Are these ingredients safe?

vinitaj3vinitaj3 Member
edited March 2014 in Science
Is using 0.20% Benzalkonium Chloride safe when used in a nasal wash?
Also is 0.24% Chloroxylenol safe to be used in a body wash and santitizer? Kindly advice. I have neverworked with Chloroxylenol before.


  • chemicalmattchemicalmatt Member, Professional Chemist
    Yes to both of the above.
  • Benzalkonium Chloride is used in many nasal washes. From and FDA perspective, yes it is safe to use.
    But BC paralyzes nasal cilia and many nasal product users try to avoid it.
  • Thank you very much. 

    Also I am looking for a starting formula for a Nasal wash. I have never worked with Nasal washes in the past. 
  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • Nasal washes usually contain some basic components:

    Purified Water - 97% or greater
    Sodium Chloride - 0.9% - 1.5%
    Humectant - 1%
    Preservative - up to 0.5%

    Some ENT doctors suggest the use of 1% Johnson's No Tears baby shampoo to be added to a regular, 0.9% saline wash routine so as to help chronic sinisutis suffers with clearing out infected mucous from their nose. The baby shampoo, which contains cocomidopropyl betaine, cleans the inside of the nose and washes away infectious micro-organisms in the same way hand washing cleans the hands. In other formulas, xylitol is used as the anti-microbial.

    Do you want your nasal wash to decrease inflammation or kill microbes inside the nose or just rinse out the nose and moisturize it?

  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
  • @bobzchemist - I wish I had a like button for that! I will have to remember that.
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