Lysol Spray: is an American cleaning and disinfection product brand supplied by Reckitt, which also sells Dettol and Sagrotan in other regions.
Liquid solutions for hard and soft surfaces, air treatment, and hand cleaning are all part of the portfolio. Benzalkonium chloride is the active ingredient in many Lysol Spray products, whereas hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the Lysol “Power and Free” range.
Lysol has been used as a domestic and commercial cleaning product, as well as a medical disinfectant, since its invention in the late 1800s.
Lysol Spray Cleaning and Disinfection Product Review
Gustav Raupenstrauch invented the first Lysol Brand Antiseptic Disinfectant in 1889 to help Germany combat a cholera epidemic. Cresols were used in the original Lysol formulation.
In some places of the world, this formulation may still be commercially available. In the United Kingdom, chlorophenol-containing formulations are still available.
Poisoning with Lysol Spray was the most common method of suicide in Australia and New York in 1911.
Benzalkonium chloride, one of the active components, is very toxic to fish (LC50 = 280 g ai/L), very toxic to aquatic invertebrates (LC50 = 5.9 g ai/L), moderately harmful to birds (LD50 = 136 mg/kg-bw), and somewhat hazardous (“safe”) to mammals (LD50 = 430 mg/kg-bw).
During the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, it was widely used.
During the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, Lehn & Fink, Inc. touted Lysol disinfectant as an effective influenza virus countermeasure. Newspaper ads offered advice on stopping the spread of the disease, such as disinfecting sick rooms and anything else that came into contact with patients with Lysol.
A small bottle (US50) yielded 5 US gallons (19 l; 4.2 imp gal) of disinfection solution, whereas a smaller bottle (US25) yielded 2 US gallons (7.6 l; 1.7 imp gal).
The “unrefined” Lysol F. & F. (Farm & Factory) was also advertised for use in factories and other large buildings — a 5-US-gallon (19 l; 4.2 imp gal) can make 50 US gallons (190 l; 42 imp gal) of disinfecting solution when diluted as instructed.
Utilization as an abortifacient
Early Lysol formulations contained cresol, a compound that can cause abortions, and it was widely used by women who couldn’t get legal abortions elsewhere in the United States, despite the fact that the medical community was largely unaware of the phenomenon for the first half of the twentieth century.
By the 1960s, medical journals had acknowledged that Lysol and other soaps were commonly used to induce abortions, which could result in catastrophic renal failure and sepsis.
- 1930: Drug stores and hospitals began carrying Lysol Brand Disinfectant Liquid.
- In 1957/58, Lysol bought the rights to rebrand National Laboratories, Inc’s Disinfectant spray as its own.
- Lysol released the Lysol Disinfectant Spray in 1962, which featured a novel aerosol spraying technology.
- 1968: Lysol introduced its first bathroom cleaner, the Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner.
- Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner was introduced in 1985.
- In 1988, Lysol Spray started sending aerosol disinfectants to humid places like Houston in order to address occupational lung illnesses (also known as “lung rot”).
- Lysol Brand Disinfecting Wipes, pre-moistened, was introduced in 2000 as a cleaning wipe for hard, non-porous surfaces.
Lysol began making hand soaps in 2009
Ownership: Sterling Drug bought Lehn & Fink in 1967, and Reckitt & Colman bought L&F in 1994 when Bayer bought Sterling-Winthrop. Reckitt Benckiser LLC of Parsippany, New Jersey, distributes Lysol products as of 2015.
Different Active Ingredients
Different active chemicals are used in different Lysol formulations. Active chemicals found in Lysol products include: [requires citation]
- 40–3 percent ethanol/SD Alcohol; sanitizer fluid
- 1–2% isopropyl alcohol; largely responsible for Lysol’s strong odor; serves as a sanitizer and odor remover.
- 5–6 percent p-Chloro-o-benzyl phenyl; antiseptic
- 0.1 percent o-phenyl phenol; antiseptic; used in the 1980s
- 3–4 percent potassium hydroxide
- 0.10 percent alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium saccharinate (50 percent C14, 40 percent C12, 10 percent C16); microbiocide
- 0.08 percent alkyl (C12-C18) dimethylbenzylammonium chloride; antiseptic
- 0.02 percent alkyl (C12-C16) dimethylbenzylammonium chloride; antiseptic
- Lactic acid can be used as an antiseptic.
- peroxide (H2O2)
Capacity to inactivate SARS-CoV-2
Some Lysol products “have been evaluated by an independent third party and approved by the EPA to kill SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, on hard, non-porous surfaces,” according to their website.
Lysol Disinfectant Products
• Disinfectants: Lysol Disinfectant products fight microorganisms on surfaces and in the air.
The following items are available: Alkyl (50 percent C14, 40 percent C12, 10 percent C16) Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Saccharinate= 0.10 percent Ethanol= 58.00 percent, Other Ingredients= 41.90 percent (total 100 percent)” o Lysol Disinfectant Spray*: “Alkyl (50 percent C14, 40 percent C12, 10 percent C16) Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Saccharinate= 0.10 percent Ethano
- Disinfecting Wipes (Lysol)
- Lysol Disinfectant Concentrate
Cleaners: Lysol sells a variety of multi-purpose cleansers, as well as kitchen and bathroom cleaners. These are some of them:
- Lysol Free & Power
- Lysol Multi-Use Cleaner
- Pourable Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Lysol Kitchen Power Cleaner
- Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner (Lysol)
- Mold and Mildew Remover (Lysol)
Disinfecting Hand Soaps: Lysol has just released a line of disinfecting hand soaps. The following items are available:
- Lysol Hand Soap System with No Touch
- Lysol Hand Wash (Touch of Foam)