# Is there a type of detergent/surfactant that evaporates at STP?

Are there any type of detergent/surfactant chemicals that would be good for removing dirt and grease from fabric that also would evaporate from the clothes within, say, 24 hours leaving no residue?

Googling "volatile surfactant" turned up fluorocarbons and something called Surfynol 61, which is really 3,5-Dimethylhex-1-in-3-ol as possible candidates. I don't know if these would be safe for laundry.

• Instead of looking for some magic chemical, why don't you tell us what you're trying to clean, and what has stained it. – MaxW Dec 14 '15 at 21:33