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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