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Foaming Capacity Of Soaps

Acknowledgement I will treasure the knowledge imparted to me by Mrs. Anita Thomas, my grateful thanks to her for the able teaching and guidance. I thank Mr. Harsha I also thank my parents and my friends for their constant support and cooperation. Preface Soaps and detergents remove dirt and grease from skin and clothes. But all soaps are not equally effective in their cle aning action. Soaps are the Na and K salts of higher fatty acids such as Palmitic acid, Stearic acid and Oleic acid. The cleansing action of soaps depends on the solubility of the long alkyl chain in grease and that of the -COONa or the -COOK part in water. Kumar, the Lab assistant for his cooperation.

Whenever soap is applied on a dirty wet cloth, the non polar alkyl group dissolves in grease while the polar -COONa part dissolves in water. In this manner, an emulsion is formed between grease and water which appears as foam. The washing ability of soap depends on foaming capacity, as well as the water used in cleaning. The salts of Ca and Mg disrupt the formation of micelle formation. The presence of such salts makes the water hard and the water is called hard water. These salts thus make the soap ineff icient in its cleaning action. Sodium Carbonate when added to hard water reacts with Ca and Mg and precipitates them out. Therefore sodium carbonate is used of hard water. This project aims at finding the foaming capacity of various soaps and the action of Ca and Mg salts on their foaming capacity. Introduction Soap is an anionic surfactant used in conjunction with water for washing and cleaning, which historically comes either in solid bars or in the form of a viscous liquid. Soap consists of sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids and is obtained by reacting common oils or fats with a strong alkaline in a process known as saponification. The fats are hydrolyzed by the base, yielding alkali salts of fatty acids (crude soap) and glycerol. The general formula of soap is Fatty end water soluble end in the treatment

CH3 -(CH2 )


Soaps are useful for cleaning because soap molecules have both a hydrophilic end, which dissolves in water, as well as a hydrophobic end, which is able to dissolve non polar grease molecules. Applied to a soiled surface, soapy water effectively holds particles in colloidal suspension so it can be rinsed off with clean water. The hydrophobic portion (made up of a long hydrocarbon chain) dissolves dirt and oil s, while the ionic end dissolves in water. The resultant forms a round structure called micelle. Therefore, it allows water to remove normally -insoluble matter by emulsification.

Commercial production of soap

The most popular soap making process today is t he cold process method, where fats such as olive oil react with strong alkaline solution, while some soapers use the historical hot process. Handmade soap differs from industrial soap in that, usually, an excess of fat is sometimes used to consume the alka li (super fatting ), and in that the glycerin is not removed, leaving a naturally moisturizing soap and not pure detergent. Often, emollients such as jojoba oil or Shea butter are added at trace (the point at which the saponification process is sufficiently advanced that the soap has begun to thicken), after most of the oils have saponified, so that they remain unreacted in the finished soap.

Fat in soap
Soap is derived from either vegetable or animal fats. Sodium Tallowate, a common ingredient in much soap, is derived from rendered beef fat. Soap can also be made of vegetable oils, such as palm oil, and the product is typically softer. An array of saponifiable oils and fats are used in the process such as olive, coconut, palm, cocoa butter to pr ovide different qualities. For example, olive oil provides mildness in soap; coconut oil provides lots of lather; while coconut and palm oils provide hardness. Somet imes castor oil can also be used as an ebullient. Smaller amounts of unsaponifable oils and fats that do not yield soap are sometimes added for further benefits.

Preparation of soap
In cold-process and hot -process soap making, heat may be required for saponification. Cold-process soap making takes place at a sufficient temperature to ensure the liquification of the fat being used. Unlike cold-processed soap, hot -processed soap can be used right away because the alkali and fat saponify more quickly at the higher temperatures used in hot-process soap making. Hot -process soap making was used when th e purity of alkali was unreliable. Cold-process soap making requires exact measurements of alkali and fat amounts and computing their ratio, using saponification cha rts to ensure that the finished product is mild and skin -friendly. Hot process In the hot -process method, alkali and fat are boiled together at 80 100 C until saponification occurs, which the soap maker can determine by taste or by eye. After saponification has occurred, the soap is sometimes precipitated from the solution by adding salt, and t he excess liquid drained off. The hot, soft soap is then spooned into a mold. Cold process A cold-process soap maker first looks up the saponification value of the fats being used on a saponification chart, which is then us ed to calculate the appropriate a mount of alkali. Excess unreacted alkali in the soap will result in a very high pH and can burn or irritate skin. Not enough alkali and the soap are greasy.

The alkali is dissolved in water. Then oils are heated, or melted if they are solid at room tempera ture. Once both substances have cooled to approximately 100-110F (37-43C), and are no more than 10F (~5.5C) apart, they may be combined. This alkali -fat mixture is stirred until trace. There are varying levels of trace. After much stirring, the mixtu re turns to the consistency of a thin pudding. Trace corresponds roughly to viscosity. Essential and fragrance oils are added at light trace. Introduction to the experiment Soap samples of various brands are taken and their foaming capacity is noticed. Various soap samples are taken separately and their foaming capacity is observed. The soap with the maximum foaming capacity having the best cleaning capacity. is thus, said to be

The test requires to be done with distilled water as well as with tap water. The test of soap on distilled water gives the actual strength of the soaps cleaning capacity. The second test with tap water tests the effect of Ca 2+ and Mg2+ salts on their foaming capacities. Objective: To compare the foaming capacity of various soaps. Theory: The foaming capacity of soap depends upon the nature of the soap and its concentration. This may be compared by shaking equal volumes of solutions of different samples having the same concentration with same force for the same amount of time. The s olutions are then allowed to stand when the foam produced during shaking disappears gradually. The time taken for the foam to disappear in each sample is determined. The longer the time taken for the disappearance of the foam for the given sample of soap, greater is its foaming capacity or cleansing action. Requirements: Five 100ml conical flasks, five test tubes, 100ml measuring cylinder, test tube stand, weighing machine, stop watch. Chemical Requirements: Five different soap samples, distilled water, tap water. Procedure: 1. Take five 100ml conical flasks and number them 1, 2. Warm the contents to get a solution. 3. Take five test tubes; add 1ml of soap solution to 3ml of water. Repeat the process for each soap solution in different test tubes. 4. Close the mouth of the test tube and shake vigorously for a minute. Do the same for all test tubes and with equal force. 5. Start the timer immediately and notice the rate of disappearance of 2 mm of froth. Observations: The following outcomes were noticed at the end of the experiment 2,3,4,5. Put 16ml of water in each flask and add 8 Gms of soap.

Test Tube no 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Vol. of soap solution 8ml 8ml 8ml 8ml 8ml

Vol. of water added Time taken for disappearance of 2mm 16ml 16ml 16ml 16ml 16ml 1142 328 510 1532 940

Dove Lux Tetmosol Santoor Cinthol

The cleansing capacity of the soaps taken is in the order: Santoor > Dove > Cinthol > Tetmosol > Lux From this experiment, we can infer that Santoor has the highest foaming capacity, in other words, highest cleaning capacity. Lux, on the other hand is found to have taken the least amount of time for the disappearance of foam produced and thus is sai d to be having the least foaming capacity and cleansing capacity. Test for har dness in water Test for Ca 2+ and Mg2+ salts in the water supplied Test for Ca 2+ in water H2 O +NH4Cl + NH4OH + (NH 4)2CO3 No precipitate Test for Mg 2+ in water H2 O +NH4Cl + NH4OH + (NH 4)3PO4 No precipitate The tests show negative results for the presence of the salts causing hardness in water. The water used does not contain salts of Ca The tap water provided is soft and thus, the experimental results and values hold good for distilled water and tap water. BIBLIOGRAPHY Parts of this project have b een referred from foreign sources and have been included in this investigatory project after editing.

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The references of the sources are as follows: Books: Together With Lab Manual Chemistry -XII Comprehensive Chemistry 12 Internet sources: Structure of soap molecule and micelle formation