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Fishing with Style are pleased to offer the traditional fly fisherman (amongst other uses) the opportunity to purchase Fullers Earth powder in sealed 100gm containers and also in 1 kilo bulk packs.

Keeping up with tradition (and in view of the steady demise of the supply of Fullers Earth in local chemist shops which has been commented upon in many fishing journals of late) Fishing With Style are pleased to step into the breach and offer the traditional leader sinkant, in powder form ready to be mixed, to the fly fishing fraternity.

 More and more traditional fly fishermen are realising the cost saving in mixing their own sinkant.  If mixed correctly Fullers Earth provides one of the best natural methods of creating an effective and durable sinkant and one small tub can last all season.

Apart from the use listed above there is a growing demand world wide and we have supplied Fullers Earth as an automotive brake degreasing agent, in the horse racing fraternity for horse leg injuries, for face masks, face packs, general degreasing, removing grease/oil from clothes and carpets, nappy rash and in theatrical use (dust for spooky films).  We have also supplied our Fullers Earth for removing (or should we say drawing) oil/grease/fat spills out of furniture and also from wooden and stone floors.  

Fullers Earth Powder uses (the ones we have found so far)


What is Fullers Earth?

Fullers Earth is a stiff clay with a waxy appearance and it can be either blue, grey or yellow in colour. Like most clays, it is mostly made up of silicon and aluminium but it has traces of many other minerals. Its most useful property is that it is an efficient absorber in powder form. It gets the name from 'Fulling', which is the process of removing grease from woollen cloth. Kent used to be an important wool producer in the 17th century and Fullers Earth was required in great quantities by the Fulling Mills which processed the cloth. It was so valuable once that a law was passed banning its export and a London merchant was heavily fined in 1630 for sending some to Holland. It is now used in face care cosmetics, cat litter and to absorb agents used in Chemical Warfare.


The Kent industry was centred on Maidstone with deposits occurring in an area 9 miles long and 3 miles wide, from West Mailing to Leeds (Kent). There were once 13 Fulling Mills on the River Loose alone but by 1776 this had been reduced to only 1. The sites of these mills can be traced with a little research and one on the River Len has given its name to Fulling Mill Farm near Leeds (Kent). In this area, the Fullers Earth was found in beds up to 7ft thick but it was at a depth of 30ft, being underneath other strata. This made opencast quarrying uneconomical because a vast amount of material would have to be removed first and a large area would be required for the spoil tips. The method employed was to sink wide shafts down to the deposits which, after the Fullers Earth had been extracted, were abandoned. It is not known if horizontal workings led off from the shaft since the roof would require strong support and it was easier to sink another shaft. Underground mining for Fullers Earth did take place in Surrey, however, and it is possible that this was the local practice as well. The whole area would have been pitted with abandoned shafts and a report in 1790 (when the mining had almost died out) stated Ď . . . there is a pit in work near Maidstone where a large space of ground has been worked over'. There was a brief period of reworking this century near Leeds and Grove Green but these were opencast sites.


In view of the age of the workings, present day remains are scant and consist only of hummocky ground where the shafts have been infilled and planted with trees. Near Barming, such areas occur at Oaken Wood and Fullingpits Wood. Near Grove Green, they can be found at Lower Fullingpits Wood and there were also others at Upper Fullingpits Wood until it was recently built upon. There are probably many more yet to be found. Grove Green was a much-worked area and the actual word 'Grove' was an old term for a mine. Much of the area is being built upon and sites are becoming obscured.


The old phrase "I don't know if I am this earth or fullers" derives from the workers in the woollen industry in Bradford.


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Partners: Stephen Cheetham & Christine Cheetham

  40 Aire Grove, Yeadon, LEEDS, West Yorkshire, LS19 7TY

Tel:  0113 2507244


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Some uses of Fullers Earth Powder we have found so far:

1. Just had a lady on the phone wanting Fullers Earth for her puppy's feet - she had been told to get it to stop him sliding all over the kitchen floor! 

2. Another lady just phoned wanting it to clean an antique suite which is currently stored in France.

3. One gentleman wanted it for cleaning/dusting his rabbits????

4. Just had a lady on the phone wanting FE urgently (like today!) for a mercury spillage from a thermometer.

5. I want to try putting it on a fur felt hat I own, to make it look more ďusedĒ.  Itís a technique used by a lot of Indiana Jones fans to make their fedoras look more like theyíve been through a desert.  Personally, I just want to make mine look more battered, so I guess that comes under the theatrical uses you already cited. Robin Manford

6, I breed and show pedigree cats (maine coons).  It is brilliant at removing greasy bits from coats.  Usually, pre-show, we bath, but to be honest, we dont always want to (and lets face it - the cats aren't always that keen!!) - and instead, if they are basically ok, but with slightly spiky coat, we work fullers earth into it, then after a bit -brush out.  Result is coat looks fabulous, and every particle comes out.  (we aren't allowed to show cats with powder in coat), also, it doesn't, surprisingly, stain the coat at all.

Like you fishermen, we have found it nigh on impossible to find fullers earth lately, so finding your site is a godsend, my last little bit (carefully eked out) has been used up... I was getting desperate!

So cheers, guys!  I am looking forward to my delivery... 1kg will go a along way split amongst myself and my friends.

Lynnette Cannell

7. One client uses it for gilding, she is a bookbinder

8. A gentleman has bought it from us as he is making a martial arts film and the powder is used on the hands and feet of the combatants during the fight scenes. 

Nice one!

   9. Many thanks for sending my order which I received today.  I have been informed on a natural remedy info website that it heals Prickly Heat.  Apparently it is a well known effective treatment in Central Asia and they call it Multani Mutti.  You make a loose paste, apply to area and leave to dry for at least an hour, then wash off with cold water. The Prickly Heat should be gone the next day!

I can suffer really badly so I'm taking some away on hols just in case.  Gill Benjamin.  Comment received 9 July 2009

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"Keeping up with tradition"

The Traditional Fly Fishing Leader Sinkant

Simply mix a small quantity of Fullers Earth into a fine smooth paste with a good quality washing- up liquid and add a tiny drop of glycerine to stop it drying out.

Dishwasher additive "Rinse Aid" has been used instead of washing up liquid giving some very encouraging results.

Store the finished product in a 35mm film canister or a small airtight container.

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Fullers Earth Powder

Fishing with Style

Partners: Stephen Cheetham & Christine Cheetham

  40 Aire Grove, Yeadon, LEEDS, West Yorkshire, LS19 7TY

Tel:  0113 2507244


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Extract from

Fullers Earth is a kind of clay that has been used for cleaning woollen cloth for nearly seven thousand years. The cleansing and thickening cloth was known as ďFullingĒ and people engaged in its trade and practice are called a ďFullersĒ. In prehistoric times  wool  was smelly and contained many sorts of impurities. To counter this problem the woollen industries used to soak pieces of cloth in some alkaline solution and then agitated it in a trough or vat containing slurry of Fullerís Earth Powder. Several rinses with clean water were given later to remove the earth, which carried away with it most of the grease and dirt remaining in the raw wool.

Other uses of Fullerís Earth (Scientifically known as Calcium Montmorillonite) are:-


Fullerís Earth Powder was used in laundries for removing oil and grease from heavily soiled dungarees, work gear and the like. Fullerís Earth was very effective for scouring and fulling as it is far less gritty. Indeed Fullerís Earth is better than soap or solvents for cleaning heavily oil-soiled textiles, such as dirty mats from motor cars. It is now known that it helps to prevent redeposit ion of soil when present in a complex household laundry detergent.


Fullerís Earth was mainly used at that time as an antidote to poison due to its superb adsorption properties. Including food poisoning and for the staunching of blood. Other uses included Ėa remedy for gastric disorders and diarrhoea


Some literatures suggest that Fullerís Earth adsorbed alkaloids; it was especially effective in precipitating morphine from a solution of its sulphate. Fullerís Earth was most active with caffeine, quinolone, nicotine, peperidine and adenine.



Fullerís Earth Powder tones up the skin and improves the complexion.  Fullerís Earth Powder smoothes out wrinkles. It has a softening and preservation action upon skin of hands and face. Is tender to all skin types. It is very effective in treating oily skin as a deep pore cleanser to draw out hidden oils and grime.

Twentieth-century beauticians are clearly well aware of a Fullerís Earth pasteís capacity to draw oil or fatty matter into itself as it dries out.


In earlier times and mainly during World War 2 sore and inflamed feet were soothed in a dispersion of Fullerís Earth in water.


Research during the war times established that Lewisite poison gas blisters healed rapidly when bandages containing Fullerís earth powder were applied.

To remove stains or spots of DNOC (dinitroorthocresol), the agricultural spraying poison, Fullerís Earth should be applied as a paste, allowed to dry and then brushed off, according to official advice.

Another way in which Fullerís Earth powder is applied to the skin is a hot plaster for drawing pus and reducing inflammation.

Fullerís Earth was used as a styptic; used in preventing dermatitis in dye houses by dusting onto the face after being given a base coating of cream.

Fullerís Earth in veterinary practice is usually applied as a poultice in the cure of sore places on horses.

Fullerís Earth has also been used in tooth paste and laxatives.

Application of Fullerís Earth pastes need not, of course, be confined to the face and neck, though in the modern world Fullerís Earth is also in vogue for washing hair. If you have oily hair it works like a miracle.

Other applications include treatment of bedsores and rheumatic joints.

Recently the pastes have been applied also to the whole body of models by artists and photographers who wish to see their female nude in a new way.


Fullerís Earth must of course have served from very early times in household cleaning. Many books of household management have countless recipes of Fullerís Earth.

A simple method to clean oil, grease spillage or kitchen stains from walls, wall-paper or floors is to spray it with dry Fullerís Earth powder and leave for a while and wipe with a cloth. You can repeat the procedure if the stain persists. This is a very safe method as it will not affect the paint or colour of your wall paper.

For very stubborn stains you can spread Fullerís Earth paste with water over the stain and leave it for 24 hrs, dust it later and wipe with a wet cloth.

Fullerís Earth powder is also effective as a cleaner of porcelain, bone china and other crockery. A Fullerís Earth paste also effectively cleans window and glass panes.

Fullerís Earth paste can also be used to clean delicate fabrics with stubborn stains like that of blood.

There are some accounts of Fullerís Earth power also being used in the manufacture of soaps used for cleaning clothes in saline water.


House pets and furry animals can also be cleaned using Fullerís Earth powder as it is a safe, non-toxic and naturally occurring mineral.

Fullerís Earth is also widely used all over the world as cat litter, due to its high absorption capacity, deodorization properties, non-toxicity and natural earth colour which makes the animals feel at home while defecating.