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What Is an Enzyme Cleaner?

Whether you want an enzyme laundry spray or need to learn how to use an enzyme on carpet, our expert guide walks you through effective cleaning tips!

Written by Tenley Haraldson.
Reviewed by Cleaning Expert Sean Busch.


They're in tons of cleaning products and laundry detergents, but what is an enzyme cleaner? And why have these plant-based ingredients become so popular recently?

From erasing smudges to eliminating odors, discover why an enzyme cleaner is a must-have in everyone's home.

What Are Enzymatic Cleaners?

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Plant enzymes are proteins that help break down a wide variety of organic materials so plants can absorb nutrients. Each one provides different natural chemical reactions. For instance: amylase splits carbohydrates into simple sugars while lipase breaks fats and oils down into fatty acids.

When you use an enzyme based cleaner, it gets in between cracks, crevices, and fibers to break down stains (and subsequent odors) until the particles are totally eradicated. And the best enzyme solutions do it without the harsh detergents and caustic chemicals.

Check the Label: Your Enzyme Cleaner Might Not Erase Every Stain

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Check your product's ingredient label: Just because it's an enzyme cleaner doesn't mean it can remove every stain and odor!

We recommend our 99.51% Natural Stain Remover because it utilizes all six plant-based enzymes. That means our enzyme solution combats just about every smudge, speck, and blemish in its path. Our closest competitor only uses four.

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Does an Enzyme Cleaner Disinfect Surfaces?

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While an enzyme cleaner certainly breaks down organic stains and odors, only cleaning and disinfecting will kill the remaining pathogens.

How Do Enzyme Cleaners Work?

Puracy's enzymatic cleaners can be used on any washable surface for:

  • Laundering an item in the washing machine (e.g. clothing, linens, diapers)
  • Using a steam cleaner (carpets, upholstery, car floor mats)
  • Washing textile surfaces by hand

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Basically, if the fabric can get wet, these products will help clean and refresh it.

Using an Enzyme Spray for Clothes & Washable Fabrics

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From removing pit stains to red wine on a tablecloth, these simple steps should take care of the issue:

1. Spray & Wait

Fully saturate the affected area with Puracy Stain Remover. We recommend waiting at least 15 minutes before laundering, but your enzyme laundry spray will work better if you wait at least 8 hours.

Pro Tip: For wool or linen items, don't leave the Stain Remover on for more than one hour.

2. Scrub

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Use a boar hair detailing brush or old toothbrush to gently scrub the treated area (you can even agitate the fabric by rubbing it together). We prefer boar’s hair for delicate fabrics like silk.

3. Launder

Add the item(s) to your washing machine and run a load according to the fabric care instructions. From sweat to chocolate to coffee, the four plant-based enzymes in Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent fully disintegrate any remaining elements that might be wedged in fabric fibers. And our clean-rinse formula means they're totally removed.

4. Repeat (if Necessary)

A word of caution: Drying cycles can actually "bake" the stain into fabric. Until you’re sure that the stain is completely gone, air dry the item(s) in question. If you can still see discoloration, repeat steps 1-3.

How to Use Enzyme Cleaners on Upholstery

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Some surfaces (like couches and chairs) obviously can’t be tossed into the washing machine. Try these easy steps to zap stains:

1. Spray & Wait

Use Puracy Natural Stain Remover to thoroughly saturate the surface. Wait at least 15 minutes.

2. Scrub

For tough stains, work the stain remover into the fabric and let it sit for at least 8 hours. We recommend using a boar’s hair brush or a soft toothbrush.

3. Blot, Rinse, Repeat

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Fill a bowl with warm water, saturate a clean microfiber cloth, and gently wring it out. Lightly press into the stain, rinsing and wringing your cloth out as often as necessary. Continue until the stain and the stain remover are rinsed from the fabric. Larger stains may need 1-2 clean cloths.

How to Use an Enzyme Cleaner on Carpet

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We believe that home surfaces should be free of caustic chemicals and fumes – and that’s especially true for surfaces your family plays, snuggles, and naps on. To totally eradicate smudges and smells, check out our straightforward guide on using an enzyme carpet cleaner.

Using Enzyme Cleaners to Remove Pet Stains & Odors

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We know how frustrating pet accidents can be. That's why our Natural Pet Stain & Odor Remover totally eradicates smells from deep within fabric and carpets. We mean it: This dirt, hairball, vomit, and cat urine enzyme cleaner really works at removing pet stains!

We've Created the Best Enzyme Cleaner, Guaranteed

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Life gets messy, but that doesn’t mean you need to settle for questionable ingredients or complicated instructions.

We’re so confident in our plant-based enzyme cleaners that if you don’t absolutely love them, we’ll refund your purchase. No questions, no hassles, no returns necessary. That's the Puracy promise!