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Soaps and Detergents


Soaps and detergents are artificial cleansers having cleansing action in water. Their molecules consist of long hydrocarbon chains with one polar end. In this example, when a dirty cloth is soaked in water containing soap/detergent, the molecules of soap/detergent gather around the stain and an aggregated particle, called micelle, is formed with oil trapped inside it.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you will be able to:
- Describe the structure of a soap and a detergent.
- Explain the cleansing action of soaps and detergents.
- Compare the cleaning capacity of soaps and detergents in hard water.

Keywords Molecules , Compound , Micelle , Hydrophobic
Controller Required Yes
Languages English - US , English - UK , 中文 , عربي
Domain K-12
Topic Code SS200165
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