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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

brown oily coal-tar solution used as a disinfectant, 1890, coined, perhaps in German, from Greek lysis "dissolution" (see lysis) + -ol, element indicating "oil."

Lysol (disambiguation)

Lysol is a trade name for common household cleaners.

Lysol may also refer to:

  • Lysol (album), a 1992 album by The Melvins
  • Lysol, a character portrayed by muMs da Schemer "The Mad Real World" skit on Chappelle's Show
  • Lysol 200, an event in the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series
Lysol (album)

Lysol (aka Melvins aka Untitled aka Lice-all) is the fourth album by the Melvins, released in 1992 on Boner Records.

The album cover is a painting based on a sculpture by Cyrus Edwin Dallin named " Appeal to the Great Spirit." The image also appears on The Beach Boys in Concert, on the logo for Brother Records, and on the cover of The Time Is Near by the Keef Hartley Band.

The album was recorded in less than a week, according to the band's official website.


Lysol is a brand name of cleaning and disinfecting products distributed by Reckitt Benckiser. The line includes solutions for hard and soft surfaces, air treatment, and hand washing. The active ingredient in many of the Lysol products is benzalkonium chloride. The active ingredient in the Lysol Power and Free line is hydrogen peroxide. Scents from Lysol include Crisp Linen, Floral, Fruit & Citrus, Gourmand, and Fresh.

Usage examples of "lysol".

There are white men in the Solomons who stake all upon boracic acid, and others who are prejudiced in favour of lysol.

When Centaine had caught them at it, she had scrubbed him in a scalding tub of Lysol and carbolic soap that had taken the skin off his most tender parts.

Alone in the diner rest room, alone with the stink of Lysol and piss and little blue cakes of toilet cleanser, Alvin leaned over the sink again and splashed his face with the icy cold water gurgling halfheartedly from the tap.

There was no antiseptic, no medicine not even a bottle of Lysol or a packet of Aspro.

He stopped the fire engines, the swan, and the stag, devaluated Rasputin's coins, sent Goethe back to the Mothers, sent four thousand dizzy little children floating off to Kasemerk, across the Vistula, to the kingdom of heaven -- and picked Oskar up from his sickbed, and lifted him up on a cloud of Lysol, that is to say, he disinfected me.

She found a bottle of Lysol and disinfected the outside of the plastic bag.

And he knew names, so many that it became tedious, that to me who was also swimming in Lysol the question of the life and death of a hundred thousand names became less important than the question of whether life and, if not life, then death, had been disinfected adequately and on time with Mr.

And while he sprayed, powdered, and rubbed, my fever blazed, his tongue wagged, and I learned about the whole carloads of carbolic acid, lime, and Lysol that he had sprayed, strewn, and sprinkled when he was disinfector in Treblinka Concentration Camp.

He told me about Bilauer, who one hot day in August had advised the disinfector to sprinkle the camp streets with kerosene instead of Lysol.

We need cigarettes, chili powder, silver polish, mayonnaise, Lysol, croutons, and chutney.

Cigarettes, chili powder, silver polish, mayonnaise, Lysol, croutons, chutney.

Al Newcum, the sales representative of South Orange Investments, has told me that the Lysol Lady wants Legal Aid.

Al Newcum, the sales representative of South Orange Investments, has told me that the Lysol Lady went to Legal Aid.