Sodium Sulphate


Sodium sulfate (Na2SO4) is the sodium salt of sulfuric acid. Anhydrous sulfate is a white crystalline solid also known as the mineral thenardite, while the decahydrate Na2SO4. ... In 1625, Johann Rudolf Glauber discovered the sodium sulfate from Austrian spring water, there so the hydrate form is known as Glauber's salt.

Sodium sulfate is used to dry organic liquids. As a filler in powdered home laundry detergents. As a fining agent which removes small air bubbles from molten glass. Glauber’s salt, the decahydrate was used as a laxative which removes certain drugs such as acetaminophen from the body. For defrosting windows, in carpet fresheners, starch manufacture, as an additive to cattle feed. In the manufacture of detergents and in the Kraft process of paper pulping.