Sodium hypochlorite is a liquid with a slightly yellow or green coloring. It is soluble in water and the odor is chlorine-like and is similar to household bleach. Some metals can cause a quicker decomposition and ineffectiveness of sodium hypochlorite. The natural properties of sodium hypochlorite make it an integral process for disinfecting areas. It can sanitize most materials from cooking equipment to clothing as a detergent.

  • Synonyms: Bleach, Chlorine Bleach, Hypochlorous Acid, Sodium Salt, NaOCl
  • INCI: Sodium Hypochlorite
  • Chemical formula: NaClO
  • CAS # 7681-52-9
  • Hazard: • GHS05 Corrosive
    GHS09 Environmental Hazard


Use the links below to view all package sizes for these specific products:

Sodium Hypochlorite 10%
Sodium Hypochlorite 10.5%
Sodium Hypochlorite 12.5%


AppearanceClear pale yellow liquid
SolubilitiesSoluble in water
Freezing point- 3oF (-19.44 oC)
Molecular weight74.44 g/mol
Weight per gallon10 lbs per gallon (approx.)
ClassOxidizer, Preservative
GradesIndustrial, Technical, USP


In less than 60 seconds, this video will explain the different properties and uses of sodium hypochlorite.

Uses and application for sodium thiosulfate

Sodium Thiosulfate uses include Algaecide, Bactericide, Bleach, Dishwash Detergents, Disinfectant, Electroplating, Germicidal, Hard Surface Cleaners, Laundry Bleach, Oil Field Service Chemicals, Potable Water Treatment, Preservative, Pulp Bleaching, Sanitizers, Swimming Pool, Textile Bleaching, Toilet Bowl Sanitizers, Water Treatment, Wood Pulp Bleaching Agent.

  • Textile Industry: The chemical can be used for textile manufactures to bleach and lighten materials.
  • HI&I: Sodium hypochlorite is a chemical many industries rely on to create and sanitize their products. Detergent and bleach manufactures need sodium hypochlorite as an integral part of their manufacturing.
  • Water Treatment: It is used on a large scale for surface purification, bleaching, odor removal and water disinfection.
  • Agriculture: It is used as a disinfection purposes in food industry and food manipulation
  • Glass Industry

Quick Answers

Sodium hypochlorite is a liquid with a slightly yellow or green coloring. It is soluble in water and the odor is chlorine-like and is similar to household bleach. Some metals can cause a quicker decomposition and ineffectiveness of sodium hypochlorite.

Finding a safe and reliable source of sodium hypochlorite is important to many of our clients. You want a purity and consistency that you can count on for your pure and diluted uses. A popular cleaning agent, stain remover and disinfectant, sodium hypochlorite is also a major component in common bleaches. Brenntag is a leading sodium hypochlorite distributor in the United States and can provide you with the quality of product you need in the format and packaging you want.

Select one of the leading places where to buy sodium hypochlorite in the United States for added peace of mind and assurance that your delivery will be correct and on time, every time. Your local Brenntag representative is ready to answer any questions you might have, so contact us today.

Sodium Hypochlorite is available in cans, pails, metal drums, totes, bulk quantities.

You can download a copy of the SDS for Sodium Hypochloride from Brenntag Connect.

Download the SDS now


This document is for informational purposes only. You accept sole responsibility for reading and complying with the Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s), as well as any other safety information, relating to the products listed herein. The information contained herein is based on Brenntag’s knowledge at the time of publication or release and not on any publications, independent studies, empirical evidence or other form of verification. You should not use or rely on any statements contained herein as a basis for any representations or warranties to your customers or end users as to the safety, efficacy or suitability of any product or for purposes of ensuring your compliance with any laws or regulations. Brenntag makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained herein or as to fitness of any product for any particular purpose. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as an authorization to use or an inducement to practice any patent, trade secret or other intellectual property right. Before producing and distributing any product, it is your sole responsibility to adequately test and document the performance of the product and acquire any required intellectual property rights. You assume all risks for failing to do so and Brenntag shall not be liable (regardless of fault) to you, your employees, customers or end users or any third party for direct, special or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the furnishing or use of this information. Please contact your local Brenntag representative if you have any questions about this information.