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Explain Their Cleansing Action? - Chemistry

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Explain their cleansing action?

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Solution

The cleansing action of both soaps and detergents results from their ability to lower the surface tension of water, to emulsify oil or grease and to hold them in a suspension in water. This ability is due to the structure of soaps and detergents. In water, a sodium soap dissolves to form soap anions and sodium cations.

Concept: Properties
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Selina Concise Science Chemistry 1 Class 9 ICSE
Chapter 9 Practical Work
Exercise 9 (C) | Q 5.3 | Page 153
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