Chlorine gas (Cl2) is a gas at room temperature that can kill you if inhaled. When chlorine atoms...

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Chlorine gas {eq}(Cl_2) {/eq} is a gas at room temperature that can kill you if inhaled. When chlorine atoms bond to other atoms, however, the resulting compounds have their own and completely different/unique properties and uses. By mixing chlorine gas with sodium hydroxide {eq}(NaOH) {/eq}, you create sodium hypochlorite {eq}(NaOCl) {/eq}. {eq}NaOCl {/eq} mixed with water is your common household bleach. Bleach is usually used as a disinfectant. Why?

Disinfection:

Certain chemicals are used to reduce the growth of bacteria on non-living surfaces. These chemicals have disinfecting properties as they liberate either nascent oxygen or nascent chlorine.

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When chlorine gas is passed through an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution, sodium chloride, sodium hypochlorite, and water are formed.

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