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    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

    What is it?

    Detergents and surfactants. Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and in 90% of personal-care products that foam. 

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    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS):

    Animals exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death.   Human Irritant prolonged contact. These are detergents that can be found in toothpaste, shampoos, bubble bath and body washes. Causes skin irritation. Mask is required for cosmetic makers. Ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) is a variation commonly put into cosmetics and cleansers to make them foam. ALS is similar to SLS, showing similar risks.

    When combined with other chemicals, SLS can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens.

    SLS goes by other names, including:

    •         Sodium dodecyl sulfate

    •         Sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt

    •         Sodium salt sulfuric acid

    •         Monododecyl ester sodium salt sulfuric acid

    •         A13-00356

    •         Akyposal SDS

    •         Aquarex ME

    •         Aquarex methyl






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