Detergents & soaps

By Tanner Bryant


Soaps and detergents are used frequently in our daily life. We use them to wash our hands and clean our clothes without ever really paying attention to how they work. Beneath the plain white surface of a bar of Ivory soap lies an intriguing history and a powerful chemistry.


Soaps and detergent


Soaps and detergents are very similar in their chemical properties. However, there is a significant difference between them; soaps are produced from natural products, and detergents are synthetic, or man-made.