What is it?

  • Take a Sulfur atom and combine it with any other atom (except Gold) and boom you have a sulfate (salt).

Where is it used?

  • Cleansers
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Detergent

What does it do?

  • It is a surfectant that removes oil and grime
  • Makes a product foam

Interesting Facts:

  • Sulfur can be combined with any other element to create a sulfate except gold
  • Sulfates do occur naturally and can be found in ground water.  In high doses it can cause dehydration and cause a laxative effect on the body.  This is more common in well water than city water.



  • It makes bubble bath foamy
  • Sulfate free products are available on the market


  • Sulfates strip away the natural oils from skin and hair
  • Sulfates kill fish and destroy our marine environment
  • People can experience skin irritations, lung irritations, eye irritations to the compound










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