Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry 6th Edition

Published by W.H. Freeman
ISBN 10: 1-42923-414-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-42923-414-6

Chapter 2 - Water - Problems: 14

Answer

Wash the area with soap, water, and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

Work Step by Step

The component inpPoison ivy, alkyl substituted catecholamines, are non-polar and are not soluble in water. Soap will help dissolve the non-polar substance. Further, the pKa of the substance is 8, so an alkaline medium will increase the dissociation and so solubility. For this, sodium carbonate can be added.
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