Why is bleach such a good cleaner?



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    The active ingredient in chlorine bleach is called sodium hypochlorite, which is a great oxidizing agent. What allows stains to appear are a series of double bonds between the stains’ carbon atoms, which absorb certain wavelengths of light. The oxidizing agent allows for these bonds to be broken, thereby keeping the stains from absorbing light and making everything look white. Bleach is also a very strong chemical and is good for use as a disinfectant-this same oxidizing agent kills bacteria and viruses, including the virus that causes cholera. When bleach is used, it forms hypochlorous acid, which can break down cell walls of germs and stop protein production in bacteria. See below for more information.

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