our solutions for stain removal

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 enzymatic laundry detergent helps fight these stains.

Grease stains

Fast-paced lifestyles mean more fast foods. Unfortunately, fast foods and other oily dishes leave behind stains that are slow to disappear. Lipases in your enzyme-based laundry detergent does away with oily stains.

Pectin stains

The pectin that’s found naturally in the cell walls of fruit and vegetables and used as a gelling agent in foods like jams, yoghurt drinks and smoothies leaves stubborn brown stains. Pectate lyase can help.

Protein stains

From dairy products, eggs and meat to blood and grass, consumers are battling protein in every laundry load. With proteases in your enzymatic laundry detergents, you can help them win the battle.

Gum stains

Guar and locust bean gums are used in a wide range of foods and personal care products. Mannanases in your enzymatic laundry detergent help remove their sticky, hard-to-remove stains.

The role of enzymes in laundry detergents

Uniquely renewable and biodegradable cleaning power

Enzymes are proteins found everywhere in nature. When one substance needs to be transformed into another, nature uses them to speed up and control the process. So if you want to improve your detergent’s efficiency and sustainability, our enzymes can help.

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Sourced from renewable microbes

All living things make enzymes, but we collect ours from microbes. That’s because they’re very effective enzyme producers. Microbes are also fully renewable, unlike the sources of fossil-based detergent ingredients. And in our production, we don't even waste the nutrient-rich broth in which we ferment our enzymes. Once we’re finished with it, we prepare it for use as a farm fertilizer.

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A biotech toolbox that helps billions of consumers

Every single week, half of the world’s population clean their clothes with the help of our enzymes. And six decades in, we know that doing more with less is the way forward. Because of this, changing the combination of enzymes can be a gamechanger for any formulation. And to achieve that breakthrough, we offer you protein engineering at the highest level. More precisely, it means access to a unique combination of powerful AI technology, production scalability like no other – and then an enzyme library containing more than 100,000 different microorganisms. Combined, this biotech toolbox will put your brand ahead of the game – by innovating your product with enzymatic solutions that are both high-performing and eco-friendly, providing you with green claims that will win your customers’ trust.   

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