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Chemistry Now: It's a Wash: The Chemistry of Soap

It's a Wash: The Chemistry of Soap: explains how soaps and detergents--surfactants--work to break up grease and dirt on soiled surfaces, by breaking water's surface tension and suspending dirt and oil particles in water so everything can be wiped away.

Credit: NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation (NSF)

 

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