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DuPont, P&G product cleans clothes, saves energy

Aaron Nathans, The News Journal 15 Mar 2014

When a care label says to wash a garment in warm water, common sense says to follow the instructions.

But DuPont has been teaming up with Procter & Gamble to help consumers find a way to rebel a little, to wash those clothes in cold water, with no worse a wash – and to save electricity.

Each year, there are 200,000 tons or more of modified starches used in the food and beverage industry each year, and some of it is bound to end up on clothing, DuPont said.

P&G "came to us with a challenge," said Luis Cascao-Pereira, the head of biochemistry at DuPont Biosciences – to drop the temperature of clothes-washer water from 90 degrees Fahrenheit to 60 degrees, with no compromise in performance. Detergent, he said, chops up stains, but it happens a lot more slowly in cold water.

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