Difference between the bleaching action of SO2 and CL2

which is a better bleaching agent

Poll closed Jun 21, 2007.
  1. hno3

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  2. cl2

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  1. SO2 and Cl2 are both bleaching agents. but hoe do they differ based on the bleaching action?

    plz help!@!!
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  3. symbolipoint

    symbolipoint 3,070
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    A quick guess, not necessarily the most correct guess, is that they differ by their oxidation potentials. They may also differ by identity of resulting reduced products. Sulfur compounds may or may not be advantageous or troublesome as products.
  4. thank you for this
  5. chemisttree

    chemisttree 3,723
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    Actually, SO2 is a reducing agent. When it reacts with water, it produces sulfonic acid, H2SO3. The anion of this acid is sulfite and bisulfite. These are added to foods to block the action of oxidation from atmospheric oxygen.

    Hint: Look up the Kraft sulfite bleaching process.
  6. thanx for tjhis
  7. Similarities -The one thing common between their bleaching action is both of them requires
    Moisture for bleaching action.
    Differences -
    The bleaching action by chlorine is based on Oxidation means it requires nascent oxygen for
    Bleaching action. While sulphur dioxide bleaching is based upon the reduction (Use of the
    nascent hydrogen)
    Another difference is the bleaching action of sulphur dioxide is temporary while bleaching
    Action of chlorine is permanent.
    Basically bleaching action by chlorine is strong-Used for bleaching cotton, jute,It also
    Damages delicate fibres by vigorous reaction.
    While SO2 is Mild bleaching agent..Used to bleach delicate fibres like silk,wool..Does not
    damage fabric as its not strong.
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