Chlorine has direct applications, but is primarily used in the manufacture
of a very wide range of other compounds.
Polyurethane varnishes, paints, foams
Hair colouring and care products
Etching and engraving
Bactericides and disinfectants
Pulp and paper processing
Printed circuit boards
Soap perfume stabilisers
Manufacture of Chlorine Compounds
One of the most well known direct uses for chlorine is in water treatment
to reduce bacteria content. This applies to domestic water supplies,
but also to swimming pools and water used in industrial processes.
When dissolved, chlorine reacts with water. It is the hydrogen chlorate
produced that is responsible for the bleaching effect of chlorine.