what does clorax have in them to make things turn white?

Submitted by Junise Aranda on 02/02/2003. ( Stj2g@yahoo.com )

hi my name is Junise and I'm doing a report on a plant with clorax. I had this question and i would like for it to be answered

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Sulphuric Acid, chlorine

This response submitted by John C on 02/02/2003. ( )

calcium hypclorite (sp) The combination oxidizes, the coloring agents, kills the bacteria by providing a very acid inviroment.

Sodium hypochlorite is Chlorox

This response submitted by PA on 02/02/2003. ( )

NaOCl is the formula. Sometimes presented as NaOHCl(+1) and OH (-1) in solution. It is Basic in nature (i.e. not acidic) and has no Calcium in it.
Oxidation makes some materials whiter, which is why bones become whiter.

Chlorax is a propietary cleaning agent and formulas could be variable.

Junise do you mean Chlorophyl?

This response submitted by Steve Steinbring on 02/04/2003. ( )

If so it is the green coloring matter in plants: in the presence of sunlight converts carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates.


This response submitted by cyclone on 02/07/2003. ( )

The (-OCl) functional group is a strong oxidizer...i.e. it has the ability to pull electrons from other atoms. Stains and colors(in clothes) are chemical compounds and when these compounds are changed by the removal of electrons their properties change...the colors go away..

Take blue jeans for example...wash them with bleach and lots and lots of blue disappears...spill some bleach on your jeans and you'll see what happens...the next time you wash them.

Not all items treated will be turned to white, however...

it turned clearer but it still had color in it

This response submitted by pat miller on 05/29/2003. ( )

I asked what would happen if I added water dye and bleach


This response submitted by caroline on 07/26/2003. ( cri125eligoogle.com )

hi junise its caroline your cousin; clorex has a type of liquid that makes cloths white

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