Sodium hypochlorite. Sodium Hypochlorite is a chlorine compound often used as a disinfectant or a bleaching agent. Sodium hypochlorite in 0.5% w/v solution is called Dakins solution, and is used as an antiseptic to clean infected topical wounds. SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE is a colorless or slightly yellow watery liquid with an odor of household bleach. Mixes with water.