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Product typeAntiseptic
CountryUnited Kingdom
Introduced1932; 91 years ago (1932)[1]
Related brandsLysol, another product made by the same company
Muse (in Japan and Thailand)
MarketsWorldwide (except the United States)
Ambassador(s)Funke Akindele-Bello
Tagline"Keep the memories, but not the bacteria"

Dettol is a cleaning disinfectant and antiseptic. It was introduced in 1932[1] by the British company Reckitt.[1] In Germany, it is sold under the name Sagrotan.[2]

Prior to 2002, some Dettol products were branded Dettox.[3]

Dettol Antiseptic Disinfectant Liquid[edit]

The active ingredient in Dettol that provides its antiseptic property is chloroxylenol (C8H9ClO), an aromatic chemical compound. Chloroxylenol comprises 4.9% total admixture, with the rest made up of pine oil, isopropanol, castor oil, soap and water.[4]

Circa 1978, "household Dettol" contained chloroxylenol (48 g/L), terpineol, and ethyl alcohol.[5]

The original Dettol liquid antiseptic and disinfectant[6] 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.

Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser and Dettol Antibacterial Wipes contain benzalkonium chloride as the active ingredient.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Viveat Susan Pinto (12 March 2015). "40 years ago...And now: Not just germs, Dettol fights rivals unabated". Business Standard India. Archived from the original on 30 March 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Ihr Partner für nachhaltige Desinfektion". Sagrotan. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Stretching brands to the limit". Business Standard. Retrieved 31 August 2021
  4. ^ "Dettol Liquid, Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd". Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  5. ^ Pieter Joubert; Hans Hundt; Pieter Du Toit (8 April 1978). "Severe Dettol (chloroxylenol and terpineol) poisoning". British Medical Journal. 1 (6117): 890. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.6117.890. PMC 1603731. PMID 638509.
  6. ^ "Dettol liquid antiseptic and disinfectant". Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Bleach Free Antibacterial Surface Wipes". Retrieved 4 March 2020.