What is the difference between soap and detergent?

Soap is sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids, and these days is usually used only for cleaning human skin, but in the past was used for many other cleaning purposes.

Detergent is a substance used for cleaning, so soap is a type of detergent. Detergents are often surfactants (as is soap), which help to dissolve oils in water, useful in cleaning dirty dishes or greasy skin.

Both detergent and soap can be harmful to skin (but are not always), and neither form kill or remove 100% of bacteria.
+ 13 others found this useful
Thanks for the feedback!

What is a detergent and how does it differ from soap?

Answer   Detergent is a type of liquid soap that is designed for a specific purpose such as cutting through grease on pans or dirt on clothing. ------------------------ (MORE)

What is difference between soa and soap?

SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) is a set of guidelines for designing loosely-coupled software systems. One of its goals is to allow for rapid business change.  SOAP (Sim (MORE)
In Laundry

The Basics of HE Laundry Soap

Technology is constantly changing the way people perform basic tasks in developed nations like the United States. Even chores like laundry are being changed by innovations. Hi (MORE)

What is the difference between HE laundry detergents and regular laundry detergent?

HE laundry detergents are High Efficiency detergents. They are  designed to make fewer suds than regular detergents and to work in  clothes washers that use less water.   (MORE)

What is the difference between hard soap and soft soap?

Soap is partially comprised of fatty acids; long molecules derived from plant or animal fat. The liquid soaps use shorter, fats, which tend to be more liquid than solid (comp (MORE)
In Kitchen

How to Use Regular Dish Soap in a Dishwasher

Dishwashers are one of the world's greatest inventions. They can save countless hours slaving over hand washing pots and pans. However, what is a person to do when they realiz (MORE)
In Shaving

Shaving Cream vs. Shaving Soap

In preparing for a close shave, there are two options available, shaving cream and shaving soap. In recent years, shaving cream has gained in popularity; both are highly benef (MORE)