Difference Between Soap and Detergent

Difference Between Soap and Detergent

Distinguish, differentiate, compare and explain what is the difference between Soap and Detergent. Comparison and Differences.

Differences between Soap and Detergent

S.No. Soap Detergent
1 Soaps are sodium or potassium salts of carboxilic acids (fatty acids) that is attached to a long aliphatic chain. Detergents are sodium salts of long chain benzene sulphonic acids or alkyl sulphates.
2 Soaps are produced by natural ingredients of plants and animals (fats, oils). Detergents are produced using synthetic resources; hydrocarbon of petroleum or coal.
3 Easily Biodegradable. Only few of them are Biodegradable.
4 They take time to dissolve in water. They dissolve faster in water.
5 Produces scum in hard water which affects its cleaning action. Hard water does not affects its cleaning action.
6 Soaps does not produces lather with hard water. Detergents produce lather with hard water.
7 Soap Examples: Sodium stearate, sodium palmitate. Detergent Examples: Sodium lauryl sulphate.


Difference between Detergent vs Difference Between Soap

Difference Between Soap vs Detergent

Differences between Detergent vs Difference Between Soap

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