We supply sodium hypochlorite for general use in 5L and 25L containers, with discounts available for bulk orders
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How is Sodium Hypochlorite Manufactured?
This compound was originally produced by mixing chlorine gas and lye (sodium hydroxide), resulting in a weak solution of sodium hypochlorite. This method was quickly replaced by extraction of chlorinated lime with sodium carbonate and was commonly used as a disinfectant during WWI. A more efficient process was eventually developed and the chloroalkali reaction is now used. This is known as the Hooker process and involves electrolysis of brine to generate chlorine gas and sodium hydroxide, which are subsequently mixed to synthesise sodium hypochlorite. It’s important to keep the solution cold (below 40 degree Celsius) to limit formation of undesired by-products, such as sodium chlorate.
Cl2 2 NaOH → NaCl NaClO H2O
Uses of Sodium Hypochlorite
Bleach may be the most common use for sodium hypochlorite, but there are other applications for this compound:
Bleach: typically, these solutions contain about 3-8% sodium hypochlorite and 0.01-0.05% sodium hydroxide, added to reduce decomposition into sodium chlorate and sodium chloride
Stain removal: In addition to removing stains in clothes, sodium hypochlorite is also used to clean other types of stains, such as mold and tea stains
Manufacture of beer or wine: A 2% solution in warm water can be used to clean surfaces and utensils used in brewing beer or wine, but it needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use
Food industry: The same principle is also used in the food industry, where industrial equipment can be washed and disinfected with a very weak sodium hypochlorite solution
Disinfectant in hospitals: taking advantage of its antimicrobial properties, sodium hypochlorite is used to clean and disinfect working surfaces in hospitals. This is usually followed by a disinfection with ethanol to avoid the corrosive effects of sodium hypochlorite
Water treatment: this compound can be used to treat wastewater, especially if containing cyanides. This way, toxic cyanide is converted to cyanate, which is no longer toxic
Endondontics: Sodium hypochlorite is the compound of choice to treat against bacterial infections in dentistry. Mild solutions are used not only to prevent bacterial development, but it also to dissolve necrotic and diseased tissue in teeth
Medical applications: this compound has been used for decades to treat eczema and skin damage
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Hazard Statement Code
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.
Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects.
Very toxic to aquatic life.
Precautionary Statement Code
Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.
IF ON SKIN (or hair): Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/ shower.
IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
Immediately call a POISON CENTER/ doctor.
Dispose of contents/ container in accordance with local regulations.
Avoid release to the environment.
IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting.
IF INHALED: Remove person to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing.
Sodium hypochlorite (NaCIO) may also be known as sodium hypochlorite solution, sodium chloride oxide, or bleach. In household bleach, other chemicals are usually added to give the product a particular odour or coloration, and thickeners are used to give it viscosity.
Similar to household application, sodium hypochlorite is used on a commercial scale for disinfecting and cleaning. It is also used for water treatment, most commonly in swimming pools. As chlorine in its natural gas state cannot be practically added to swimming pool water, a slightly alkaline solution of chlorine dissolved in water and sodium hydroxide is instead used to chlorinate the water.
Sodium hypochlorite solution is produced on an enormous scale throughout the world, and is a by-product of chlorine manufacture.
Buy Sodium Hypochlorite from Trusted UK Chemical Suppliers
You can buy sodium hypochlorite online at ReAgent, a leading chemical manufacturer with almost 50 years of renowned industry experience. We have a full range of sodium hypochlorite solutions for sale and are able to handle any bespoke requirements you may have. Our Technical Sales team is always on hand to discuss your specific concerns and we are delighted to offer free technical advice to all our customers, no matter where you are in the buying process.
We supply sodium hypochlorite in both 5 and 25 litre containers, but should you require another batch size please dont hesitate to get in touch. We also offer discounts if you decide to buy in bulk, and our solutions range from fairly dilute to highly concentrated.
Sodium Hypochlorite Hazards & Warnings
Higher concentrations of sodium hypochlorite can be quite corrosive and should be handled in a responsible manner by qualified personnel. Please refer to the relevant safety data sheet (MSDS), which can be found on this page.
As a general guide, note that ordinary household bleach is approximately 5% sodium hypochlorite, with a pH of around 11. At ReAgent, we supply solutions from 0.3% upwards, along with low bromine solutions.