Who can articulate the difference between soap and “traditional” surfactants?
Vague question alert….
Can someone please articulate the difference between traditional — not sure what word to use exactly — surfactants (SLS, coco-glucoside, etc.) and soap? I realize soap is also a surfactant, but is it correct that soap is neither an anionic nor non-ionic nor amphoteric surfactant? What kind/variety of surfactant is it then, or is the only identifier one can use here is “soap”? Furthermore, does anyone have information about why soap is better/worse than these traditional surfactants? For example, I believe anionic surfactants are thought of as being the best (strongest) surfactant in terms of cleaning ability; is soap regarded as inferior/superior here?
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