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Forum topic by pontic posted 12-27-2017 09:13 PM 457 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2017 09:13 PM

Mixing Bleach and Vinegar.
I know that NaOCL + COOCH3=COOCH2CL (chloroacetic acid)

Chloroacetic acid is a highly toxic industrial chemical. It is used for many processes.
My sister made a big wad of this in her mop bucket. “It smells funny” she reports over the phone. Yikes I said; put a lid on the bucket and carefully carry it out in the back yard.
She call back; “Ok now what?”
I told her to pour in a large box of Backing soda in it wait an hour and then rinse it out in the back yard.
Any other Ideas.
Fred you got any suggestions?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#1 posted 12-30-2017 11:23 PM

Bleach is caustic, it’s a mixture of NaOCl and NaOH (caustic soda). The caustic soda keeps the hypochlorite stable. If you add acid (any acid) to bleach the hypochlorite (NaOCl) converts to chlorine gas and outgasses from the solution. Chlorine is very bad for you, much worse than a solution of chloroacetic acid. Don’t ever add an acid to bleach!
Bicarb won’t do anything. Dump in a handful of steel wool or a bottle of corn syrup. These will both reduce (react with) the chlorine and get rid of it.
Cheers, Robbie.

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#2 posted 12-31-2017 12:17 AM

Thanks Robbie.

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#3 posted 12-31-2017 06:13 PM

Gallon of milk? Being a acid we are after milk would neutralize as it is a base?

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