How Soap Works (An Animation)
School’s in session! Today's #SOAP101 lesson: how does soap keep you clean, and more specifically, how does it destroy and dislodge microbes, including coronavirus?
1. Soap molecules have a water-loving head and a water-hating (and oil/fat loving) tail.
2. Pathogens—including coronavirus, Ebola, hepatitis B and C, and more bacteria than one can count that cause respiratory and intestinal illnesses—have a membrane of oil lipid molecules.
3. Soap’s water-hating, oil-loving tails poke their way into this membrane and break it apart.
4. Soap traps the virus (and other dirty, germy particles) in a little bubble called a micelle. Soap molecules’ tails surround the particles, creating a kind of mini jail cell that washes away when you rinse with water down the drain!
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