Sodium lauryl sulfate is a synthetic soap, or surfactant, that can be made from coconut oil, palm kernel oil or petroleum. It is almost completely biodegradable.
CAS NO. 151-21-3
Form: White powder
Stability: Stable under ordinary conditions
Solubility: Soluble in Water
Color: White to pale yellow
Sodium lauryl sulfate is used in the preparation of pharmaceuticals, as an emulsifier in the manufacture of synthetic rubbers, resins and plastics, high-quality shower products, shampoos, hand sanitizers, and disinfectants.
Sodium lauryl sulfate is an effective surfactant and is commonly used to remove residues and oil stains. It is used extensively in industrial applications to make car wash liquids, floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and machine wash detergents. It is also used in shaving foams, bubble baths, shampoos, and toothpastes--but in lower concentrations.