Agent Name

Sodium octyl sulfate

CAS Number

142-31-4

Formula

C8-H18-O4-S.Na

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Cycloryl OS; Duponol 80; Octyl sodium sulfate; SOS; Sipex OLS; Sodium capryl sulfate; Sodium octyl sulphate; Sulfuric acid, monooctyl ester, sodium salt; Octyl sulfate, sodium salt; [ChemIDplus] Sodium n-octyl sulfate; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Category

Sulfonates, Alkane and Alkene

Description

White powder; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Alkyl sulfates are primarily used as wool-washing agents and as active ingredients in laundry detergents; Also used in various personal care products (i.e. toothpastes, shampoos, and cosmetics), in some foods, for froth flotation in pharmaceuticals, pigment dispersion, in a range of cleaning products, fire fighting foams, emulsifiers for insecticides, and for making printing inks; [OECD SIDS] Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA]

Comments

Causes somnolence, gastritis, and diarrhea in oral lethal-dose studies of rats; [RTECS] Commercial fatty alkyl sulfates are usually available as 30% pastes (higher concentrations difficult to handle); Highly concentrated alkyl sulfates are severely irritating or corrosive; Concentrations above 10% can cause permanent eye injury; No evidence of skin sensitization in human patch test studies; [OECD SIDS] A skin and strong eye irritant; [Alfa Aesar MSDS] See "Sulfuric acid, mono-C10-16-alkyl esters, sodium salts."

Adverse Effects
Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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