Type your question here…What compounds in laundry soap dehydrate plants?



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    Laundry detergents and soaps may strip the protective wax off the leaves of plants.  This dehydrates the plant and will cause leaf death no matter how much it is watered.  Sodium is also present in laundry soaps.  Most plants, except for a few native desert plants, will not tolerate saline soil conditions.  Salts attract water away from plant roots preventing absorption of moisture.  Soapy water may also wash away nutrients from plant roots, preventing their absorption.

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