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A chemical compound that forms a soap or a soapy solution capable of dissolving or loosening greasy substances impregnated on cloth or cooking utensils. Saponifiers act on grease in the skin but may cause an irritating rash or allergy. Soap and water produce better personal hygiene than water alone, but wastewater disposal may be a challenge. See gray water.

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