Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and its Uses
Sodium lauryl sulfate is commonly used as a detergent, wetting agent, and emulsifying agent in many of the products that we all use on a daily basis. It is an ingredient used in shampoos, conditioners, dish soap, hand soap, and even toothpaste. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a crystal like salt derived from sulfated lauryl alcohol.
There is controversy over whether this salt is safe for people to use. Many believe that sodium lauryl sulfate is carcinogenic and could be hazardous to humans. There is still no concrete evidence that sodium lauryl sulfate is connected with cancer. Companies take advantage of this and package their products to consumers as free of sodium lauryl sulfate.
Sodium lauryl sulfate is added to many of the items we come across it in because it produces an exceptional lather and makes substances become thicker. This chemical is widely used because it is relatively low in cost, has a long shelf life and for its multi use. It is used in cosmetic cleansers and floor cleaners, but in varying concentrations. For example, a floor cleaner with sodium lauryl sulfate will contain a more powerful concentration of the chemical than a bubble bath solution. Sodium lauryl sulfate has a drying affect and takes out moisture and can cause your skin to become extremely dry. Those with sensitive skin may develop a rash or redness to the skin. Others can develop eczema or dandruff if they have an allergy or allergic reaction to the chemical.
Sodium lauryl sulfate is also used as an ingredient in certain pesticide products to dehydrate and kill insects. It works effectively on ticks, bed bugs, lice, mites, and aphids. Sodium lauryl sulfate dissolves in water easily and can be sprayed right on the insect you wish to eradicate from your home of place of work. Sodium lauryl sulfate will also biodegrade at a faster rate than other products. It is listed as a “minimum risk’ pesticide with the EPA and is considered a safer alternative.
Sodium lauryl sulfate will strip the protective oils from the top layer of your skin and can be irritating to the eyes. A lot of organic products use a less harsh detergent referred to as ammonium lauryl sulfate. Products containing this chemical may be a better option for you and your family if those with sodium lauryl sulfate cause your skin to become irritated. Normally, inexpensive shampoos and soaps have sodium lauryl sulfate as one of their ingredients, although some higher priced cleansers have this chemical in them as well.
Canker sores are mouth sores that effect the gums, tongue and inside the lips. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a powerful wetting agent that contains sodium an element and when mixed with water produces sodium hydroxide commonly known as lye. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) has been blames for canker sores. A study by the Journal of Oral Pathology in the late 1979 determined that a lack of Vitamin B-12 and iron deficiencies may also be to blame for the sudden development of canker sores.
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By: Bradley Skierkowski