Halogens

Chlorine and iodine are common disinfectants that are thought to act by oxidizing proteins and other essential cell components.

Chlorine Chlorine destroys all types of microorganisms and viruses but is too irritating to skin and mucous membranes to be used as an antiseptic. Chlorine-releasing compounds such as

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