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What does Chlorine do for my pool?
Chlorine is the chemical most often used to keep swimming pools and spas free of bacteria that can be hazardous to humans.
Chlorine kills bacteria though a fairly simple chemical reaction.
The chlorine solution you pour into the water breaks down into many different chemicals, including hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and hypochlorite ion (OCl-).
Both kill microorganisms and bacteria by attacking the lipids in the walls and destroying the enzymes and structures inside the cell, rendering them oxidized and harmless.
The difference between HOCl and OCl- is the speed at which they oxidize.
Hypochlorous acid is able to oxidize the organisms in several seconds, while the hypochlorite ion may take up to 30 minutes.