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Dettol (the world's largest-selling antiseptic) is the trade name for a line of hygiene products manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser. The company was formed by a merger between Britain's Reckitt & Colman plc and the Dutch company Benckiser NV in December in 1999. Johann A. Benckiser founded a business in Germany in 1823 producing industrial and consumer chemicals. Reckitt & Sons started in Hull, in 1840, where Isaac Reckitt rented a starch mill, then diversifying into other household products.

The active ingredient in Dettol that confers its antiseptic property is chloroxylenol. Chloroxylenol comprises 4.8% of Dettol's total mixture, with the rest made up by pine oil, isopropanol, castor oil, soap and water.

To disinfect something, is to sanitise it, cleaned of germs and other microorganisms. The earliest known systematic use of an antiseptic was the ancient practice of embalming the dead.

As with other manufactured household cleaners, Dettol has the potential for causing lethal toxicity. It is poisonous when ingested and even when it is unintentionally inhaled.

Through continued exposure to antibiotics, bacteria can evolve to the point where they are no longer harmed by these compounds, developing a resistance to antiseptics. Bacteria can increase in number very quickly, which enables them to evolve rapidly. Should some bacteria survive a chemical attack, they give rise to new generations composed completely of bacteria that have resistance to the particular chemical used. Under a sustained chemical attack, the surviving bacteria in successive generations are increasingly resistant to the chemical used, and ultimately the chemical is rendered ineffective.

'(Dis)infected' is far from clinical. Surviving lethal toxicity, he has evolved. Resistant to the antiseptic from which he is made, he is a living advert of false advertising.

Dimensions: H 73cm x W 29cm x D 21cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage Dettol Tin,
Vintage Wheel,
Vintage Tin Cup,
Vintage Patty Pan Tin,
Vintage Enamel Funnel,
Vintage Loaf Tin,
3 x 15W Coloured Bayonet Cap Pygmy Lamps,
Old English Antique Brass Bayonet Cap Lamp holders,
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Bar,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

Please be advised:

Though these assemblage sculptures contain vintage doll components that may have once been played with by children, this piece is not a toy to be played with.

As with all bulbs, they get hot! I use low 15 wattage bulbs on each piece but the bulbs still shed heat, so be advised to display your piece in a suitable location.

Overseas Enquiries:

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Also note - as these sculptures operate on UK voltage (220-240 V 50 Hz) you will need a voltage converter to use them overseas.

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