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The molecule that makes up soap or detergent has a polar head and a nonpolar tail. In chemistry, compounds that are polar like to mix with other polar compounds and compounds that are nonpolar like to mix with other nonpolar compounds. This is why oil and water don't mix. Water is polar and oil is nonpolar. Oil and grease are a nonpolar compounds. When in water the soap molecules will arrange themselves in such a way that the nonpolar tails surround the grease creating a spherical droplet. On the face of this sphere is the polar heads of the soap molecule. This allows it to interact with the polar water. This is how soap and laundry detergent are able to remove oil and grease and wash it down the drain.

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