What is it?
Ammonium persulfate is primarily used as an oxidizer and bleacher in hair bleaches, but is also used in a wide range of other industries.

How do I avoid it?
Avoidance requires reading labels, package inserts, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer that potentially uses this bleaching agent in their products.

  • Hair colorants and lighteners
  • Oxidizer and bleacher in hair bleaches (cold bleaching)
  • Textiles
  • Bleaching of bread and starches (only in U.S.)
  • Grout
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Bleaching and deodorizing oils
  • Depolarizer in electric batteries
  • Electroplating
  • Making of starch
  • Manufacturing aniline dyes
  • Oxidizer for copper
  • Printed circuit boards/Copper etching
  • Reducer and retarder in photography
  • Antioxidant food additives
  • Insecticides for fruit
Other names for Ammonium Persulfate:
  • Ammonium peroxydisulfate
  • Peroxydisulfuric acid, diammonium salt
  • Diammonium persulfate
  • APS
  • PER
  • Ammonia Persulfate
  • AP

How safe is it?

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