If you are a space enthusiast, have you ever wondered what astronauts do when their clothes get dirty and stink in space? Well if so, then you will know that they wear your clothes for an extended period until they throw them away to be destroyed. So to solve this problem, Tide is developing a space-friendly detergent to help astronauts wash their dirty clothes in space.
Tide ecological detergent
According to recent reports, NASA has partnered with Procter and Gamble, Tide’s parent company, to develop a special detergent for washing clothes in space. This will keep the astronauts’ clothing cool and wearable for a long period in space.
Now, for those who don’t know, astronauts go through hectic days inside a spaceship wearing the same clothes for a long time. And, considering that they exercise every day to avoid the bone-withering effects of weightlessness, you can imagine how dirty, sweaty, and stinky their clothes can be.
However, the astronauts continue to wear the clothing until they can no longer bear its stench or dirt. After this, they dump these dirty clothes aboard discarded cargo ships. As a result, NASA has to send more than 68kg of new clothing per year to astronauts working on the International Space Station (ISS), which becomes quite expensive and inefficient for space organizations.
So to solve this problem and help astronauts keep their clothes clean and fresh for a long time, Tide has announced the “PGTide Mission”. As an element of this mission, this company will send a pair of Tide detergent also stain removal experiments to this space station later this year.
The company will initially ship space-adapted detergents to astronauts in December. This will allow astronauts to test detergents and see how enzymes react after six months of weightlessness.
Following this, the company will send Tide To Go spot remover pens and wipes into space in May 2022. These will also be tested by astronauts aboard the space station.
A washing machine for space?
Now P&G, in addition to developing the space-friendly detergent, is reportedly also working on a washer-dryer device that can be used in space. The device will use minimal amounts of water and detergent to be efficient enough to function in space. However, one of the many challenges for astronauts would be to recycle the wash water to make it drinkable.
Regarding the delivery of the product to space, at the moment there is no information. However, NASA aims to ship the specialty detergent and the washing machine sooner rather than later. This is because the space organization wants the solution ready before the start of the next Artemis Mission to the Moon, which will take astronauts to the Moon in 2024.