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Sanitol was a St. Louis, MO company that made a variety of dentifrice (tooth powder and toothpaste), toothbrushes, and related products. Herman Luyties founded the Sanitol Chemical Laboratory Co. in 1898. He founded the company as a cooperative where Sanitol products were sold through dentists and drugstore owners who were also company shareholders. Sanitol was so successful that it allegedly made St. Louis the world’s largest producer of tooth powder. The company was sold to the William R. Warner Co. in 1922. Sanitol (with name changes) survived until 1974. The Sanitol Building in St. Louis is on the National Register of Historic Places and still stands at 4252-4264 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis.


Biography of Herman C. G. Luyties | Access Genealogy. Retrieved from

National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form: Sanitol Building. (1985). [Ebook]. St. Louis. Retrieved from

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