How is hypochlorous acid deactivated?


Hypochlorous acid is a strong oxidant that is seeking to steal electrons from another molecule. Synthetic surfaces are difficult to steal electrons from however organic matter, microbial pathogens, or oxygen in the air is easy to steal electrons from. Once hypochlorous acid steals an electron, it either binds to that molecule and forms a new molecule, reverts back to hypochlorite, or it turns back into saline.