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What compounds count as "soap"?

Question asked by Cynthia Kater on Apr 22, 2020
Latest reply on May 1, 2020 by Steven Cooke

Been trying to figure this out on my own, now turning to the experts. Thanks in advance for your insight. 


Disinfecting sprays are virtually impossible to purchase; soap and water does the trick for killing coronavirus; but taking a soapy rag to doorknobs is time consuming and messy. QUESTION 1: Does a "multipurpose cleaning spray" count as "soap". Do they contain the necessary components to break down the virus? 



Method multipurpose spray Chemical Compound: D-Glucopyranose Oligomers Decyl Octyl Glycosides Dirt Types: Grease Grime.


JR Watkins cleaner: Water/aqua/eau, propanediol, decyl glucoside, sodium citrate, SD alcohol 40-B, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, citric acid, sodium carbonate, fragrance/parfum, methylisothiazolinone.


Meyers Clean Day: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Abies Alba (Fir) Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Sulfate, Peg-5 Cocoate, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzisothiazolinone.


QUESTION 2 - Are there particular compounds to look for that would indicate a multipurpose spray cleaner would function as well as (or like) "soap"? 


QUESTION 3 - Would combining liquid soap and water in a spray bottle work for this purpose? Would it need to be rinsed? (The beauty of multipurpose cleaners is that they need no rinsing.)