Fuller's Earth is basically a chemical auxiliary factor. This tasteless and odorless clay is offered in gray or white or slightly pink color. This clay material is reckoned for its excellent decolorizing properties and good adsorption level. Its physical properties can be defined by Van Der Waal’s forces. This naturally found mined clay is inert when it comes in contact with chemicals. This clay consists of magnesia, lime, iron oxide, alkali and high amount of water. This non swelling type clay has excellent bleaching attributes. It is excavated from mines.
IUPAC Name: Attapulgite
Other Name: Bleaching clay, bentone, benclay
Molecular Weight: 180.058 g/mol
Molecular Formula: Al2H2O6Si
CAS Number: 70131-50-9
EC Number: 615-286-8 (ECHA)
PubChem CID: 517273
Appearance/Color: Gray or white or slightly pink
pH Value: 7.5-8.5
Particle Size: 200 mesh
Specific Gravity: 32-37
Solubility: Insoluble in common organic solvents and water
Whiteness: off white
Uses of Fuller’s Earth:
1) In skin care products manufacturing unit, it is used to formulate face packs for its excellent anti bacterial properties. This clay based product is ideal remedy of oily skin and pimple. 2) In fertilizer formulation, Fuller’s Earth is used as suitable carrier. 3) It is used as ideal binder during production of animal feeds. 4) It is also utilized as extender and mineral filler in other fields.