A 30% aqueous solution of lauryl dimethylamine oxide which is based on a tertiary amine derived from natural alcohols. LAO is a strongly hydrophilic surfactant and is a colourless, viscous and foamy water based surfactant with a mild odour. When mixed with acids, LAO can behave as a cationic surfactant but in neutral or alkaline conditions, it acts as a nonionic surfactant.
When blended with anionic surfactants, LAO is an excellent foam booster. It is commonly used in washing up liquids, shampoos, bubble baths, thickened bleach cleaners, vehicle cleaners and a wide range of other cleaners.
Compatible with bleach and hypochlorite. LAO is often added to them to produce foaming, allowing hypochlorite solutions to cling to surfaces and increase contact time. LAO also allows bleach stable fragrances to be added to hypochlorite to help reduce the odours associated with bleach.