Asked • 06/18/19

Can general soap kill bacteria?

I have read that general soap can kill bacteria by opening holes in the bacterial membrane.http://questions.sci-toys.com/node/90However, I found some articles as well saying that it cannot.http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/does-soap-kill-germsThere seems split answers among experts,so I would like to know which one is correct.Could anyone advise me?Thanks.

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Jesse E. answered • 06/18/19

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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). Archived. Klaus Schumann, Kurt Siekmann (2005). "Soaps". Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. Thorsten Bartels et al. (2005). "Lubricants and Lubrication". Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH.​
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