do simple products like soap and other chemicals, make the water that touches them “go bad”? (as in make them unuseable)

I saw the movie “HOME”, and it seas that water does not form or run out, and the same amount of water has been on earth for millions of years, and so the water cycle holdes the same water over and over again. If thats true, then any amount of water that is used by us and then cant be cleened and used again is out of the water cycle for ever. I wanted to know if every day actions as londry and such can make water disappear from the water cycle.



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    Soap, like many other products, is not harmful to the environment in its “natural” form. However, like high fructose corn syrup, the more synthetic we make the chemicals in soap, the harder it is for bacteria to digest them. While nature had billions of years to evolve creatures that eat the natural soap alkaloids, we’ve outrun her a bit, and nature doesn’t know how to dissolve out synthetic alkaloids, which can be poisonous in large amounts. So yes, actions like washing your car and doing your laundry do carry a tangible risk of polluting the water.

    I hope this helped!

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    Most chemicals and compounds can be removed from water, depending on the treatment level.  An example of this is how we can turn sewage and waste water into drinkable water, usually with only a 4 step treatment process involving settling ponds, reverse osmosis, chemical treatment and UV exposure.  The same theory applies to soap and other chemicals.  However, the smaller or more chemically complex the polluting compounds are, the more difficult they tend to be to remove, especially if the water is groundwater or river water compared to a controlled municipal water system.

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