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Posted by on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 8:16pm.

Water does not easily remove grease from dirty hands because grease is nonpolar and water is polar; therefore they are immiscible. The addition of soap, however, results in the removal of the grease. Examine the following structure of soap and explain why soap works.
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CH3(CH2)16C ---- O- Na+

  • Chemistry - , Friday, May 6, 2011 at 8:28pm

    So what effect do you think that long chain in the soap has on grease?

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