Sodium Hypochlorite, also known as bleach, is commonly used as a disinfectant and bleaching agent. It has a yellowish color and a strong smell of chlorine. Although most Sodium Hypochlorite is used for making household bleach and laundry additives, it has many other industrial applications. For example, it is used in swimming pools to control bacteria and algae by reacting with pool water to create hypochlorous acid, which has strong antimicrobial properties despite being a weak acid.
It is important to handle Sodium Hypochlorite with care and to follow proper safety protocols when using it. Always wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles, and ensure adequate ventilation when handling this chemical.