How is chemistry used in everyday life?

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There are numerous examples of the everyday use of chemistry in our lives. Here are some:

  • Washing hands with soap: When we use antibacterial soap to wash our hands, the molecules that constitute soap kill some of the microbes present on our hands and disinfect them. Some soaps also provide...

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There are numerous examples of the everyday use of chemistry in our lives. Here are some:

  • Washing hands with soap: When we use antibacterial soap to wash our hands, the molecules that constitute soap kill some of the microbes present on our hands and disinfect them. Some soaps also provide fragrance, which is again an action of some chemical substances. Similar is the story of the use of disinfectants in our household cleaners.
  • Food and beverages: All food and beverages are molecules and have a chemistry behind their synthesis. When we cook food, we change the chemical composition of (at least) some of the ingredients, thereby obtaining tasty and digestible food and beverages (remember this morning's tea/coffee).
  • Medicine: Almost all medicine is obtained by using chemistry. Medicines, on entering our body, carry out chemical reactions to help cure us.

One can think of a number of other examples such as metabolism, growth, the spoiling of food, etc.

Hope this helps. 

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