What is the physical (or chemical) mechanism by which soap (liquid and/or bar) cleans you?


I always assumed it has something to do with the foam, but I’m not quite sure what.

I also assume that shampoo and toothpaste work in a similar way, but with different chemicals that provide specific benefits to hair and teeth respectively.

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Soap is an emulsifier which means it makes oil soluble in water and this is what makes you clean
It doesn’t need to foam

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