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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:48 pm    Post subject: Help with finding products of a glorified combustion reactio Reply with quoteFind all posts by GMF

So im a senior in HS and I'm going to become a chemist! I've been working on an experiment but I cannot for the life of me find the products of the reaction online ANYWHERE. the reaction is mixing pool chlorine with DOT 3 brake fluid.
The pool chlorine is Ca(ClO)2 which is calcium hypochlorite and the agent that is in the brake fluid that is actually used is C2H6O2 which is Polythylene. Its a very popular reaction but I can't find out what it produces! I heard it produces "aldehydes" but that really doesn't help me.

I've done it before and it does react and produces flames and a small amount of thick white smoke. In small portions no flames are produced but there is a large amount of smoke. any help would be appreciated! I try to do all my experiments properly in a lab notebook and I want to document it and make sure I'm not going to kill myself with some deadly product.

the skeleton equation is:

Ca(ClO)2 + C2H5O2 = ?? ?? ??
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