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Properties of Soaps and Detergents Small Group Version

Ages 12+
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Though similar in function, soaps and detergents differ in chemistry and performance. In this Consumer Chemistry kit from Innovating Science, students uncover the Properties of Soaps and Detergents.

Experiment with soap, hand dishwashing detergent, and machine dishwashing detergent. Explore the similarities and differences of the provided samples with five activities:

  • Test pH
  • Examine effects of soap and detergent on the surface tension of water
  • Inspect foaming ability
  • Study fat emulsification
  • Review performance of soap and detergent in hard water

From Innovating Science, this Properties of Soaps and Detergents Kit has enough materials for five groups. Teacher’s Manual and Student Study Guide copymasters are included.

You provide 25 ml graduated cylinder, distilled water, metric ruler, and test tube rack.


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Consumer Chemistry: Properties of Soaps and Detergents Small Group Version

  • 10 ml Liquid soap
  • 10 ml Dishwashing detergent (Hand)
  • 10 ml Dishwashing detergent (Machine)
  • 20 ml Vegetable oil
  • 20 ml Calcium chloride, 5% Solution
  • 20 Disposable medicine cups
  • 20 Polystyrene test tubes
  • 20 Capillary tubes
  • 20 Graduated plastic pipettes
  • 50 Universal indicator strips


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