The contamination of surfaces is detrimental in a wide range of applications, and can compromise for example the field of vision in cameras or lenses, lead to accumulation of ice on infrastructure, decrease the performance of solar cells, increase drag or allow pathogens to form biofilms. Fortunately, nature has evolved various powerful stratregies for the design of self-cleaning surfaces, which we aim to understand, mimick and translate into technologically useful applications. One of the key strategies in the Vogel lab is the design of lubricant-infused surfaces inspired by the pitcher plant. The peristome of the pitcher plant entraps water by a combination of matching surface chemistry and topography, forming a homogeneous liquid layer at its surface. The fluid nature of this interface prevents pinning of a second, contaminated liquid and provides a highly repellent, self-cleaning surface able to repel a wide range of contaminating liquids and complex fluids.