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Understanding Mordants and Modifiers

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate


Description: Neutral cleanser, concentrated white or cream flake, powder or gelatinous basis for most surfactants and similar soap-like products, faint fatty scent. Originally devised to wash show animals; now used on quilts, vintage linens; removes many types of stains.
Other Names: Dodecyl sodium sulfate, Sodium dodecyl sulfate, Griffin Dyeworks Fiber Wash, irium, lauryl sodium sulfate, Orvus WA paste, SLS, sodium laurylsulfate, SynthrapolTM, sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt, SDS
Dye Use: Cleans raw fleece, spun wool, fabric; good before or after dyeing. Lowers surface tension of liquids, emulsifies fats, wetting agent, textile detergent
Best On: All fiber
Dye Recipe: Just a finger-tip of gel for a kitchen sink full of water; too much will be difficult to rinse out.
Safety: No hazard; major ingredient in toothpaste. Keep out of eyes; may sensitize skin with overuse.
Disposal: Pour down sink
Alternative: Soap, dishwashing liquid
Source: Griffin Dyeworks

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