The present study investigated the feasibility of using two mixed surfactants, anionic surfactant sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate (SDBS) and nonionic surfactant polysorbate 80 (Tween80), for the remediation of p-nitrochlorobenzene (pNCB) contaminated soil. The water solubility, the apparent soil-water distribution constant (K(d)(*)) and the desorption ratio of pNCB, as well as the sorption of surfactants by the soil were significantly affected by the dosage of surfactants and the mass ratio of SDBS/Tween80. Because of the formation of mixed micelles, the presence of SDBS showed more effective than individual Tween80 for increasing the water solubility, decreasing the K(d)(*) and enhancing the desorption ratio of pNCB, as well as inhibiting the sorption of surfactants by the soil. Low dosage of surfactants (Tween80 < 2000 mg L(-1)) increased the K(d)(*) value and inhibited the desorption of pNCB from soil. However, relative high concentration of Tween80 had positive effect on the decrease of the K(d)(*) value and increase of pNCB desorption. In addition, among the tested surfactant systems, mixed SDBS/Tween80 with a 1:1 mass ratio exhibited the highest pNCB desorption. The results indicated that it is feasible to use mixed SDBS/Tween80 surfactants for the remediation of pNCB contaminated soil.