Chlorine is a chemical element with the symbol Cl and the atomic number 17. Molecules containing chlorine have been responsible for ozone depletion. Here are some of the common uses of chlorine in the world today.
Uses of Chlorine
- Chlorine is used (generally a particular compound of chlorine) to kill bacteria in drinking water and swimming pools. It is also used in disinfectants and bleach for the same reason. Chlorine is very effect against e coli bacteria.
- While not used as often today, some armed forces still use chlorine as a poison gas. It is more regularly used by terrorist groups.
- Chlorine is used to make plastics.
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is made from chlorine. PVC is used to make clothing, flooring, electrical cables, flexible hoses and tubings, figurines (statues), waterbeds and inflatable structures. Also, PVC is now being used to make ceiling tiles.
- Chlorine is used in bromine extraction.
- Methyl chloride, another important compound of chlorine, is used as an anesthetic. It is also used to make certain silicone polymers and is used to extract greases, oils and resins.
- Chloroform, which contains chlorine, is used as a common solvent in science laboratories. It is also used to kill maggots in an animal’s wounds.
- Trichloroethylene is used to degrease metal parts.