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Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market

Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (N-propyl alcohol, Methyl alcohol, Ethyl alcohol, Isopropyl alcohol, Others), By Application (Sanitizers, Clinical devices, Clinical surfaces, Others) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2024-2032

Report Code: SRCH399DR
Study Period 2020-2032 CAGR 8%
Historical Period 2020-2022 Forecast Period 2024-2032
Base Year 2023 Base Year Market Size USD XX Billion
Forecast Year 2032 Forecast Year Market Size USD XX Billion
Largest Market North America Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
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Market Overview

Alcohol-based disinfectants are anti-microbial agents that are usually applied on a surface to kill microorganisms and provide a germ-free environment. The global alcohol-based disinfectant market is growing on account of industrial applications in medical, paint, cosmetics, and soap industries, among others. Since alcohol-based disinfectants efficiently kill harmful germs and evaporate, they register strong demand in sanitization processes.

Growing healthcare expenditure is a key factor that drives the adoption of alcohol-based disinfectants. According to the World Bank, global healthcare expenditure grew from USD 3,786 billion to USD 7,427 billion during 2003–2013, recording 7% growth.

Rising Consciousness Regarding Hygiene as a Means to Curb the Incidence of Infections

The global alcohol-based disinfectant market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 8% during the forecast period, 2019–2026.

The increasing demand for industrial and domestic disinfectants will drive market growth during the forecast period. The medical industry, specifically, witnesses significant demand for alcohol-based disinfectants due to the requirement of a sterile environment in medical facilities. Sanitizers efficiently kill germs and, subsequently, prevent users from falling ill and contracting illnesses. A CDC study on 6,000 students across 16 elementary schools found that absenteeism reduced 19.8% with the continuous usage of alcohol gel hand sanitizers in classrooms.

Paint, Soap, and Cosmetic Industries – Key Shareholders

The paint industry is a prominent application area for alcohol-based disinfectants as these disinfectants are added in paints to kill germs and other microorganisms. Similarly, alcohol-based disinfectants are also added to soaps and cosmetics. Overall, paint, soap, and cosmetic industries are expected to account for significant value shares in the global alcohol-based disinfectant market. Hospitals constitute the most promising application area due to the widespread use of alcohol-based disinfectants for disinfection and preventing contamination.

Hospitals – The Most Promising Application Segment

The hospital industry is the most promising industry among all in the alcohol-based disinfectant market on account of the rising prevalence of injections. The accelerated growth of alcohol-based disinfectants in the hospital industry augments the global market value. The aerosol spray segment has been witnessing considerable growth since the past few years, which can be attributed to the use of alcohol-based disinfectants for adhesion and coverage to hard surfaces, including bath, countertops, and toilets.


Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

  • Health consciousness
  • Government initiatives targeting public health
  • Awareness towards the correlation between cleanliness and health
  • Prevalence of health issues stemming from unhygienic living conditions
  • Industrial applications to prevent bacterial action in the product line

Market Restraints

  • Availability of non-alcohol disinfectants
  • Low cost of non-alcohol disinfectants as compare to conventional disinfectants

Market Opportunity

  • Increasing solvent ratio in alcohol-based disinfectants for other industries

Regional Analysis

North America to Account for Almost One-Third of the Total Value Share

North America holds the largest share in the global alcohol-based disinfectant market on account of the presence of developed countries (the U.S. and Canada) and developing countries (Mexico). The regulatory environment in North America has been fostering market growth to a great degree. For instance, in the U.S., in healthcare settings, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates high level disinfectants/liquid chemical sterilants such as hydrogen peroxide, glutaraldehyde, and peracetic acid, whereas the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates disinfectants that are used on environmental surfaces, including clinical contact surfaces and house-keeping surface. Furthermore, disinfectants intended for use on house-keeping surface and clinical contact surfaces are regulated in interstate commerce by the Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, EPA, under the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), compliance to 40 CFR 152.

The growing emphasis on public health in North America is also bolstering market growth in the region. According to the Economic Survey of the U.S. data, healthcare expenditure accounted for 17.2% of the country’s GDP in 2016 and is estimated to account for around 18.5% of the GDP by 2021. The rapid increase in healthcare expenditure will foster demand in the region and provide impetus to the alcohol-based disinfectant market.

APAC to Register the Fastest Growth Among All Regions

Asia-Pacific (APAC) is tipped to be the fastest-growing region globally due to the presence of emerging economies such as India, China, Japan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. India’s disinfectant market is stepping into the top five revenue-generating economies in the alcohol-based disinfectant market. The government of India has classified product standards under Schedule ‘O,’ and colors are permitted under Rule 127 & Schedule Q of Drugs and Cosmetics Act. Such favorable government initiatives and measures help the regional market grow and, ultimately, provide a positive industrial landscape. 

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Product
  1. N-propyl alcohol
  2. Methyl alcohol
  3. Ethyl alcohol
  4. Isopropyl alcohol
  5. Others
By Application
  1. Sanitizers
  2. Clinical devices
  3. Clinical surfaces
  4. Others
Company Profiles  3M Company BODE Chemie GmbH, Reckitt Benckiser DuPont Johnson & Johnson Ecolab Inc.
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

Ethyl Alcohol and Isopropyl Alcohol – Dominant Product Types

Isopropyl alcohol is a solution comprising 10–40% purified water with 90–40% alcohol. Water acts as a catalyst in denaturing the proteins of vegetative cell membranes, while alcohol inhibits the growth of pathogenic microorganisms. Isopropyl alcohol-based disinfectants can be classified into three alcohol ratios, namely below 50% alcohol concentration (disinfects), 70% alcohol concentration (penetrates into the cell wall and kills microorganisms), and more than 91% alcohol concentration (kills viruses but requires more contact time for disinfection). Each of these concentrations finds applications in industrial verticals for different needs.

Ethyl alcohol, owing to its quick-drying and fast action, coupled with its soft feel and compatibility with sensitive skin, finds application in moisturizers. Furthermore, ethyl alcohol is present in alcoholic beverages, which are widely used around the world for recreational activities.

Hand Sanitizer Segment by Application to Account for More Than Half the Total Value Share

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are used extensively in hospitals, soaps, medicals, and homes. With rising urbanization, hand sanitizers are increasingly being used as an alternative to soaps in homes. These sanitizers – available in the form of gel, liquid, and foam – kill microbial and other harmful germs. Hand sanitizers have been gaining popularity from a commercial standpoint with consumers in eastern parts of the globe attracts towards the western culture. Further, promotional campaigns and media coverage are also providing excellent growth opportunities for the market. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are easily available in hypermarkets, drug stores, and grocery stores, as well as online stores.

Market Size By Product

Market Size By Product
  • N-propyl alcohol
  • Methyl alcohol
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Others
  • Top Key Players

    Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market Share of Key Players

    Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market Share of Key Players
     3M Company BODE Chemie GmbH, Reckitt Benckiser DuPont Johnson & Johnson Ecolab Inc. Others

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the growth rate for the Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market?
    Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market size will grow at approx. CAGR of 8% during the forecast period.
    Some of the top industry players in Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market are,  3M Company, BODE Chemie GmbH,  Reckitt Benckiser, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Ecolab Inc., etc.
    North America has held a dominant position in the Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market, with the largest market share.
    The Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market has seen the most substantial growth rate in Asia Pacific.
    The global Alcohol-Based Disinfectant Market report is segmented as follows: By Product, By Application

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