Labarraque's solution

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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 Once widely used, the pale green, chlorine-smelling liquid has now been replaced by Bleaching powder and Clorox®.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

Resources and Citations

  • 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)