• Pronunciation: \ ˌben-zal-ˈkō-nē-əm\ \ ˈklȯr-ˌīd\
  • Type: Synthetic

What Is Benzalkonium chloride 0.1%?

Benzalkonium chloride 0.1% is a clear yellow or straw-colored liquid.[1]

What Does Benzalkonium chloride 0.1% Do in Our products?

Benzalkonium chloride 0.1% is an antiseptic and disinfectant that helps prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungi.[2,3,4] It is often found in foaming hand sanitizers, soaps, nasal sprays, and other products.[5]

Why Puracy Uses Benzalkonium chloride 0.1%

We use benzalkonium chloride 0.1% in our hand sanitizer as an antiseptic and disinfectant. It is the sole active ingredient in the product that ensures 99.9% of bacteria and microbes are eliminated from the surface of the hands. Some studies indicate the ingredient may be an eye irritant in certain concentrations.[9,10]

How Benzalkonium chloride 0.1% Is Made

Benzalkonium chloride 0.1% is a quaternary ammonium compound that can be made by methylating a primary amine from a fatty acid or a blend of fatty acids to form dimethyl alkylamine. This is then quaternized with benzyl chloride.[6,7] Benzalkonium chloride is soluble in alcohol, acetone, and water.[8]


[1] World Health Organization International Programme on Chemical Safety 
[2] DrugBank Canada
[4] European Medicines Agency
[5] DrugBank Canada
[6] Journal of the American College of Toxicology
[7] DrugBank Canada
[8] Journal of the American College of Toxicology
[9] Journal of the American College of Toxicology
[10] European Medicines Agency

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