Answer to Question #178402 in Inorganic Chemistry for Satyajay Mandal

Question #178402

Can doctors/nurses make an inorganic soap by boiling my vomit (that they have collected during a medical test) with neem leaf powder (or neem leaf paste) as neem is an alkali and the vomit is acidic, if so, can it be repeated if they use vasaka leaf powder/vasaka leaf paste (as vasaka is also an alkali)? Hint: this is because the vomit tastes sour whereas both vasaka and neem taste bitter (both in powder form and in paste form) and I heard that alkalies often saponify acids

Expert's answer
  1. Inorganic means it will not contain any C-C bonds. But bitter components of mentioned plants are organic, containing C-C bonds.
  2. Talking about making any soap: theoretically, even if you extract bitter substances from vasaka or neem and also extract hydrochloric acid from vomit, boiling them together won't lead to formation of soap.

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