What do deodorants, fungicides and hair sprays have in common?

They all contain lignosulfates, which are byproducts of the papermaking process.Once considered waste, lignosulfates today are used to produce pharmaceuticals, insecticides and cleaning compounds, according to Georgia-Pacific Corp., a forest products company.

One element of lignosulfates is lignin, which is found in the cell walls of woody tissue. During the pulping process of papermaking, lignin is removed from the wood fibers.