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Soap - A cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetables or animal fats.

Detergent- A cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension.
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Soaps 1. Soaps are the sodium salts of long chain carboxylic acids 2. The ionic geoup in soaps is -coo-Na+ 3.soaps are not suitable for washing purpose when the water is hard 4. Soap are biodegradable 5. Soaps have relatively weak cleansing action Detergents: 1. Detergents are the sodium salts of long chain benzene sulphonic acid 2. The ionic group in detergent is -So3-Na+ 3. Detergents can be used for washing even when the water is hard 4.some of the detergents are not biodegradable 5. Dwtergents have a strong cleansing action.
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