- English: Fuller's Earth, Clay of Multan, Bleaching Clay
- Also, known as: Hindustani: ملتانی مٹّی, मुल्तानी मिट्टी
Multani mitti, meaning 'mud from Multan', is also popular as fuller's earth. Packed with minerals, fuller's earth primarily contains varying composition of hydrous aluminium silicates or clay minerals. Common components found in fuller's earth are montmorillonite, kaolinite, and attapulgite, including small amounts of other minerals like calcite, dolomite, and quartz. In some places, fuller's earth refers to calcium bentonite, altered volcanic ash which is mostly composed of montmorillonite.
The name 'fuller's earth' is applicable to any clay material with the ability to decolourise oil or other liquids without chemical treatment. Historically, the name is derived from the word 'fullers' or textile workers. Fullers used clay material for cleaning or 'fulling' wool by kneading it with water into woollen fibres to absorb lanolin, oils, and other impurities as part of the cloth finishing process.
As fuller's earth is a good absorbent, this compound sees a variety of uses today in filters, decontamination, treatment for poisoning, litter boxes, and as a cleaning agent. In cosmetology and dermatology, fuller’s earth is effective as a cleanser, removing oil, dirt, and impurities from the skin and also helping treat acne and other skin problems.- Ref: Femin.in
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