What are the major components and subsequent advantages that distinguish various household cleaners? (Ex, Soap and water vs 409, glass cleaners, mold/mildew type cleaners, etc?


I’m sure some of it has to do with some lipophilic solvent or stronger detergents to cut through grease, etc, but what about some specifics?

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Question Changed status to publish March 29, 2020

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Soap breaks down the surface tension of water so it gets in “more” places. Most laundry and dishes detergent starts off with palm oil (as weird as it seems.). Once the water surface tension is reduced, then cleaners differ by the damage (or lack of) they do to the underlying surface. And most home cleaners are made with ingredients found in other parts of a grocery store.

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