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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-06-10 11:06 PM
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246. It is a detergent, yes
Edited on Fri Aug-06-10 11:07 PM by Chulanowa
It is a different detergent from what is found in Dawn (indeed, most household detergents are either sodium lauryl sulfate or ammonium lauryl sulfate) but it is a detergent. In fact, dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate is used as a stool softener.

Harmless stuff, right? Well, detergents aren't exactly human-friendly. Like any other chemical they have an effect on our bodies. They're not lethal, but they cause damage to us. This is why even gentle, oh-so-innocuous Dawn dish soap still dries out your skin and weakens your nails; the detergent acts on your skin in the same way it acts on your plates. Stronger detergents have stronger effects, of course, as do greater concentrations.

However, the detergent, much like the sorbitan, is kind of a non-issue with Corexit. The trouble comes from the light petroleum distillates that these are mixed with; the solvents. Tell me, Fructose, would you be willing to dip your scrotum in a jar of automotive degreaser? How about Mr. Clean? Nail polish remover or turpentine? How about plain ol' kerosene? I'd be a little hesitant to swish my boys around in this stuff, and I imagine you would be too, and for the same reason; solvents are toxic and damaging to most forms of life.

My dipshit creationist hackwork pamphlet is found on the back of every bottle and can of any kind of solvent you can buy, and several other products besides that have these distillates. They're bad for you. They always have been, and odds are, pouring several million gallons of the stuff into the Gulf of Mexico, along with the oil it is being used to break up, in addition to the detergents involved, is probably not going to have a net positive effect on the eco system.

if you have a fishtank, you can try it at home, and tell us what happens.
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