Dettol is a brand of cleaning supplies and disinfectant and antiseptic, introduced in 1932[1] and the manufacturer owned by the Anglo-Dutch company Reckitt Benckiser.[1] In Germany, it is sold under the name Sagrotan.[2]

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Product typeAntiseptic
OwnerReckitt Benckiser
Introduced1932; 88 years ago (1932)[1]
Related brandsLysol, another product made by the same company
MarketsWorldwide (except the United States)
Ambassador(s)Funke Akindele-Bello
Tagline"Keep the memories, but not the bacteria"


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.[3]

Dettol Antiseptic Wash contains the active ingredient benzalkonium chloride.[4]

Circa 1978, "household Dettol" was reported to contain 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.


  1. ^ a b c Viveat Susan Pinto (2015-03-12). "40 years ago...And now: Not just germs, Dettol fights rivals unabated". Business Standard India. Archived from the original on 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  2. ^ "Ihr Partner für nachhaltige Desinfektion – Sagrotan". Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  3. ^ "Dettol Liquid, Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  4. ^ "Dettol Antiseptic Wash, Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  5. ^ Pieter Joubert; Hans Hundt; Pieter Du Toit (1978-04-08). "Severe Dettol (chloroxylenol and terpineol) poisoning". British Medical Journal. 1 (6117): 890. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.6117.890.
  6. ^ "Dettol liquid antiseptic and disinfectant". Retrieved 2020-06-19.