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Industrial & Institutional Disinfectant & Sanitizers Market

Industrial & Institutional Disinfectant & Sanitizers Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Sanitizers, Disinfectants), By Composition (Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Quats, Chlorine/Iodophor, Others), By End-User (Healthcare, Institutional, Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry, Automotive and Aerospace, Metal and Fabric Manufacturing, Laundry Care, Others), By Distribution Channel (Wholesale Distributors/Stockists, Direct Procurement, Dealer and Distributors, Drug Stores/ Pharmacies, Mass Market Players, Other Retail Stores) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2023-2031

Report Code: SRSC54644DR
Study Period 2019-2031 CAGR 10.01%
Historical Period 2019-2021 Forecast Period 2023-2031
Base Year 2022 Base Year Market Size USD 5.96 Billion
Forecast Year 2031 Forecast Year Market Size USD 14.15 Billion
Largest Market North America Fastest Growing Market Europe
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Market Overview

The global industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market size was valued at USD 5.96 billion in 2022. It is estimated to reach USD 14.15 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 10.01% during the forecast period (2023–2031).


  • Sanitizers dominate the product segment
  • Ethyl alcohol dominates the composition segment
  • Healthcare dominates the end-user segment
  • North America is the highest shareholder in the global market

Hygiene is a vital component of existence, which includes cleansing by removing microbes, dirt, and soil. It is a straightforward and effective method for preventing infections and spreading infectious diseases. Disinfection or sanitization is the regulation or removal of harmful microorganisms that cause contagious diseases through physical or chemical methods. Disinfectant is any drug or method that kills germs, including viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can infect people and cause disease and is primarily employed on non-living materials. Most disinfectants are harsh chemicals but can also occasionally use heat or radiation. Sanitizers are substances or products that minimize or eliminate germs and other harmful agents from surfaces.

Industrial and Institutional (I&I) cleaning products are used in various industries, including offices, colleges, and industrial facilities. Products include all-purpose cleansers for various surfaces, cleaners, sanitizers, and floor care. The product dispensing and end use of I&I cleaning products are distinctive. These goods can be used in various ways, such as mopping floors with buckets or disinfectant spray bottles that can be used for cleaning and disinfecting anything. I&I cleaning products would be concentrated and delivered in single-dose sachets, then placed into a bottle or bucket to create a cleaning solution without the logistical costs associated with shipping water.

Market Dynamics

Global Industrial and Institutional Disinfectant and Sanitizers Market Drivers

Growing Patient Base due to the Spread of Diseases

The rising patient base due to the spread of several diseases is a key factor driving the growth of the hygiene solution market. It can act as a tool to provide additional patient protection and prevent cross-contamination. Patient protection aims at avoiding hazards and mistakes during healthcare delivery. It is vital as millions of people sustain accidents or perish yearly due to inadequate and poor-quality healthcare.

Older generations and higher life span increase long-term (chronic), expensive-to-treat diseases and disabilities. For instance, cancer typically occurs in elderly adults; 80% of cancers are found in individuals 55 or older in the U.S. The US CDC has made it mandatory for hospitals to follow its guidelines to maintain hygiene to avoid spreading infections. Sanitization and disinfection are some of the strongest solutions open to healthcare professionals for preventing cross-contamination. These factors are expected to drive demand within healthcare facilities during the forecast period.

Rising Healthcare-associated Infections 

Infections contracted by hospital patients while being treated for medical or surgical disorders are known as healthcare-associated infections or HAIs. HAIs can affect both healthcare receivers/patients and healthcare providers. Healthcare facilities, including acute-care hospitals, dialysis centers, centers for people with end-stage renal disease, outpatient surgery centers, and long-term care facilities, are susceptible to HAIs. According to the US CDC estimates, 1.7 million cases of HAIs occur in the U.S. every year. The potential economic impact of HAIs goes up to USD 46 billion annually.

Additionally, healthcare systems across the globe are encouraging hospitals to follow hygiene recommendations to prevent HAIs. Using hand hygiene products is one of the best available options for healthcare providers to avoid HAIs and reduce associated costs. These factors will boost the need for hygiene solutions among healthcare facilities during the forecast period, driving the market growth.

Global Industrial and Institutional Disinfectant and Sanitizers Market Restraint

Excessive Use of Hygiene Products

Hygiene products have been excessively used ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2019. However, it is also evident that excessive use of hygiene solutions can have several implications for human health. For instance, some conventional antibacterial cleaners have chemical compounds used as surfactants called alkylphenol ethoxylates, which have estrogen-modeling effects. Isopropyl alcohol may cause burning, stinging, or a cold feeling on the site where it is applied. In addition, one needs to be careful while using an antiseptic on infants after health officials noted several cases of chemical burns in premature infants wiped with hygiene solutions. Thus, such factors hamper the market growth.

Global Industrial and Institutional Disinfectant and Sanitizers Market Opportunities

Spike in Demand for Hygiene Solutions Post-COVID-19 

The demand for hygiene solutions post-COVID-19 will likely increase due to patient footfall and the greater emphasis on maintaining hygiene. Developed nations have implemented a policy-driven architecture to maintain a healthy lifestyle in their society. For instance, numerous developed nations have adopted the WHO recommendation for preventing maternal infections. This creates a healthy market environment for hand hygiene products due to their wide usage to maintain hygiene at hospitals.

Further, surgical care is one of the key areas in hospitals where there is increased use of hygiene solutions such as hand scrubs and washes. From prevention to palliation, surgical services are required to treat all subcategories of diseases. About 80% of diseases can be treated via surgeries. This, in turn, increases the use of hand hygiene solutions in hospitals, especially during surgeries. Apart from the healthcare sector, other industrial setups, such as hospitality and manufacturing, are also likely to witness the need for regular sanitization. This will likely create a huge market opportunity for vendors catering to this market.

Regional Analysis

Based on region, the global industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market is bifurcated into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

North America Dominates the Global Market

North America is the most significant global industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market shareholder and is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 11.15% over the forecast period. The need for disinfectants in the North American market has been primarily driven by the increased prevalence of infectious and health-related diseases, stringent legislation, and favorable government disinfection and sterilization policies in the area. The major reason for the market expansion in the region is the increased fear of infectious diseases and the constant warning of the US CDC regarding the flu season. In addition, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has also fueled the development of the hygiene solution market. With increasing consumer hygiene awareness, key vendors offer broader formulating solutions that cater to their changing needs and preferences. Furthermore, implementing proper hygiene and sanitation facilities in various food processing plants, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, and hospitals, among others, is gaining traction, which is further anticipated to boost the sale of disinfectant products in the region.

Europe is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 8.71% over the forecast period. Enhanced healthcare facilities, numerous favorable guidance, and the availability of technologically advanced medical equipment for surgical procedures are driving the growth of the hygiene solutions market in the region. According to Eurostat, about 18% of the European population is 65 years and above, and the population will reach around 29.9% by 2050. The geriatric population is at a high risk of developing various diseases like heart disease and diabetes, leading to an increased demand for hygiene solutions. In addition, Europe has one of the most stringent emission, safety, and fuel economy norms globally, the key driving factor for developing cockpit electronics in passenger cars. All these factors will likely propel the demand for hygiene solutions in the region.

The Asia-Pacific region is the largest in terms of population and size. Therefore, the region's demand for better healthcare settings is significantly high. However, the region includes several developing economies with ongoing development in healthcare. Governments across the region are taking several measures to spread awareness regarding diseases such as heart disorders and ways to lower mortality levels and comorbidity. For instance, from 4–6 April 2019, a workshop called "3rd Structural Heart Disease Asia Pacific Symposium 2019" was organized in New Zealand to spread awareness of structural heart disease. The key purpose of this symposium was to get medical and allied practitioners involved in systemic heart disease. These programs increase awareness regarding various protection solutions available for systemic heart failure, thereby increasing the adoption of hygiene solutions. Furthermore, the region reports about 8.7 million new cancer cases every year. An increasing pool of cancer patients who require successful chemotherapy further stimulates the uptake of suitable medical accessories, such as hygiene solutions, boosting market growth.

Historically, adult influenza has remained a serious concern among Latin American countries. The 2009 H1N1 pandemic in the region resulted in devastation, with over 2,400 deaths. Though over 166 million doses of influenza vaccines were distributed across the region in 2008, the targeted risk group coverage was low and widely variable. This has increased the demand for hygiene and preventive measures in healthcare settings. In addition, the market is also likely to witness high demand from other end-user segments. For instance, the automotive sector is potentially developed and has a high regional operation.

Across the Middle East and Africa, the demand for hygiene solutions is anticipated to expand rapidly post-COVID-19. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa are the main contributors to the hygiene solutions industry in this area. However, this is relative to other regions owing to the prevalence of a significant undertreated patient community seeking specialized treatment and evaluation, including minimal operations, expanded policy efforts, healthcare support, and enhanced hospital services.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Product
  1. Sanitizers
  2. Disinfectants
By Composition
  1. Ethyl Alcohol
  2. Isopropyl Alcohol
  3. Quats
  4. Chlorine/Iodophor
  5. Others
By End-User
  1. Healthcare
  2. Institutional
  3. Hospitality
  4. Food and Beverage Industry
  5. Automotive and Aerospace
  6. Metal and Fabric Manufacturing
  7. Laundry Care
  8. Others
By Distribution Channel
  1. Wholesale Distributors/Stockists
  2. Direct Procurement
  3. Dealer and Distributors
  4. Drug Stores/ Pharmacies
  5. Mass Market Players
  6. Other Retail Stores
Company Profiles 3M Ecolab GOJO Industries Procter & Gamble Reckitt Benckiser Group Johnson & Johnson The Unilever Group Vi-Jon Braun Bath & Body Works BODE Chemie Bright Solutions Cantel Medical CleanWell Edgewell Personal Care GAMA Healthcare Henkel
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

The global industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market is bifurcated into product, composition, end-user, and distribution channels.

Based on the product, the global industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market is divided into disinfectants and sanitizers. 

The sanitizers segment is the most significant contributor to the market and is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 16.17% over the forecast period. Sanitizers are chemicals utilized mostly as a substitute for soap and water, primarily for sanitizing hands and surfaces, thereby preventing the spread of various infections and diseases. Sanitizers are available in various product variants, such as gel-based, liquid, foam-based, wipes, and spray. Gel-based sanitizers, primarily available under hand sanitizers, are preferred due to their higher dosage amount and effectiveness. Liquid hand sanitizers act more quickly (approximately 15 seconds), while gel-based hand sanitizers require close to 30 seconds to react accordingly.

Further, foam-based sanitizers are also considered a cost-effective alternative for various facilities as they dispense fewer products per dose, which helps companies expand revenues. Spray hand sanitizers are often considered to be a good fit for cost-conscious budgets and are mostly found to be used in workout areas, gyms, and other health wellness centers, along with certain commercial applications.

Based on composition, the global industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market is bifurcated into ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, quats, chlorine/iodophor, and others. 

The ethyl alcohol segment owns the highest market share and is predicted to exhibit a CAGR of 10.09% over the forecast period. Ethyl alcohol-based hygiene solutions witnessed high demand during the COVID-19 outbreak. They are 40% more effective against the virus than normal solutions. For example, the hygiene solution contains varying quantities of alcohol, ranging from 60% to 95%. In addition, the CDC advises that when soap and water are unavailable, hand hygiene solution with a final concentration of at least 60% ethanol can make viruses, genetically linked and have identical physical properties to COVID-19, inactivate.

Based on the end-user, the global industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market is bifurcated into healthcare, institutional, hospitality, food and beverage industry, automotive and aerospace, metal and fabric manufacturing, laundry care, and others. 

The healthcare segment dominates the global market and is predicted to exhibit a CAGR of 11.08% during the forecast period. The healthcare sector has always been one of the key contributors to the disinfectants and sanitizers market. The healthcare sector generally comprises hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physician's offices, doctor's cabins, mobile ambulances, and others, offering a good scope for overall market growth. A noted fact within the healthcare sector is that the most common form of transmission of pathogens is via hands and surfaces. Factors such as lack of knowledge of guidelines/protocols and disagreement with recommendations also result in poor adherence to hand hygiene. Over the years, numerous researches, studies and surveys have concluded that millions of patients worldwide acquire HAIs, and close to 5% of those infected die eventually.

Based on the distribution channel, the global industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market is segmented into wholesale distributors/stockists, direct procurement, dealer and distributors, drug stores/pharmacies, mass market players, and other retail stores. 

The wholesale distributors/stockists segment is the largest contributor to the market and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 11.36% over the forecast period. Wholesale distributors/stockists play a vital role in delivering hygiene products. The local availability of bulk stock helps faster shipment and maintains the efficiency of the supply chain. Some of the key suppliers of hand sanitizers in the U.S. include G6 Medical Supply, Ballistic, Quality Control Wholesale, and Namakkal.

Market Size By Product

Recent Developments

  • March 2023- Neogen Corporation revealed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had granted its Neogen Viroxide Super disinfectant additional virucide claims. These label claims indicate that Neogen Viroxide Super kills viruses that cause avian influenza A, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, bovine viral diarrhea, and African swine fever on firm, non-porous surfaces.
  • March 2023- S.C. Johnson is launching a brand of novel disinfectants called FamilyGuard. The product is available in spray and aerosol spray forms and is designed for use on over 100 surfaces, including those where children and animals play.

Top Key Players

3M Ecolab GOJO Industries Procter & Gamble Reckitt Benckiser Group Johnson & Johnson The Unilever Group Vi-Jon Braun Bath & Body Works BODE Chemie Bright Solutions Cantel Medical CleanWell Edgewell Personal Care GAMA Healthcare Henkel Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How big is the industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market?
The global industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers market size was valued at USD 5.96 billion in 2022. It is estimated to reach USD 14.15 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 10.01% during the forecast period (2023–2031).
The rising patient base due to the spread of diseases, and rising healthcare-associated infections are the major growth factors of the market.
Key verticals adopting industrial and institutional disinfectant and sanitizers include: - 3M, Ecolab, GOJO Industries, Procter & Gamble, The Unilever Group, Vi-Jon, Braun, BODE Chemie, Bright Solutions, Cantel Medical, CleanWell, GAMA Healthcare, Henkel.
The sanitizers market sector is expected to dominate over the forecast period.

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