DETTOL COMPANY
DETTOL COMPANY

Dettol is a brand of cleaning supplies and disinfectant and antiseptic, introduced in 1932[1] and produced by Anglo-Dutch company Reckitt Benckiser.[1]

The active ingredient in Dettol that confers its antiseptic property is chloroxylenol (C8H9ClO), an aromatic chemical compound. Chloroxylenol comprises 4.8% of Dettol's total admixture, with the rest made up of pine oil, isopropanol, castor oil, soap and water.[2]

 

Dettol Antiseptic Wash contains the active ingredient benzalkonium chloride.[3]

 

Circa 1978, "household Dettol" was reported to contain chloroxylenol (48 g/L), terpineol, and ethyl alcohol.[4]

 

The original Dettol liquid antiseptic and disinfectant[5] is light yellow in colour in the concentrated form but, as several of the ingredients are insoluble in water, it produces a milky emulsion of oil droplets when diluted with water, exhibiting the ouzo effect.

 

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