The hypoclorite ion breaks down water to
create hydrochloric acid (HCL), Sodium Hydroxide
and a small amount of atomic oxygen (O). This
oxygen reacts vigorously with conjugated double
bonds of aromatic and chromophoric organic
chemicals -- rendering them colorless and
scentless. The oxygen can dissociate the molecules
or bind the free electrons which gave the color
and scent properties to the original chemicals.
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