GVR Report cover Hand Wash Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Hand Wash Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By End Use (Residential, Commercial), By Distribution Channel (Hypermarkets, Retailers, E-commerce), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-465-9
  • Number of Pages: 80
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global hand wash market size was valued at USD 6.55 billion in 2019 and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Increasing awareness related to the role of hand hygiene in infection control is one of the key factors driving the market. Additionally, an increase in the number of influenza-like diseases, such as COVID-19, has been raising the importance of regular hand wash practices among people across the globe. The growing urgency of frequent handwashing behavior has set the tone for the market.

Global hand wash market size

Researches from a large number of renowned healthcare institutes prove that cleaning hand reduces the spread of all types of germs. According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, one should wash hands with soap and water whenever possible as regular cleaning reduces the amounts of germs and chemicals on hands. Similarly, based on a recent research pertaining to COVID-19 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in February 2020, improving the rates of handwashing by travelers passing through just 10 of the world's leading airports could significantly reduce the spread of many infectious diseases.

Practicing constant hand wash is considered to be one of the easiest and most effective methods of preventing common diseases and infections. Hands are mindlessly used for touching other people, objects, and our own selves and therefore, a strong focus has been laid on ensuring the cleanliness of hands when it comes to preventing the spread of disease-carrying germs.

Hand wash products have been gaining traction among consumers as these products have been considered to be more impactful for providing deep hand cleaning as compared to other alcohol-based disinfectants and sanitizers. According to a research by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), hand sanitizers can reduce the number of microbes on hands in some conditions, however, they do not eliminate all types of germs, such as cryptosporidium, norovirus, and clostridium difficile, which can cause severe diarrhea. On the other hand, washing certainly reduces the maximum amounts of germs, pesticides, dirt, and metals from the hand.

Manufacturers of hand wash products have been constantly trying to make their products appealing to a large consumer base by focusing on including earth-friendly and plant-based organic ingredients in the product. For instance, The Caldrea Company’s brand Mrs. Meyers Clean Day offers liquid hand soap made with essential oils, aloe vera, and olive oil as well as offers clear floral scent, such as lavender and rose. This is in consonance with increasing acceptability of natural products in other industries, such as food and beverage and personal care industry. Moreover, the word organic in itself has been one of the key factors driving the sales of these products.

Distribution Channel Insights

Hypermarkets emerged as the largest distribution channel with more than 39.0% share of the overall revenue in 2019. These stores attract a large number of consumers and are usually located in the central parts of the city. Consumers generally visit these stores on weekends and holidays with the intention of full-fledged household shopping and also tend to buy skincare and personal hygiene products.

Some of the major retail giants operating in the market are Walmart Inc., Costco Wholesale Corporation, and Target Corporation. They are increasing their store locations across lucrative markets, including Germany, U.K. China, India, and the U.S., to expand their customer base. For instance, according to a press release by Target Brands, Inc., the company is planning to add seven more stores in the U.S. by 2021. An increasing number of offline stores is expected to expand the scope of hypermarkets over the foreseeable future.

E-commerce channel is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 7.7% from 2020 to 2027 owing to the high convenience offered by this medium. The availability of a wide range of hand wash products with special pricing and great discounts is a key factor enhancing the segment growth. Additionally, increasing internet penetration, coupled with high utilization of mobile phones for online shopping, has influenced manufacturers to promote and sell their products through online retailers, such as Amazon and JD.com, worldwide without the need for an end to end distributor in a specific region.

End-use Insights

The commercial category led the hand wash market and accounted for more than 61.0% share of the global revenue in 2019. An increasing number of hospitals, healthcare centers, and restaurants is a major factor boosting segment growth. The common practice of washing hands before the treatment of the first patient, in between each patient, and at the completion of the day has been considered to be an effective measure to interrupt the transfer of germs and pathogens by all healthcare professionals.

U.S. hand wash market share

The residential segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2020 to 2027. Consuming food with contaminated hands is expected to result in gastrointestinal infections and increase the risk of contracting diseases, such as salmonella, e-coli, and diarrhea. It may also lead to respiratory illnesses and infections, like adenovirus and hand-foot-mouth disease. Manufacturers such as Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, Amway, and Procter & Gamble have been categorically marketing and advertising their products focusing on the aforementioned scenarios, thereby boosting the segment growth.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific accounted for the largest share of more than 32.0% in 2019. Increasing cases of diseases, such as influenza, in the region is one of the important factors fueling the growth of the market. According to a December 2017 report by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, death rates owing to influenza-related conditions have been increasing considerably in the Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Cleaning hands properly through regular hand wash can significantly reduce the risk of these contagious diseases.

Europe is anticipated to expand at the fastest CAGR of 6.6% from 2020 to 2027 as a result of the changing consumer viewpoint towards hand hygiene and overall health owing to recent COVID-19 virus spread cases in the region. Furthermore, historically, this region has been prone to diseases, such as avian flu and H1N1 disease, thus significantly increasing the demand for hand wash products.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global market has been characterized by the presence of various regional and multinational companies. Major manufacturers are adopting various market methods including the introduction of a new product line, expansion of distribution channels, and innovative social concern strategies, to capture the maximum market share and expand their customer base across the globe.

For instance, Unilever’s brand lifebuoy, which specializes in hand care products, has been constantly focusing on promoting handwashing behavior change. The company aims to change the hygiene behavior of 1 billion people in more than 29 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America by promoting the benefits of handwashing by the end of 2020. Such practices have increased the visibility of hand wash products in suburban and rural areas of these countries, which is expected to enhance the product demand. Some of the prominent players in the hand wash market include:

  • Unilever

  • Procter & Gamble

  • Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.

  • Reckitt Benckiser

  • Lion Corporation

  • The Caldrea Company

  • Henkel Corporation

  • 3M

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • Amway

Hand Wash Market Report Scope 

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 7.03 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 10.73 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.4% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

End-use, distribution channel, and region

Regional scope

North America; Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Germany; France; U.K.; China; India; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Unilever; Procter & Gamble; Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.; Reckitt Benckiser; Lion Corporation; The Caldrea Company; Henkel Corporation; 3M; Medline Industries, Inc.; and Amway

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global hand wash market report on the basis of end use, distribution channel, and region:

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Residential

    • Commercial

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Hypermarkets

    • Retailers

    • E-commerce

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • The U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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