My new favorite French chemist: Claude Louis Berthollet. Wanna know why?
"Cl2(aq) + H2O(l) H+(aq) + Cl-(aq) + HClO(aq) The H+ ion of the hypochlorous acid then dissolves into solution, and so the final result is effectively: Cl2(aq) + H2O(l) 2H+(aq) + Cl-(aq) + ClO-(aq)"
That clears it up, I'm sure. For all you uneducated individuals out there, I'll rephrase it.
AFTER:Mamma's got the magic of...Clorox.
Oh, and this is for you, Diane. And Mom. And Dad. And pretty much everyone except my husband.