Molecule of the Week

Sodium Hypochlorite

June 30, 2008

If you weren’t a chemist, you’d know sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) as bleach, or possibly as the “chlorine” you put in your swimming pool or spa. NaClO solution is a convenient way to handle chlorine in an aqueous solution; it is prepared by absorbing chlorine gas in sodium hydroxide solution. Industrially, NaClO solution is produced directly by electrolyzing sodium chloride solution.