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The name reflects the historic use of the material for cleaning or "fulling" wool by textile workers called "fullers". Fuller's earth consists primarily of hydrous aluminum silicates (clay minerals) of varying composition. Common components are montmorillonite, kaolinite and attapulgite. Small amounts of other minerals may be present in fuller's earth deposits, including calcite, dolomite, and quartz.
The United States was the largest producer of fuller's earth with an almost 70% world share followed at a distance by Japan and Mexico.