Last update March 3, 2024


Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

Chloroxylenol is a chlorinated phenolic antiseptic used for skin and wound disinfection, antiseptic hand cleaner and as a household disinfectant. It is not very effective against staphylococci, pseudomonas, Gram-negative bacteria and bacterial spores. Topical cutaneous application.

At the time of the last update, we found no published data on its excretion in breast milk.

It is very toxic and corrosive by oral ingestion. (Lam 2012, Chan 1996, Joubert 1978)

Avoid applying on breast or clean well before breastfeeding. 


Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 157 daltons
Protein Binding 89 %
pKa 9.21 -


  1. Lam PK, Chan CK, Tse ML, Lau FL. Dettol poisoning and the need for airway intervention. Hong Kong Med J. 2012 Aug;18(4):270-5. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  2. Chan TY, Critchley JA. Pulmonary aspiration following Dettol poisoning: the scope for prevention. Hum Exp Toxicol. 1996 Oct;15(10):843-6. Abstract
  3. Joubert P, Hundt H, Du Toit P. Severe Dettol (chloroxylenol and terpineol) poisoning. Br Med J. 1978 Apr 8;1(6117):890. No abstract available. Abstract Full text (link to original source)

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