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Global Surface Disinfectant Market Size, Share, Trends, COVID-19 Impact & Growth Forecast Report - Segmented By Formulation (Wipe, Liquid and Spray), Type (Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, Phenol, Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Alcohol and Aldehyde), Application, End-User & Region – Industry Analysis from 2023 to 2028

Published: March, 2023
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Global Surface Disinfectant Market Size (2022 to 2027)

The global surface disinfectant market is forecasted to be worth USD 8.38 billion by 2028 from USD 5.64 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 8.23% from 2023 to 2028. 

Global Surface Disinfectant Market Share Insights:

  • Based on type, the alcohol segment captured the most significant share of the surface disinfectants market in 2022.
  • Based on formulation, the liquid segment accounted for 59.4% of the global market share in 2022 and is anticipated to dominate throughout the forecast period.
  • Based on application, the in-house segment led the market and held 70.8% of the global market share in 2022.
  • Geographically, North America had the leading share of 40.8% of the global market in 2021.
  • The European market is anticipated to be worth USD 2.24 billion by 2027.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 10.19% from 2022 to 2027

Surface disinfectant chemicals are used to kill or destroy microorganisms. These chemical agents are more effective than sanitizers because they crush all bacteria. These are different from antibiotics, which fight microorganisms within the body. Usually, surface disinfectants are used in hospitals, clinics, the kitchen, and other places to avoid spreading infections.

Impact of COVID-19 on the global surface disinfectant market:

The spread of COVID-19 is growing rapidly across the globe. The primary step to control the spread of this disease is disinfecting the surfaces everywhere. Government organizations have stepped out to disinfect all public places according to the guidance provided by healthcare professionals and health authorities. On March 10, 2020, the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recommended using environmental protection agency-registered disinfectants to fight against this pandemic disease. Disinfecting all the surface areas with chemical agents has become a significant factor in controlling the spread of this infectious disease.


The growing prevalence of HAIs and other infectious diseases, the increasing geriatric population, the implementation of stringent regulations, and the growing healthcare sector are propelling the global surface disinfectants market growth.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic increased the usage of surface disinfectants worldwide, thus contributing to market growth. The prevalence of killing microorganisms to prevent the spread of infections is a major driving factor for market growth. Furthermore, increasing incidences of chronic diseases and a rise in patient flow in hospitals, as increased awareness programs by the government and non-government organizations to promote the awareness of hygiene to control infectious diseases, are driving the surface disinfectants market. In addition, favorable government initiatives on disinfection and sterilization due to rising incidents of human-transmitted diseases and other infections are key factors driving the demand for surface disinfectants.

The growing patient population suffering from chronic diseases worldwide is further fuelling the surface disinfectants market growth.

The number of patients admitted to hospitals suffering from chronic diseases is significantly growing worldwide. Therefore, hospitals must be disinfected frequently to keep patients safe from acquiring any infectious disease. People suffering from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart-related problems are more prone to the infections around them. Moreover, increasing surgery for this treatment has more chance of spreading the virus or infection through the instrument used. This may lead to sickness in the healthcare provider and workers working in the environment. As a result, this surface disinfectant is used to clean the floor and surgical equipment to reduce the further spread of infection. Considering all these factors surface disinfectant market has demand during the forecast period.

Furthermore, factors such as increasing awareness about the role of disinfection, growing demand for home disinfectants due to increasing focus on child health and rising disposable income, the emergence of diseases like influenza, chikungunya, and Ebola, and growing economies of the counties across the world are likely to offer lucrative opportunities for the growth of the surface disinfectant market during the forecast period. Increasing production of new surface disinfectants recently also drives the market forward. Key players are manufacturing different surface disinfectants for different areas based on the level of infection spread. They also focus on the concentration level of the disinfectant to reduce any further side effects caused by using surface disinfectant for an extended period.


The competition from alternative disinfection methods is one of the major restraints to the surface disinfectant market.

The stringent regulatory environment for surface disinfectant products makes it complex for new products to enter the market, hampering the market expansion and limiting the market’s growth rate. Issues associated with the shortages of raw materials and poor availability of surface disinfectant products in underdeveloped countries are further impeding market growth. Lack of standardization in disinfection protocols, high costs of disinfection products and equipment, and limited understanding of disinfection efficacy and mechanisms further negatively impact the market growth. Resistance of microorganisms to disinfectants and side effects associated with using surface disinfectants are estimated to inhibit the market’s growth rate. In addition, poor awareness regarding the significance of surface disinfectant products among people and healthcare providers in some countries is negatively affecting the market growth. Lack of investment in research and development for new and innovative disinfectant technologies is another major impediment to market growth.




Market Size Available

2022 to 2028

Base Year


Forecast Period

2023 to 2028

Segments Covered

By Formulation, Type, Application, End-User, and Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Challenges; PESTLE Analysis; Porter's Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape; Analyst Overview of Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa


This market research report on the global surface disinfectant market has been segmented and sub-segmented into the following categories.

Surface Disinfectant Market - By Formulation:

  • Wipe
  • Liquid
  • Spray

Based on the formulation, the liquid segment held the major share of the global surface disinfectant market in 2022, and the segment’s dominance is expected to continue during the forecast period. Liquid products are easy to use, have wide availability, and are versatile in application. Due to this, most people prefer using these products, which is one of the significant factors propelling segmental growth. In addition, the rising demand for liquid-based surface disinfectant products from industries such as healthcare facilities, food and beverage processing plants, households, and public places is another major factor boosting segmental growth. The segment's growth is further driven by the increasing need to maintain hygiene by spraying disinfectants in public places.

The wipe segment occupied a substantial share of the worldwide market in 2022 and is expected to grow at a notable CAGR during the forecast period. These products are convenient to use and can be cleaned and disinfected on small or hard-to-reach surfaces using these products. The adoption of these products has been increasing gradually over the last few years, and the trend is estimated to continue further in the coming years.

On the other hand, the spray segment is forecasted to witness a healthy CAGR during the forecast period. This is because the adoption of these products is growing significantly in industries and households, which is majorly driving the segment’s growth rate.

Surface Disinfectant Market - By Type:

  • Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
  • Phenol
  • Chlorhexidine Gluconate
  • Alcohol
  • Aldehyde

Based on type, the alcohol segment captured the largest share of the global surface disinfectant market in 2022, and the domination of the segment is likely to continue during the forecast period. The segment's growth is driven by the growing adoption of alcohol-based surface disinfectants, as these products are believed to be effective in killing a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. In addition, the growing usage of alcohol-based surface disinfectants in various industries such as healthcare facilities, households, and public places, is further propelling the segment’s growth rate.

On the other hand, the quaternary ammonium compounds segment held a considerable share of the global market in 2022 and is predicted to continue showcasing a healthy CAGR throughout the forecast period. The growing use of these compounds in disinfectants for healthcare facilities and food processing industries primarily drives segmental growth.

The phenol segment is another lucrative segment anticipated to perform well during the forecast period owing to growing awareness through government initiatives, even in rural areas. In addition, chlorhexidine Gluconate, alcohol, and aldehyde will grow in the coming years.

Surface Disinfectant Market - By Application:

  • In-house
  • Instrument

Based on application, the in-house segment is predicted to hold a major share of the global surface disinfectant market during the forecast period owing to the growing awareness among people regarding the significance of having a clean and hygienic environment to limit the spread of infections. In addition, the growing incidence of infectious diseases is another notable factor contributing to the segment's growth rate.

On the other hand, the instrument segment is estimated to witness a healthy CAGR in the coming years. Factors such as the growing demand for surface disinfection products in healthcare facilities and research laboratories, the increasing patient population suffering from HAI, and increasing awareness of infection control and prevention are boosting segmental growth.

Surface Disinfectant Market – By End-User:

  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories

The hospital segment is estimated to occupy the leading share of the global surface disinfectant market during the forecast period. The segment's growth is driven by the growing number of patients visiting hospitals, the increasing number of government initiatives to improve hospital infrastructure in developing countries, rising investments from private organizations to maintain a hygienic hospital environment, and increasing healthcare expenditure.

During the forecast period, the laboratories segment is predicted to showcase a healthy CAGR in the coming years.

Surface Disinfectant Market – By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East and Africa

Geographically, North America was the largest regional segment in the worldwide market in 2021, accounting for 40% of the global market share. The domination of the North American region in the global market is likely to be continuing during the forecast period. The growth of the North American Surface Disinfectant market is driven by the growing population suffering from infectious diseases and rising awareness among people and healthcare providers regarding the importance of infection control and prevention. In addition, stringent regulations given by North American countries for hygiene and safety in public places and healthcare facilities are propelling the North American market growth. In 2021, the U.S. occupied the major share of the North American surface disinfectant market, followed by Canada, and the same trend is predicted to continue throughout the forecast period.

The European Surface Disinfectant market occupied a substantial share of the global market in 2021 and is expected to witness a notable CAGR during the forecast period. Factors such as increasing awareness among people regarding the impact of infectious diseases result in the increasing usage of surface disinfectants in the European region and contribute to regional market growth. In addition, the growing usage of disinfection products in European healthcare facilities promotes regional market growth.

The APAC Surface Disinfectant market is expected to register the highest CAGR worldwide among all the regions during the forecast period. The increasing population in the APAC countries, rapid urbanization, and increasing awareness among people regarding the importance of hygiene and infection prevention primarily drive the growth of the APAC market. During the forecast period, India and China are expected to hold the leading share of the APAC market.

The Latin American Surface Disinfectant market held a considerable share of the worldwide surface disinfection market in 2021 and is predicted to grow at a healthy CAGR during the forecast period.

The MEA Surface Disinfectant market is estimated to showcase a moderate CAGR in the coming years.


The companies leading the global surface disinfectant market profiled in this report are 3M Company (U.S.), Procter & Gamble (U.S.), and Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. (U.K.), The Clorox Company (U.S.), Sealed Air Corporation (U.S.), Steris Corporation (U.S.), Cantel Medical Corporation (U.S.), Johnson & Johnson (U.S.), and Ecolab (U.S.).

Some leading companies invest heavily in research and development activities to develop new products to maximize their market share.


  • In February 2020, Procter & Gamble (P&G) launched Microban 24, which protects surfaces for 24 hours by killing 99.9% of germs. As sanitizing is a significant part of controlling the transmission of diseases like COVID-19, this product receives a positive response from customers.
  • In October 2019, 3M acquired Acelity, Inc. with a $6.7 billion cash transaction. This acquisition brings out innovative healthcare solutions where patients can have a better experience.
  • In December 2018, Ecolab Inc. acquired Holchem Group Limited, a leading company in hygiene and cleaning products. This acquisition is anticipated o strengthen the portfolio of the companies in the market.
  • In July 2017, 3M Company launched a 3M Curos Stopper disinfecting cap product. The role of this cap is to protect the port of the instrument from getting contaminated.
  • In June 2017, Clorax Company launched bleach germicidal wipes and hydrogen peroxide cleaner disinfectants.

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What was the market size for surface disinfectants across the world in 2022?

The global surface disinfectant market size was worth USD 5.22 billion in 2022.

Which region had the largest share of the global surface disinfectant market in 2022?

Geographically, the North American region accounted for the major share of the global market in 2022, which is 35.6% 

Which region is the most attractive regional market in the global market?

The North American regional market is estimated to be continued as the most attractive regional market worldwide during the forecast period.

Who are the major players in the surface disinfectant market?

3M, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC, Ecolab and Steris are currently dominating the surface disinfectant market.

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