Both soap and detergent are some type of salts. What is the difference between them?
What is the difference between the molecules of soaps and detergents, chemically?
Difference between soap and detergent:-
Soap molecules are sodium or potassium salts of long-chain carboxylic acids. They form scum upon reaction with calcium and magnesium ions present in hard water.
Detergent molecules are ammonium or sulphonate salts of long-chain carboxylic acids. They do not form insoluble precipitates with calcium and magnesium ions.
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