The Science Behind Washing Your Clothes: Understanding pH and Detergents
Have you ever wondered how detergents work to clean your clothes? The answer lies in the science of pH and detergents. At Call Your Dhobi, we believe that understanding the science behind washing your clothes can help you make better laundry decisions. Let's dive into the details

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First, let's talk about pH.

pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance on a scale of 0-14. A pH of 7 is considered neutral, while anything below 7 is acidic and anything above 7 is alkaline. Water has a pH of around 7, which is why it's considered neutral.

Now let's talk about detergents.

Detergents are a mixture of chemicals that work together to remove dirt and stains from clothes. One of the key components of detergents is surfactants, which are molecules that have a hydrophilic (water-loving) head and a hydrophobic (water-hating) tail.

When you add detergent to water,

the surfactant molecules start to arrange themselves in a specific way. The hydrophobic tails of the surfactants group together to form what's called a micelle, while the hydrophilic heads stick out into the water. The micelles help to trap dirt and oil from your clothes and keep them suspended in the water, so they can be washed away.

But here's where pH comes in.

Different stains and fabrics require different pH levels to be effectively cleaned. For example, acidic stains like coffee or wine require a slightly acidic pH to break down the stain. On the other hand, alkaline stains like grease or oil require a more alkaline pH to be effectively cleaned.
That's why detergents are formulated to have a specific pH level depending on the type of stain or fabric being washed. For example, some detergents are designed for delicate fabrics and have a slightly acidic pH, while others are designed for tough stains and have a more alkaline pH
At Call Your Dhobi, we understand the science behind washing your clothes and use the best detergents and techniques to ensure your clothes are cleaned effectively and safely. Whether you need delicate fabric care or tough stain removal, we've got you covered. Contact us for expert laundry services and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your clothes are in good hands.