BZK vs Alcohol-Based Sanitizers

Monday February 14, 2022

With the rise of the Coronavirus over the past two years, the discussion around PPE has been all over the news. In early 2020, many large sanitizer brands were experiencing increased demand, causing a sanitizer shortage. This led to many alcohol brands and other companies using their facilities to make hand sanitizer for the nation. It also led to a discussion about alternative types of sanitizer like BZK (Benzalkonium Chloride).

What is BZK?

Benzalkonium chloride is a colorless compound used in many pharmaceutical products (eye, ear, and nasal drops), personal care products (sanitizers, wipes, shampoos, and soaps), skin antiseptics, throat lozenges, and many cleaning products. BZK has been used as an alternative to alcohol-based sanitizers and wipes recently for a few reasons.

BZK Wipes vs Alcohol-Based Wipes

One of the main problems with alcohol-based sanitizers is that they are toxic. BZK on the other hand, is non-toxic in low concentrations like sanitizers and wipes. Alcohol based wipes are also known to dry out skin with repeated use. BZK doesn’t dry out skin as it creates a protective layer on skin that can last for hours. It is also known to be combined with tree oils to help moisturize skin whilst also protecting from germs. On hard surfaces like metal and wood, BZK lasts longer than alcohol-based sanitizers and can be effective for multiple days. Finally, one of the biggest problems with alcohol-based sanitizers is that they are highly flammable. This causes complications with transportation, safety, and storage. BZK is not flammable and won’t ignite when stored in a hot environment or close to an ignition source. BZK is non-toxic and non-flammable, but is it effective against germs?


In terms of effectiveness, a recent study by BYU compared the effectiveness of BZK to Alcohol-based sanitizers against COVID-19. Overall, they found that BZK is just as effective against the COVID-19 virus as alcohol-based sanitizers.

Should you switch?

Alcohol-based sanitizers are more commonly used than BZK-based but maybe that should change. BZK is safer for use on children, better for your skin and isn’t highly flammable. Each household should look at the pros and cons and make the decision for themselves.

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