(Closed) Help me end this argument!!

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: Is sodium hypochlorite the same thing as bleach?
    YES : (18 votes)
    41 %
    NO : (26 votes)
    59 %
  • Post # 3
    178 posts
    Blushing bee

    @soon2bhis: If you need to prove that it’s a part of bleach you can look up the Material Safety Data Sheet (had to do this before for chem class) and look at the listed ingredients.

    Post # 6
    178 posts
    Blushing bee

    @soon2bhis: It’s definitely not something you would just know offhand IMO but that’s me.  The only reason I’ve heard about it was because of a teacher using it as an example for some things in class.

    Post # 7
    1480 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    According to Wikipedia:

    Common chemical bleaches include household chlorine bleach, a solution of approximately 3–6% sodium hypochlorite (NaClO), and oxygen bleach, which contains hydrogen peroxide or a peroxide-releasing compound such as sodium perborate, sodium percarbonate, sodium persulfate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, or urea peroxide together with catalysts and activators, e.g., tetraacetylethylenediamine or sodium nonanoyloxybenzenesulfonate.

    So I guess it depends what kind of bleach you’re talking about?

    Post # 9
    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m a biologist at a biotech company, if someone asked me this question I would say that I think it was bleach but I would check first. So just to be safe, yes, I would check on internet before assuming a solution was bleach.

    Oh, maybe I would have know this answer if I was taking a chemistry class and I’m sure all of the chemists that I work with know what bleach’s technical name is.

    Post # 10
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I thought yes (didnt read any of the comments before voting) and I am in no way a science/chemist type person! It just sounded like that would be bleach to me…

    Post # 11
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I wouldn’t know if it was bleach or not without looking it up.

    Post # 12
    1749 posts
    Bumble bee

    @soon2bhis:The only way I would think you were a bit uninformed is if you are a chemist. I don’t know anyone else who know off hand.

    Post # 13
    1110 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    I also, would not know if it was the same thing as bleach without looking it up.

    Post # 14
    2496 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I would have no idea unless I looked it up.  I remember the chemical names of water and table salt from high school chem.  Anything else and I’m useless.  I would imagine most non-chemist people would also not know.

    Post # 15
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I knew it was bleach (haven’t taken a science class since high school) but I don’t know where I learned it.  Maybe I read the bleach label enough times something sank in?  🙂  I don’t think this is common knowledge, though.

    Post # 16
    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I majored in chemistry so the compound is familiar to me. But honestly, i had to convert it to its chemical formula in my head…only THEN did it look familiar as NaOCl.


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