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Ever heard of the ingredient ‘surfactant’? You might think it’s another complicated chemical found in products, but it’s not. Surfactant (or shortened term for surface-active agent) is a compound that lowers the surface tension between two liquids. It can be either between a gas and a liquid or between a liquid and a solid. In essence, it’s making the molecules slipper, so they’re less likely to stick to themselves.
Surfactants are almost found in every cleaning product. 
Whether it’s in your dishwashing soap, facial cleanser, or even your laundry detergent, surfactants make these cleaners work better since they are more likely to interact with oil and grease.
Aside from soaps and detergents, surfactants can also be used in lubricants, inks, anti-fogging liquids, herbicides, adhesives, emulsifiers, and fabric softeners. The lungs from our body also produce surfactants called pulmonary surfactants that aid in the breathing process by helping keep airways open.

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