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Sodium lauryl sulfate

Sodium dodecyl sulfate

Lauryl sulfate salts: sodium lauryl sulfate, magnesium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and triethanolamine lauryl sulfate. According to EPA these four active ingredients have no independent pesticidal activity when included in antimicrobial products, and thus are properly classified as inert ingredients in those products. Antimicrobial products that contain these active ingredients are not subject to registration review.

General Information

  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Detergent/surfactant
  • Uses: Flea and tick repellant. Sodium lauryl sulfate also is a widely used component of many nonpesticidal consumer products currently marketed in the U. S., including shampoos and fruit juices.
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Least-toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Not documented
  • Endocrine Disruption: Not documented
  • Reproductive Effects: Not documented
  • Neurotoxicity: Not documented
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Not documented
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (27)
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Not documented
  • Potential Leacher: Not documented
  • Toxic to Birds: Not documented
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes*
  • Toxic to Bees: Not documented

Additional Information