Systematic name for bleach

It’s quite fascinating to see what visitors to the Sciencebase site are searching for. As you might expect, many of them are after science news articles and related resources. But, occasionally there are some oddities like information on whether Viagra is soluble in water or not.

Yesterday, a visitor hit the site looking for the “systematic name for bleach”. Well, it obviously depends on what you mean by bleach. Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in the common household bleaches that “get right up under the rim” and “kill all known germs”, but there are now several non-chlorine bleaches that contain hydrogen peroxide (more commonly associated with those people who allegedly have more fun).

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