Sodium hypochlorite is a light yellow alkaline and corrosive solution. It is formed when caustic soda (NaOH) and chlorine (Cl2) react. When dissolved in water it is commonly known as bleach or liquid bleach.
Sodium hypochlorite shows, as well as chlorine, a very high reactivity and oxidizing power, but as a solution it is much easier to handle than chlorine.
Sodium hypochlorite is a basic inorganic chemical with a wide variety of uses.
Scope of application
• Bleaching agent for textile fibers and paper
• Chemical reagent
• Disinfectant (e.g. swimming pool disinfection, drinking and process water disinfection)
• Oxidizing agent (selective oxidation of starch)
• Water treatment
• Production of cleaning and disinfecting agents
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