The Science of Cleaning: Use the Power of Chemistry to Clean Smarter, Easier, and Safer-With Solutions for Every Kind of Dirt (Paperback)

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The Science of Cleaning: Use the Power of Chemistry to Clean Smarter, Easier, and Safer-With Solutions for Every Kind of Dirt (Paperback)

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The definitive, science-backed guide to cleaning everything in your home in a safe, sustainable, evidence-based way


“A great reference for anyone stumped by reluctant-to-leave dirt—and far cheaper than hiring a professional.”Booklist


Countless cleaning hacks for every kind of household dirt may vie for our attention, but how do we know which ones really work and which ones will only leave you with a sticky mess that doesn’t actually do the job? Scientific evidence comes to the rescue, as chemistry professor Dario Bressanini teaches you everything worth knowing about cleaning agents and processes (and dispels plenty of myths, too). He answers all of our most pressing housekeeping questions:



  • Is it more efficient to wash dishes in the sink or in the dishwasher?

  • Does bleach remove dirt?

  • Which cleaning supplies should I buy, and which can I make at home?

  • Can vinegar and baking soda actually unclog your drain?

  • How can I most effectively tackle different types of stains?

  • What can get rid of that stuff on my showerhead?




Bressanini covers subjects like these by digging into chemistry basics such as solubility, pH, and concentration, bringing them out of the classroom and into the real-world chores that we deal with every day. Laundry, dishes, sinks, bathtubs, counters, floors, and more—no matter what you’re cleaning, this book explains how to choose the right tools for the task, save yourself unnecessary effort, and stay eco-friendly by avoiding waste.


The Science of Cleaning reminds us that science can be both useful and exciting. With Bressanini’s help, you can keep your home, your belongings, and yourself clean—with the confidence that only centuries of advancements in chemistry can provide.



Dario Bressanini, PhD, is a chemist, science communicator, and YouTuber. He is a professor at the Department of Science and High Technology of the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, where he teaches and conducts research. In his home country, Bressanini has a large social media following and has published several bestselling books about the science of everyday things. He also writes monthly articles about chemistry in the kitchen for the Italian edition of Scientific American (Le Scienze).
Product Details ISBN: 9781891011320
ISBN-10: 1891011324
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: May 21st, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English
Offers us science at its most elementary, with easy-to-understand explanations of, for instance, surfactants and what they do. . . . unpacks common myths, such as whether to add water to dishwashing detergent, how often to launder clothes, and what baking soda and vinegar do together (nothing useful). Charts show the difference between, say, hard and soft soap, and introduce new words. . . in short, a great reference for anyone stumped by reluctant-to-leave dirt—and far cheaper than hiring a professional.
— Booklist