A strong bleach solution composed of 4% sodium hypochlorite in water. Labarraque's solution also contains about 1% sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate as a stabilizer. Once widely used, the pale green, chlorine-smelling liquid has now been replaced by bleaching powder and Clorox®.
Synonyms and Related Terms
eau de Labarraque; Javelle water
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)