Scrubs up well

Your great grandma might not have known about phenol - but she certainly would be familiar with carbolic, the harsh soap that included carbolic acid, now properly known as phenol. This simple aromatic compound might have dropped out of our morning cleansing routine (thankfully) but it has more recent roles from the production of aspirin to Agent Orange.

Discover more in my latest Royal Society of Chemistry podcast about phenol. Take a listen by clicking play on the bar at the top of the page - or if that doesn't work for you, pop over to its page on the RSC site.