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What is the difference between soap and detergent?

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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.
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What kind of soap is detergent and makes it different from regular soap?

Answer   Detergent is a substance based on petroleum products. Soap is a waxy solid made from sodium hydroxide mixed with fats. The principal difference between soaps and

What ways differ soap and detergent?

detergents are the sodium salts of alkyl suphonic acids. They contain a sulphonic acid group istead of a carboxyl group. soaps are made up of Na and Mg salts of organic fatty

How is soap different from detergent?

Soap is a triacylglyceride derviative (fat) while detergents are often produced synthetically. The head-group of soap a molecule is usually a carboxylate anion while common de

What is the difference between soap and detergent as to their structural formula?

  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.

Difference between soap and detergent?

The two words can be used interchangeably in everyday conversation (I have heard both 'laundry soap' and 'laundry detergent' used). Chemically though,"Detergent" refers to any

What is the difference between regular detergent and HE detergent?

HE is usually higher concentrated and you can use less. HE stands for High Efficiency. The short answer is that you only need to use half the amount of detergent to accomplis

Why do detergents and soap differ?

  A detergent is a substance that cleans soiled surfaces. Soap is a type of detergent. But detergent usually refers only to synthetic detergents, which have a different ch

Similarity between soaps and detergents?

Soaps and detergents may contain the same ingredients, for example  fats. Both items can be used for cleaning and laundering purposes.  Detergent is simply soap with other t