Calcium hypochlorite is a general oxidizing agent and therefore finds some use in organic chemistry. For instance the compound is used to cleave glycols, -hydroxy carboxylic acids and keto acids to yield fragmented aldehydes or carboxylic acids. Calcium hypochlorite can also be used in the haloform reaction to manufacture chloroform
Calcium hypochlorite exhibits both acido-basic and oxydo-reduction properties. It is a relatively strong base.Calcium hypochlorite solution is basic as the hypochlorite anion can accept a proton from a water molecule leaving a hydroxyl anion in solution. This basicity is due to the propensity for the hypochlorite anion to accept a proton to become hypochlorous acid, a weak acid: Calcium hypochlorite is stored dry and cold, away from any acid, organic materials, and metals. The hydrated form is safer to handle.If mixed with an acid it releases highly toxic chlorine gas.