Detergents contain surfactants and enzymes that pull dirt and oil away from fabrics, according to About.com Chemistry. The molecular structure of a surfactant is such that one part of the molecule is magnetized to grease... More »

According to Anne Helmenstine, Ph.D of About: Chemistry, bases are the chemical opposite of acids. Bases react with acids to form salts and water. More »

In everyday life, the use of chemistry is evident in a person's environment; in the preparation of food, different household products and in the manufacture of cosmetic and pharmaceutical supplies. For example, the atmos... More »

Nonionic surfactants are often used in laundry and dishwasher detergents as a cleaning agent. They are also used in cosmetics as emulsifiers, conditioning agents and solubilizing agents and to boost foam formation in cle... More »

While they come in different brands and prices, most detergents share the same components, which can be classified into four groups: surfactants, functional materials, catalytic enzymes and fragrance. The integration of ... More »

Dish detergents are surfactants, which basically allow grease and oil to mix with water by lowering its surface tension. Although water alone can't remove grease, lowering the surface tension makes it possible to rinse a... More »

Shampoos contain surfactants that lessen the surface tension of water, which binds to the oil and dirt on the hair that washes away when rinsed. Surfactants are also found in laundry detergent and bath gels. The surfacta... More »