detergent

  

Definition

Cleaning agent that helps to remove dirt and grease from porous surfaces (such as fabrics, clothes, non-treated wood) and/or non-porous surfaces (such as metals, plastics, treated wood). All detergents are made principally of soaps or surfactants.

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  • I will add laundry detergent to the washing machine to be sure I have clean clothes for my entire family.

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  • I was ready to go with my friends, but I had to out some dish detergent in the washing machine, so I would have dishes for dinner.

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  • You must make sure to use a good detergent when cleaning out areas of your factory so you know the job is done right.

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