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Bleach: Reactions of Hypochlorite

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The active ingredient in bleach is sodium hypochlorite ($NaClO$). In the bleaching processes, hypochlorite can react with a lot of substances, such as stains, sources of odor and pathogens, to turn itself into chloride and turn the substances that react with it to something else.

Which of the following statement is TRUE about the function of hypochlorite in bleaching reactions?

A

It is an oxidizer and the substances that react with it get reduced.

B

It is an oxidizer and it gets reduced by the substances that react with it.

C

It is a reductant and the substances that react with it get reduced.

D

Both hypochlorite and the the substances that react with it are oxidized.

E

Both hypochlorite and the the substances that react with it are oxidized.

F

It is a reductant and the substances that react with it get oxidized.