Sodium hypochlorite is a chemical compound with the formula NaClO. It is commonly known as bleach or liquid bleach, and is widely used as a disinfectant and a bleaching agent.
Sodium hypochlorite is a pale yellowish solution with a strong odor of chlorine. It is highly reactive and can be unstable if stored improperly or if it comes into contact with certain other chemicals. It is also a corrosive substance that can cause severe burns and damage to skin, eyes, and respiratory system if not handled carefully.
In addition to its household use as a laundry bleach and cleaning agent, sodium hypochlorite is used in water treatment facilities to disinfect drinking water and wastewater. It is also used in the food industry to sanitize equipment and surfaces, and in the healthcare industry as a disinfectant and sterilizing agent.
However, it is important to use sodium hypochlorite in appropriate concentrations and with caution, as excessive or improper use can pose health and safety risks.