Sodium Hypochlorite

Sodium hypochlorite, commonly known as bleach, is a chemical compound with the formula NaOCl. Bleach is made from reacting chlorine with sodium hydroxide.

Our customers use sodium hypochlorite when they need to conduct bleaching and sterilization for sanitizing and water purification. In its industrial concentrations, sodium hypochlorite is similar to common household liquid bleach except that the strength is much higher.

In higher liquid concentrations, sodium hypochlorite is a straw yellow liquid that has a characteristic odor of bleach. In solution form, sodium hypochlorite is unstable and easily decomposes, liberating chlorine, which is the active principle of such products.

This chemical’s corrosive properties, common availability, and reaction to other products make it a significant safety risk. If users mix liquid bleach with other cleaning products, such as acids or ammonia, the combination produces toxic chlorine gas.

Northstar’s Sodium Hypochlorite Products

Northstar Chemical provides Sodium Hypochlorite typically as a 12.5% solution.  Northstar has an EPA registered sodium hypochlorite under the label Starchlor®.

Northstar offers sodium hypochlorite in bulk and mini-bulk.

Please contact us to discuss your needs or to get additional info on our Mini-Bulk Tank Loan Program for this product. We provide special tank systems that can help extend the shelf life of sodium hypochlorite.

As a medium-sized public utility, we rely upon Northstar Chemical to provide bleach for our well sites. From the initial call for chlorine through delivery and invoicing, Northstar continues to provide the most professional service.

Sodium Hypochlorite Functions:

  • Bleaching
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Cleaning and sanitation
  • Deodorizing
  • Detoxifying
  • Disinfecting
  • Drinking water and wastewater treatment
  • Commercial and household laundry sanitizer
  • Medicine

Industries Use Sodium Hypochlorite for These Applications:

  • In agriculture as a water additive for irrigation and livestock watering to lower the risks of waterborne contamination to crops and farm animals
  • By the food industry as an additive to water in sufficient quantity to destroy germs in raw foods
  • Paper industry to bleach paper products
  • Pharmaceutical industries as a disinfectant and sterilizing agent
  • Textile industries to bleach textiles
  • Swimming pool chlorination and disinfection
  • Waste disposal industries to reduce odors
  • Municipal and industrial water treatment to destroy algae and waterborne organisms, bacteria, and viruses and to reduce odors
  • Cooling tower algaecide
  • Ingredient in cleaning product formulations
  • Ingredient in chlorine dioxide systems
  • As an agent to wash and assist in disinfection of fruits and vegetables

Northstar’s Sodium Hypochlorite Certifications

The sodium hypochlorite provided by Northstar Chemical meets the following certifications: EPA Registered  Starchlor®, Kosher, Halal, non-GMO, GRAS, NSF, Technical Grade.

For more information, visit our certifications & listings page.