How Does Soap Work?

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Soap works by separating polar and non-polar molecules, such as water and grease, allowing the dirt and grime to be rinsed away from the surface. Understand the chemistry of soap with advice from a professional house cleaner in this free video on... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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I am Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to explain to you a little bit of how soap works. Any kind of soap whether it be laundry detergent or something you would use in the shower, dish soap, hand soap, it all pretty much works the same. There are polar and non-polar molecules and soap separates the two. So say you have a dirty bowl or anything, a window, the bathtub, add a little bit of soap and a little bit of water and just move the soap around to allow it to do it's job. To allow it to separate the molecules. It's pretty simple and it's an age old recipe that's been used for years so that is generally how soap is used and how it works. You always want to rinse the soap off of whatever you are cleaning, especially if it's dishes because you don't want to ingest most soaps unless they're non-toxic. I am Rachel Yatuzis and that is how soap works.