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What are biodegradable and non-biodegradable detergents ? Give one example of each.


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Biodegradable detergents can be degraded by bacteria. They have straight hydrocarbon chain. Example includes sodium lauryl sulphate.
Non-biodegradable detergents cannot be degraded by bacteria. They have highly branched hydrocarbon chains. Example includes $$sodium-4-(1,3,5,7-tetramethyloctyl)benzene \ sulphonate$$

Chemistry
NCERT
Standard XII

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