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How does sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) work?
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  1. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is used in many cleaners, such as shampoos, soaps, mouthwashes and toothpastes, is a lather-producing agent. It produces the lather by breaking the surface tension (the bonds between molecules in the outer layer of a compound) of a material.

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