How does soap get me clean?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Both soap and non-soap cleansers contain ingredients that attach to dirt and oil, helping to loosen their grip on skin, so that water can more easily rinse them off.


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