Organic salt with a structure similar to that of soap


Yes a soap is a salt


The process of soap production is called saponification. Saponification is the hydrolysis of fats and oils with a caustic alkali such as NaOH or KOH to yield the corresponding sodium or potassium salt of the fatty acid and propane 1,2,3-triol.

Recall that organic salts are compounds of the sort RCOO^-M^+ (such as RCOO^-Na^+). A soap is of the same RCOO^-Na^+ (or K^+) structure indicating that it is a salt where R is the alkyl chain of the fatty acid.

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