Sodium hypochlorite (sodium hypochlorite) – NaOCl, inorganic compound, sodium salt of hypochlorous acid.
The compound in the free state is very unstable, it is usually used in the form of relatively stable NaOCl • 5H2O pentahydrate or an aqueous solution, which has a characteristic strong chlorine odor and has high corrosive properties.
The compound is a strong oxidizing agent, it contains 95.2% of active chlorine. It has antiseptic and disinfectant action. Used as a domestic and industrial bleach and disinfectant, means of cleaning and disinfecting water, an oxidizing agent for some industrial chemical production processes. As a bactericidal and sterilizing agent used in medicine, food industry and agriculture.