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Chemistry For Your Life

188 EpisodesProduced by Melissa and JamWebsite

A podcast helping you understand the chemistry of your everyday life.


How does soap kill COVID-19?


Ok so we've known for awhile how soap works in a general use sense, like how it cleans dishes (see episode 1). But these weird times call for a deeper look at soap. How can it kill a virus? Or more importantly, how can it kill a little, wretched, mischievous virus like COVID-19? Like really, how? How is it that we can use soap to both get spaghetti sauce off a plate, and kill a dangerous virus? We're always told to wash our hands well, and that it's important, but if you think about it for a second, it's crazy that we put something on our hands, and rub them together under water, and then we're good to go. Right? Let's get into it.

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References from this episode

  1. Viral Infections and Global Change - Sunit Kumar Singh
  2. :6961/ps/" rel="nofollow">Inactivation of Human and Avian Influenza Viruses by Potassium Oleate of Natural Soap Component Through Exothermic Interaction - Kawahara et al
  3. Effectiveness of Liquid Soap and Hand Sanitizer against Norwalk Virus on Contaminated Hands -  Liu, Yuen, Hsiao, Jaykus, and Moe
  4. Show Me the Science: Why Wash Your Hands? - United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  5. Clean & Disinfect - United State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  6. When and How to Wash Your Hands - United States Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
  7. Show Me the Science: How to Wash Your Hands - United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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