Define biodegradable and non-biodegradable detergents.

. The detergents that contain straight hydrocarbon chains are called biodegradable detergents. These are easily decomposed by microbes and bacteria. Example: Sodium lauryl sulfate

The detergents that contain highly branched hydrocarbon chains are called non-biodegradable detergents. These are not decomposed by microbes and bacteria. Example: Sodium 4 Benzene sulphonate.

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