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The Pine-Sol Recall

Last Tuesday, October 25th, the Clorox Company recalled their Pine-Sol multi-surface and all-purpose cleaners. While the recall doesn’t include the original Pine-Sol in the pine scent, it included the multi-surface cleaner in lavender, sparkling wave, and lemon fresh scents, the Professional Pine-Sol lemon fresh cleaners, and the Pine-Sol all-purpose cleaners in lavender clean, sparkling wave, lemon fresh, and orange energy scents. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission performed testing on the now-recalled products produced between January 2021 and September 2022, when Clorox produced about 37 million units of the potentially harmful cleaners, and found a danger to consumers. The CPSC stated that the products may include harmful bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which poses a risk to consumers with compromised immune systems. If Pseudomonas aeruginosa enters the body of an immunocompromised individual, either through inhalation, a skin tear, or contact with eyes, the bacteria poses a significant health risk that often requires immediate medical treatment; the bacteria is particularly worrisome because it is often resistant to antibiotic treatment.

The products included in the recall were sold by a number of big-name retailers such as Amazon, Kroger, Walmart, Target, and Home Depot, to name a few. The Commission’s website stated that consumers who bought the product any time between January 2021 to September 2022 should stop using the product immediately, dispose of it in its container with household trash, and contact Pine-Sol, either via phone or using their newly-created website, with refund inquiries. 

What’s in Pine-Sol Cleaners?

The Pine-Sol cleaners that are recalled have a long list of ingredients that, even beyond the exposure to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can be worrisome for consumers. The ingredients in the Pine-Sol multi surface cleaner in the lavender scent include water, fragrance, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol, d-Limonene, geraniol, hydroxyethylcellulose, linalool, lavender dye, sodium carbonate, and sodium lauryl sulfate. This laundry list of fragrances, additives, and chemicals pose a risk to the person using the multi-surface cleaner, even if this risk is as mild as an allergic reaction or a headache. Moreover, the products recalled are multi-surface and all-purpose cleaners, which are effective in cleaning up dirt or otherwise making surfaces look nicer, but actually have no bacteria kill claims. The harsh chemicals in the cleaners aren’t even guaranteeing to kill the bacteria that can be building on the kitchen countertops, shower walls, and childrens’ toys. Beyond the bacterial exposure concerns of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Pine-Sol cleaners can be harmful and concerning.

What’s a Safe Alternative to Pine-Sol?

A safer, simpler alternative to Pine-Sol is Pure 100 spray. Instead of containing a long list of chemicals you probably can’t even pronounce, Pure 100 has just two ingredients: water and (a very small amount of) chlorine dioxide. The spray is more than just a surface cleaner or disinfectant; it’s registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a hospital-grade disinfectant, meaning it has the most significant, science-backed kill claims of the categories of cleaners on the market. The spray is approved by the EPA to be used on many surfaces and objects, ranging from dog kennels to kids’ toys. If you’ve thrown away your Pine-Sol cleaner and are looking to pick up a gentle, powerful alternative, shop the Pure 100 spray today.