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How effective is chlorine in killing germs, viruses, and bacteria?

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In brief: Very effective.

Chlorine compounds are widely used to kill bacteria and disinfect surfaces.
Examples include treating water, washing fruit and vegetables and disinfecting food contact surfaces. Chlorine is usually combined with inorganic compounds, such as sodium or calcium, to produce hypochlorites, which are effective disinfectants. Chlorine mixed with sodium is a liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite naocl).

In brief: Very effective.

Chlorine compounds are widely used to kill bacteria and disinfect surfaces.
Examples include treating water, washing fruit and vegetables and disinfecting food contact surfaces. Chlorine is usually combined with inorganic compounds, such as sodium or calcium, to produce hypochlorites, which are effective disinfectants. Chlorine mixed with sodium is a liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite naocl).
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