Household use includes as follows:
- using as an agent for disinfection and anti-bacterial treatment,
- using for fabric bleaching;
- chemical dissolution of sanitary deposits.
Industrial use includes as follows:
- industrial bleaching of fabrics, wood pulp and some other products,
- industrial disinfection and sanitary and hygienic processing,
- drinking water purification and disinfection for public water system,
- industrial waste purification and disinfection,
- chemical industry.
Use in medicine:
Using sodium hypochlorite for wound disinfection was offered in 1915 at latest for the first time. In modern medicinal practice, sodium hypochlorite antiseptic solutions are mainly used for external and topical application as an antiviral, antifungal and bactericidal agent for managing skin, mucosa and wounds.
Hypochlorite is active against many gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, majority of pathogenic fungi, viruses and protozoans. However, its efficacy decreases in the presence of blood or its components.