Difference between lysol and pine sol

Difference between lysol and pine sol DEFAULT

The EPA-approved products proven to kill SARS-CoV-2:

1. Lysol Disinfectant Spray

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium; Ethanol (Ethyl alcohol)
  • EPA registration number: 777-99

2. Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium; Ethanol (Ethyl alcohol)
  • EPA registration number: 777-127

3. Lysol Disinfecting Wipes (All Scents)

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 777-114

4. Lonza Formulation R-82

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-78

5. Lonza Formulation S-21

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-75

6. Lonzagard RCS-256 Plus

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-349

7. Lonzagard RCS-128 PLUS

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-348

8. Lonzagard RCS-128

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-347

9. Lonzagard RCS-256

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-346

10. Lonza Formulation R-82F

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-139

11. Lonzagard R-82G

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-381

12. Lonza Formulation S-18

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-77

13. Lonza Formulation DC-103

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-152

14. Lonza Formulation S-21F

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-140

15. Lonza Formulation S-18F

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-136

16. Lonza Disinfectant Wipes

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-313

17. Lonza Nugen Low Streak Disinfectant Wipes

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-382

18. Lonza Disinfectant Wipes Plus

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-336

19. Lonza Disinfectant Wipes Plus 2

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 6836-340

20. Lysol Laundry Sanitizer

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 777-128

21. Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 67619-31

22. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 5813-79

23. The Clorox Company’s CDW

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 5813-113

24. CloroxPro Clorox Germicidal Bleach

  • Active ingredient: Sodium hypochlorite
  • EPA registration number: 67619-32

25. The Clorox Company’s Tuck 3 (Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner)

  • Active ingredient: Glycolic acid
  • EPA registration number: 5813-101

26. Spartan Chemical Company Inc.’s NABC

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 5741-18

27. Midlab’s HP2O2

  • Active ingredient: Hydrogen peroxide
  • EPA registration number: 45745-11

28. Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipes

  • Active ingredient: Sodium hypochlorite
  • EPA registration number: 67619-12

29. Stepan Company’s Detergent Disinfectant Pump Spray

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 1839-83

30. Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 777-91

31. Lysol Brand All Purpose Cleaner

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 777-66

32. Dr J’s Surface Disinfectant

  • Active ingredient: Quaternary ammonium
  • EPA registration number: 97092-1
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  • As of April 2021, the CDC says the risk of surface transmission of the coronavirus is extremely low—less than 1 in 10,000. We have updated the guide with that information.

  • As of April 2021, the CDC says the risk of surface transmission of the coronavirus is extremely low—less than 1 in 10,000. We have updated the guide with that information.

    We have also added new cleaners that are EPA List-N certified, including three that do not use bleach or quaternary ammonium compounds.

April 14, 2021

This guide covers hard-surface household cleaners that are effective general purpose cleaners, and they also are all approved by the EPA to rapidly eliminate the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus may survive and remain infectious on some hard surfaces for up to three days, and disinfecting surfaces remains a cornerstone of the CDC’s guidelines for protecting yourself. However, as of April 2021, the CDC’s position is that contaminated surfaces are not a major source of infection (rather, the CDC says, person-to-person contact is, and airborne transmission can occur in enclosed spaces).

You can also make an effective homemade disinfectant from a mixture of water and bleach, which you may already have on hand. It’s equally important to know how to use a disinfectant properly—that means allowing enough time for a disinfectant to do its job, which can be as much as 10 minutes. If you use a household cleaner that’s not among our picks and want to know whether it’s an effective coronavirus disinfectant, search for it on the EPA’s List N, the definitive and frequently updated resource.

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, like the other picks in this guide, are not necessarily better than the other options; our advice is to get any of our picks that you can find, first of all. In non-pandemic times, Clorox’s bleach-free wipes are usually sold in single canisters or in four-packs at a range of retailers. These wipes can eliminate the coronavirus on hard surfaces in your home—countertops, bathroom fixtures, doorknobs, light switches, and tile and some wood floors—but not on fabric and other soft materials.

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes are also EPA-approved to disinfect hard surfaces, and are also (usually) widely available, either in a single canister or a six-pack. They employ the same non-bleach disinfectant as the Clorox wipes but take longer to work: 10 minutes versus four. That means more waiting around while they work, but if you find them, get them.

Lysol Disinfectant Spray uses quaternary ammonium (quats) instead of bleach. It’s safe on hard surfaces and most fabrics, and it’s gentler on skin than bleach and produces fewer harsh fumes. It eliminates the coronavirus in 10 minutes on hard surfaces but only sanitizes (kills most but not all pathogens) on soft surfaces. Look for it also sold as a two-pack or three-pack.

Like the similar Lysol Disinfecting Spray, Lysol Max Cover Mist is quats based and safe on both hard surfaces and fabrics, but is guaranteed to eliminate the coronavirus only on hard surfaces, taking 10 minutes to do the job.

Clorox Multi-Surface Cleaner + Bleach eliminates the coronavirus in one minute on hard surfaces, such as you find in kitchens and bathrooms—sinks, faucets, toilets, tile, and synthetic countertops. Any bleach-based spray like this is for use only on hard surfaces. It will damage fabrics, feel harsh on skin, and produce fumes that can irritate mucous membranes. Take basic precautions such as ventilating the room and wearing gloves.

This bleach-based spray eliminates the coronavirus in five minutes on hard surfaces and is for use on bathroom and kitchen surfaces. No fabrics. Wear gloves. Ventilate the room.

Unlike the other spray-bottle options on our list, this one is fabric-safe because it uses quaternary ammonium (“quats”) instead of bleach. It eliminates the coronavirus in two minutes on hard surfaces, whereas on soft materials it may sanitize—that is, kill most viruses and other pathogens present—but is not guaranteed to fully disinfect. It’s less harsh on the skin and produces less-noxious fumes than bleach-based products.

Like you, we couldn’t find many of these ready-to-use products for sale online in 2020. But one thing has been consistently available: Bleach. Clorox recommends a half cup of bleach per gallon of water to make a disinfectant solution; we’ve found the CDC recommending a more diluted version, and other experts use a more concentrated mix. Before you concoct any bleach-based disinfectants, please learn how to do it safely and effectively. Start with our section on how to make a homemade disinfectant for coronavirus.

Everything we recommend

Why you should trust us

For this guide, we spoke extensively with Mark Warner, education manager at the Cleaning Management Institute, a leader in training and certification for professional cleaning services. Warner is an expert on disinfectants and their proper use, and much of the information here comes from our interview. Guide author Tim Heffernan has spent considerable time determining the facts (and dismissing the hype) during his research into air purifiers, water filters, and water quality test kits—all experience that proved valuable as we assessed the latest news from the CDC and other agencies researching and reporting their findings on COVID-19.

Who this is for

Not all household cleaners are disinfectants. Disinfectants have to be able to kill virtually every type of bacteria and virus, and they have to kill virtually 100 percent of the pathogens present on the surfaces you use them on. In this guide, we’re interested in killing things—like coronavirus—so household cleaners that are also disinfectants are the focus.

That said, sanitizing surfaces is not a bad idea, and as of April 2021, the CDC maintains its longstanding advice that people can “slow the spread” through daily disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and objects. In the CDC’s words: “This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.” The coronavirus is known to survive on plastic and steel for as long as three days (though the number of live viruses decays rapidly over that time), hence the daily regimen. The products below are safe to use on many of these surfaces, though you should always follow manufacturer instructions, as bleach-based disinfectants, especially, can damage some surfaces as well as fabrics and other soft materials.

Many people are worried about the potential for packages and mail to bring the virus into their homes. The virus may survive on cardboard boxes for up to 24 hours, but the CDC’s position is that “because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures.”

How we picked

The definitive list of disinfectants that are approved to kill the COVID-19 coronavirus on hard surfaces is the EPA’s List N. The EPA is regularly updating it and adding new products during the ongoing outbreak. We monitor the list to identify disinfectants that, in normal times, are sold widely to the public and all of our recommendations below are based on that criterion. The EPA has an excellent FAQ page that will help you understand the list and determine whether a given disinfectant that you already have on hand is approved.

To be called a disinfectant, a spray, soap, or wipe has to be able to kill virtually every type of bacteria and virus, and it has to kill virtually 100 percent of the pathogens present on the surface you use it on. We focused on true disinfectants that are specifically approved to kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Disinfectants are different from sanitizers, which “are not designed to kill all disease-causing microorganisms,” Warner explained. “They’re designed to kill most, down to a level that’s considered safe,” and “come into play on surfaces that can’t be disinfected—porous surfaces, like your skin, fabric, and carpet.” Other terms you may have seen on household cleaners and soaps include antimicrobial and antibacterial. “That doesn’t mean that they’re sanitizing or disinfecting,” Warner said. “We see those claims on household cleaners and hand soaps. It’s a bit of marketing, really.” The FDA studied antimicrobial soaps and their active ingredients extensively and found that “manufacturers haven’t shown that these ingredients are any more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illnesses and the spread of certain infections.”

A List N entry means the EPA vetted the disinfectant and approved it to kill the coronavirus on the surfaces that disinfectant is designed for. Few have been directly tested on the COVID-19 coronavirus itself: “There aren’t a lot of samples to do testing with,” explained Warner. But the EPA’s vetting is based on past testing on other viruses, including known human coronaviruses like the one that causes SARS (responsible for a global outbreak in 2003) and/or animal coronaviruses and/or viruses that have similar characteristics or are known to be tougher to kill. If a disinfectant is on List N, Warner said, “it is truly, truly effective on COVID-19.”

List N disinfectants are generally designed to be used on hard, nonporous surfaces like metal (faucets, doorknobs), countertops (quartz, sealed granite), or glass and ceramic (sinks, tiles, tubs). They may not be effective on soft or absorbent materials like fabrics or rugs—and, in the case of bleach-based disinfectants, would likely cause irreparable damage.

The vast majority of List N disinfectants sold to the public fall into one of two categories: those based on bleach (sodium hypochlorite) or those based on quaternary ammonium (a class of compounds known generally as “quats”). List N also includes disinfectants based on other compounds, but those are largely restricted to commercial products aimed at the medical, pharmaceutical, industrial, and janitorial trades. “The most modern are those that are based on hydrogen peroxide” but are “much stronger than what you’d buy in a brown bottle at a pharmacy” and also contain substances that keep the peroxide stable and effective for longer, Warner said. Others incorporate concentrated isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or ethanol (the kind of alcohol that some people drink). They’re generally not available at retail.

Finally, List N distinguishes between product types. The category “Wipe” refers to, well, wipes—presoaked cloths, akin to baby wipes, that are designed to be used right out of the container. Then there are “RTU” (ready-to-use) spray bottles, aerosol cans, or liquids. And the “Dilutable” category refers to highly concentrated products aimed at (and largely available only to) commercial buyers because they must be mixed with water or other liquids and can be dangerous for untrained people to work with.

All of our recommendations are wipes or RTUs, and most are familiar products you used to find—and hopefully soon will again—on your local grocery store’s shelves.

Our picks: Disinfecting wipes

two open canisters of disinfectant wipes.

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are rated to kill the COVID-19 virus in four minutes, as they use quaternary ammonium compounds (“quats”) to kill viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Quats are gentler on surfaces than bleach-based disinfectants, and they’re safer and more pleasant to use. All the various scents come under List N approval.

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes are on the EPA’s List N, as well, meaning they are also rated to kill the coronavirus. They too use quaternary ammonium compounds to disinfect, but they take longer than the Clorox wipes: 10 minutes versus four.

As with all disinfectants, the so-called dwell time is important. For Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, the dwell time is four minutes. For Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, it’s 10 minutes. That means you need to wipe down surfaces and let the disinfectant stand for at least four minutes or at least 10 minutes, respectively. To be thorough, it also means cleaning the surfaces first (with soap and water or a general household cleaner) as well as wiping off the disinfectant after the dwell time is up so that no sticky residue forms—the residue could become a place for the virus to settle again. Full disinfection protocol adds a fourth step, a rinse with water. For most already-clean surfaces, a thorough wipe and four minutes of dwell time, followed by a wipe-off, are the most important steps to take.

The other wipes on List N are aimed at medical, pharmaceutical, and professional cleaning services. If you wish to delve into these on your own search, scan List N for the term “wipe” to bring all of these up one by one. Take note of the “Active Ingredient/s” column, as some are based on bleach (sodium hypochlorite), which can damage some surfaces.

In all cases, take such reasonable precautions as you can, such as wearing kitchen gloves and ensuring proper ventilation.

Our picks: Disinfecting sprays

Two bottles of Lysol disinfectant spray side by side

Our pick

The Lysol aerosols use quaternary ammonium (quats) to kill viruses and have an EPA List N dwell time—the time they need to sit on a surface to eliminate the virus—of 10 minutes. The Lysol Kitchen Pro spray is also quats-based but has a dwell time of only two minutes. The sprays are safe to use on almost any solid surface and won’t damage most fabrics, but they are not guaranteed to disinfect soft surfaces. (They may “sanitize” such surfaces, which means eliminating a very high percentage of pathogens but not all.)

The three bleach-based sprays are only for use on hard surfaces, including metals (such as faucets) and ceramics (tile, quartz, porcelain), because bleach damages most fabrics. Bleach also produces noxious fumes and is tough on skin, so be careful to ventilate and to wear gloves when using any of these bleach-based sprays.

The other ready-to-use aerosols, sprays, and liquids (“RTU”) on List N are aimed at medical, pharmaceutical, and professional cleaning services. Some have been sold in the past through Amazon and other general retailers, but we have found none in stock at this writing. If you wish to conduct your own search, scanning List N for the term “RTU” will bring all of these items up one by one. Take note of the “Active Ingredient/s” column, as some are based on bleach (sodium hypochlorite), which can damage some surfaces. Those based on quaternary ammonium (quats) are generally fabric-safe but guaranteed to eliminate the coronavirus only on hard surfaces. The same holds for those based on hydrogen peroxide. In all cases, take such reasonable precautions as you can, such as wearing kitchen gloves and ensuring proper ventilation.

A homemade disinfectant spray

A clear bottle of bleach and water solution labeled with permanent marker

A mixture of regular household bleach and water can disinfect hard surfaces of the coronavirus. If you have bleach on hand, you can make your own mix and dispense it with a spray bottle or with paper towels.

Multiple sources give different bleach-to-water ratios for use with regular bleach. The CDC says that “[u]nexpired bleach will be effective against coronaviruses” in a 1:48 solution (⅓ cup of bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons per quart). Clorox recommends a slightly stronger 1:32 ratio (½ cup per gallon or 2 tablespoons per quart). Warner recommends a much stronger 1:10 ratio (about 1½ cups per gallon of water, or about ⅓ cup per quart). Some medical disinfectants (for example, Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Cleaner) are essentially the same solution.

Whichever ratio you use, aim for a dwell time of 10 minutes: Warner told us that this is the EPA’s guideline for any new or unknown pathogen, and it is also the dwell time listed for the regular household bleaches on the EPA’s List N.

Don’t mix up more at one time than you will use within a day or two. Bleach degrades fairly rapidly once taken from its original storage container, becoming less effective with each passing day. Storing the container away from light can prolong its useful lifespan. If your bottle of bleach is expired, add a bit extra to the mixture, and then try to find a fresh bottle when you can.

You can use these mixtures only on hard surfaces—they will permanently damage most fabrics and many other soft materials—and they are unpleasant to work with. Wear gloves. Ventilate the space as well as possible. “Bleach is corrosive, even the vapors,” said Warner. “Gives you a sore throat, you don’t taste dinner, and you wake up the next day with a weird taste in your mouth.”

You also need to wipe it off after the 10-minute dwell time, because left to sit indefinitely, bleach can damage even resilient materials like stainless steel. And it can cause some plastic containers to break down over time. (I used to keep some in an industrial spray bottle for bathroom use; the screw top fell apart after about a year, though the bottle itself, made of a different type of plastic, was fine.)

But in this moment, those are secondary concerns. “As you know, Tim, disinfectants are high demand and low supply,” Warner told me. “People are asking me all day long, every day, ‘What can we use if we don’t have a hospital-grade disinfectant?’ The advice I’m giving you is the advice I’m giving everyone. This is gonna be the best you can do: Apply a disinfectant [even one not on List N] and give it a 10-minute dwell time. Or mix some bleach up at 1-to-10. That gives you your best shot.”

Before you begin mixing up any bleach solutions, especially if you’re new to this, be sure to thoroughly read over the entire warning label on the bottle of bleach and exercise an abundance of caution in storage, handling, and cleaning up afterward. Information on avoiding “irreversible eye damage and skin burns” is worth your time.

And never, ever mix bleach with ammonia or anything containing ammonia (such as many window cleaners), or with anything acidic (such as white vinegar and many lime scale or rust removers, including CLR and Bar Keepers Friend). Doing either will produce highly dangerous and even deadly gases.

How to use disinfectant sprays and wipes

To disinfect a surface, by far the most important consideration is what’s known as dwell time: the amount of time the disinfectant needs to remain on a surface to kill pathogens in general and specifically the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. No disinfectant works instantly; most of those sold to the public take several minutes. “I can tell you this, and you can print this,” Warner said, “that the EPA, when they’re dealing with an unknown pathogen—an unknown bacteria or virus—the protocol is 10 minutes across the board, in health care and anywhere.” That said, he added, “If they get EPA registration [on List N, for the coronavirus] for a dwell time of two minutes, one minute, that’s valid. It’s been tested.”

Different dwell times don’t indicate that one disinfectant is more or less effective than another. They’re just how long a given product takes to completely eliminate the coronavirus. “The EPA frowns on the use of dwell-time claims being used as an indication that one is better than the other,” Warner wrote in a follow-up email. “EPA List N registration supersedes all other claims, and documents each disinfectant as effective or not (equally).”

But dwell time is not the only thing you need to pay attention to.

Complete disinfecting protocol includes, officially, four steps: pre-cleaning, disinfecting, wiping clean, and rinsing with water. “But we’re lucky if we get two,” Warner said, meaning dwell time and wipe-up. Cleaning is most important on heavily soiled surfaces, because dirt can shield pathogens underneath; soap and water or a household cleaner is fine for this step. Disinfecting for the proper dwell time, of course, is nonnegotiable. Wiping clean afterward is important because disinfectants can leave a sticky residue where pathogens can quickly resettle. Rinsing “you mostly see in the pharmaceutical industry,” Warner said, and can probably be skipped.

Lastly, as Warner wrote in a follow-up, it’s best to dispose of prepackaged wipes or paper towels that you’ve used to disinfect surfaces. Reusable cloths and mops “should be exchanged for a new one often during a cleaning process, then laundered.” In medical facilities, he said, they are used for a maximum of three rooms before being washed. With a paper towel shortage, reusable cloths might be the way to go at home, too—let’s just hope you can still find some laundry detergent.

Can rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other household disinfectants kill coronavirus?

You may already have rubbing alcohol (a.k.a. isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol) or peroxide on hand.

Hydrogen peroxide is not specifically recommended by the CDC for eliminating the COVID-19 virus on surfaces, but it is considered a nearly universal disinfectant, and a recent study finds that the coronavirus “can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection treatment” in one minute by 0.5 percent hydrogen peroxide. (Most store-bought hydrogen peroxide is stronger: 3 percent.) Also of note, from a different CDC guide to chemical disinfection of medical equipment: “Hydrogen peroxide is extremely stable when properly stored (e.g., in dark containers). The decomposition or loss of potency in small containers is less than 2% per year at ambient temperatures.” So a recently expired bottle you have on hand may still be effective.

Both rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are safe on almost all hard surfaces and on most fabrics, though it’s worth testing them in a hidden part of any clothing or upholstery that you want to treat, to make sure they don’t damage the dye. Hydrogen peroxide decomposes into water and oxygen gas, and rubbing alcohol evaporates, so neither leaves a film or residue behind.

Finally, a note on the use of vodka, which has been rumored to be a disinfectant. In the health care community, “alcohol” refers to both rubbing alcohol and to ethanol—the latter being the kind some people drink. However, the CDC considers ethanol effective only at concentrations of 70 percent or more. Other studies say 60 percent is sufficient. Either way, vodka is not a disinfectant: it is just 40 percent ethanol (80 proof). In theory, highly overproof liquor can be used. Everclear 151 (75.5 percent ethanol/151 proof), Everclear Grain Alcohol (95 percent ethanol/190 proof) and Spirytus Rektyfikowany (96 percent ethanol/192 proof; just ask for “Spirytus”) may be available at your local liquor store. They are highly flammable, so use caution, especially around the stove.

Notable alternatives

We are recommending several new products that are EPA List N-certified against the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus and are fairly widely available. Of possible interest to readers concerned about the most common antimicrobial compounds used in household cleaners, three are based on neither bleach nor quaternary ammonium compounds (“quats”).

Cleanwell’s Botanical Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner and Botanical Disinfecting Wipes are based on thymol, a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and pesticide extracted from certain plants (including its namesake thyme). They are for use on hard nonporous surfaces and have a dwell time of 10 minutes. The EPA, in its thymol fact sheet (PDF), says, “Thymol, thyme essential oil and thyme (spice) are listed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as foods for
human consumption, as well as food additives. They are considered Generally Recognized as Safe or GRAS.”

Fantastik All-Purpose Cleaner is quats-based, for use on hard nonporous surfaces, and has a dwell time of three minutes. The similar Fantastik Multi-Surface Disinfectant Degreaser has a dwell time of five minutes.

The competition

Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner has received List N certification. However, it must be used full-strength, and must be left to sit for 10 minutes, then rinsed and wiped clean. (In normal use, it is diluted by the ratio of ¼ cup per gallon of water.) It is safe on most nonporous surfaces, but not on aluminum or copper, nor on unsealed wood.

Since we first updated this guide to address the coronavirus in March 2020, we have found and tested two new promising List N hard-surface disinfectants, Pure Hard Surface and Force of Nature.

Pure Hard Surface is a broad-spectrum disinfectant that’s widely used in healthcare, laboratory, janitorial, and restaurant settings. It’s a unique silver dihydrogen citrate solution that’s certified as safe for use even on food-contact surfaces, and it has the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating, Level IV (PDF), meaning that it’s considered to have such low toxicity that no warning label is needed for oral exposure, inhalation, or skin or eye contact. It also has a very short List N dwell time of 1 minute against the coronavirus, making surface disinfection quick; and it has a five-year shelf life. At least two Wirecutter staffers (guide co-author Tim Heffernan and staff writer Thom Dunn) have used it during the pandemic, and can confirm that it’s odorless, has no impact on hard kitchen and bathroom surfaces, and does not adversely affect fabrics (although it is not certified to disinfect them). Unfortunately, it is not yet widely available at retail. The chief retail distributor, Purely Better, may have it available sporadically, as may some groceries, medical suppliers, and other outlets; Tim found his gallon jug at a tattoo-supply shop. A representative told us that they are working on increasing retail supply, with a rough timeline of late 2020 or early 2021. If a regular supply becomes available, Pure Hard Surface will become a pick. Meantime, we recommend it if you find it.

Force of Nature is a disinfectant system that is List N certified for ridding hard surfaces of the coronavirus. Unique among the disinfectants we’ve looked at, you make the disinfectant yourself using equipment the company sells as kits. You fill a small electric-kettle-like device with tap or bottled water, add a salt-and-vinegar solution from pre-measured capsules, and turn it on. In about 10 minutes, the result is a solution of hypochlorous acid and a tiny amount of sodium hydroxide. This goes into a spray bottle (also provided) for dispensing. Hypochlorous acid is wide-spectrum disinfectant that is used in industrial settings and as a topical disinfectant on wounds, and is safe for use on most hard surfaces and bleach-safe fabrics. However, with a dwell time of ten minutes, it is slower-acting on the coronavirus than many of our picks, meaning lots of waiting around for it to do its work. And though the hypochlorous acid solution is shelf-stable for two weeks, the device only produces 12 ounces at a time. We worry that the ongoing cost of capsules would begin to add up for many households.

Below are the all-purpose cleaners we tested in an earlier version of this guide. None are considered disinfectants, so while the pandemic is ongoing, we are not recommending them as a first choice. That said, all of them contain surfactants, a class of compounds that break up fats and make them soluble in water. That’s the same chemical process that makes ordinary soap and dish detergent effective against the virus when hand-washing.

Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner, our former top pick, did best overall while not damaging any surfaces. Our tests encompassed all-purpose cleaners’ ability to remove multiple stains and soils on hard surfaces and pans, including cooking oil, wine, baked-on tomato sauce, soap scum, and crayon on walls (which none was effective at removing).

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Tim Heffernan is a senior staff writer at Wirecutter and a former writer-editor for The Atlantic, Esquire, and others. He has anchored our unequaled coverage of air purifiers and water filters since 2015. In 2018, he established Wirecutter’s ongoing collaboration with The New York Times’s Smarter Living. When he’s not here, he’s on his bike.

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Have you ever used Pine-Sol? This multi-purpose cleaner has remained popular since the 1920s, and it contains glycolic acid as the key ingredient responsible for so many household purposes. This product is not as destructive as bleach, and it fights grime, grease, and dirt, leaving a fresh, pine fragrance.

With such a thrilling smell, you can make use of this product for many household hacks. The item is manufactured from cleaning agents, surfactants to deal with grease, isopropanol, water, gum, etc. Still, is Pine Sol a disinfectant? This article discusses Pine-Sol, its properties, how this product works, and what it can be used for.


A Guide and Frequently Asked Questions on Pine-Sol

This section will comprehensively describe pine sol, as well as its properties, how it works, and how to use this disinfectant. Also, it will look at some of the most frequently asked questions on the product. Read on to learn more about Pine-Sol cleaner.

A General Overview of Pine-Sol

Pine-Sol detergent was created by Harry Cole in 1929 after he discovered the properties of the substance. Within 5 years, the product grew, turning the corporation into a million-dollar organization, making sales of over 20 million jars throughout the United States as well as eleven other countries. Initially, the product contained pine oil, which was easily extracted from trees.

However, today, the brands sold do not contain any pine oil. While all other ingredients have remained the same, pine oil has been replaced by glycolic acid. This is because of pine oil’s limited supply and high costs. Even though these products are still listed to contain pine oil, it is not an active component, and glycolic acid is mainly used as the only active ingredient. So, the product has been altered over the past nine decades, and changed ownership several times, to become what it is today.

How Is the Product Used?

You can use Pine-Sol on hard nonporous surfaces, such as floors, trash cans, diaper buckets, washrooms, tiles, bathtubs, sinks, shower stalls, bathtubs, counters, etc. Mix a quarter cup of pine sol with a gallon of water to create a solution. For a stronger effect, use maximum strength, let it stay for a while, and then rinse. On a wooden surface, do not let puddles of the solution remain. However, this product is not recommended to be used on aluminum, marble, and several wood covers, including waxed, unsealed, oiled, etc.

Does It Disinfect?

Yes, Pine-Sol is a disinfectant. Sanitizing commodities in the United States have to be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their disinfecting characteristics, and Pine-Sol is among the registered sanitizing products. It is used as a disinfectant for several germ types, getting rid of up to 99% of them.

Does It Kill Bacteria, Viruses, Mold, Etc.?

There is a lot of uncertainty as to whether this product gets rid of bacteria, viruses, mold, etc. or not. Well, it does. Pine-Sol is capable of killing several germs since it is potent enough at getting rid of bacteria, viruses, and mold, as well as other pathogens. This product will eliminate household bacteria or viruses, especially during the flu and cold seasons, or when there are other outbreaks. When applied as instructed and at full strength, it will disinfect against household germs and bacteria, including Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Athletes foot fungus, etc.

When Is Pine-Sol Used?

Pine-Sol is used for cleaning and disinfecting a couple of household surfaces, including kitchens, sinks, tubs, toilets, etc. since it gets rid of grease, dirt, stains, and grime, making it a strong disinfectant. It works by breaking down vegetable oils, animal fats, wine stains, cooking grease, and so on. Additionally, you can use it in the living room, garage, the laundry room, as a pest and cat deterrent, and to strip paint. So, this product may be used in so many household activities.

How to Use It

To clean using Pine-Sol, mix a quarter cup of the solution with a gallon of warm water and mix it in a spray bottle. Depending on the surface you want to clean or disinfect, spray the necessary amount of mixture on it, leaving it to sit for approximately five to ten minutes. Using a paper towel or cloth, wipe the solution. Rinse with water, then wipe again.

However, make sure you never mix Pine-Sol and bleach. Just because you’re looking to enhance Pine-Sol’s disinfecting strength does not mean that you need to mix it with other commodities such as bleach to achieve this effect. This mixture is toxic, and it will generate chlorine. Exposure to excessive chlorine is capable of causing blurred vision, redness, burning pain, and blisters. It can also irritate your skin and eyes. For this reason, you should never mix Pine-Sol with bleach, or any commodity that has bleach.

Frequently Asked Questions Section

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This section will address the commonly asked questions on pine sol, including its properties, ingredients, whether it is toxic, etc. It will also discuss what the product is used for, mixing it with other sanitizers, etc. So, read on to learn more about the most frequent questions about Pine-Sol cleaner.

Is Pine Sol a Disinfectant?

Most people wonder, “is Pine Sol a disinfectant?” Well, Pine-Sol contains some disinfectant properties. It is effective in getting rid of pathogens. When you use the product at full capacity, it is a disinfectant. It has been registered under the EPA and can get rid of up to 99% of bacteria and germs on non-porous surfaces. However, you should not use it on some types of wood, copper, aluminum, cars, or dishes, etc.

What Are the Pine-Sol Ingredients?

The Pine-Sol disinfectant contains such ingredients as water, glycolic acid, alcohol, sulfonates, distearates, as well as xanthan gum. Water is the base, alcohol and sodium sulfonate work as cleaning agents. The glycolic acid is used to get rid of scale deposits, discoloration, and soap scum in bathtubs as well as toilets. Distearates work as defoamers, while the caramel is incorporated to enhance the appearance of the product. Finally, gum works as an ecological thickener.

Is Pine Sol Toxic?

Pine-Sol isn’t toxic. However, it is important to take the necessary measures while using it since the product emits hazardous chemicals. Besides, a study conducted by Women’s Voice for Earth revealed that Pine-Sol contains other toxic chemicals that are not indicated on the bottle, including plathlates, carcinogens, etc.

It has been claimed that these chemicals cause pregnancy complications, cancer, and defects at birth, disruption of hormones, as well as aggravation of allergies. Moreover, it is important to note that this product is also toxic to pets. So, you need to rinse a surface thoroughly after cleaning if you have pets or avoid it altogether.

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Mixing Bleach and Pine-Sol

Are you wondering “does Pine-Sol kill germs even better, if mixed with bleach?” Mixing these products in particular portions emits poisonous chlorine gas. This gas is extremely toxic, and will quickly lead to respiratory arrests, losing consciousness, and dying when breathed in.

So, these products should always be used separately. Besides, each of these products is potent and will produce strong fumes during usage. So, it is important to ventilate your house for safe usage, particularly in confined areas such as the washroom. Mix these products only with water.

Does Pine Sol Contain Ammonia?

No, Pine-Sol does not contain any amount of ammonia. Each of these ingredients is a strong cleaning agent. So, mixing it with ammonia would create a toxic and poisonous gas.

Pine-Sol vs Lysol

As has been described, Pine-Sol is effective in cleaning household and commercial surfaces. It works by getting rid of grime, dirt, and grease, and can be used on so many surfaces. Lysol works just like Pine-Sol and will get rid of bacteria, fungi, mold, viruses, etc. after getting into contact with the surface for at least ten minutes. However, it may not be as effective if there are organic materials. Also, make sure not to mix these two solutions as they are both phenol-based, and combining them may lead to poisoning.

Pine-Sol vs Bleach

These two products work as disinfectants. However, they are used on different surfaces. Bleach is great at disinfecting and whitening toilets, tubs, clothes, and sinks. On the other hand, Pine-Sol is used to break down grease and clean household floors. Still, each of these products should be used separately. That way, the fumes produced do not react to create toxic chlorine gas.

What Are the Uses of  Pine-Sol?

There are many uses for Pine-Sol in your household. They range from disinfecting, cleaning, deodorizing, etc. All of them are discussed below:

  • Deodorizing Your Garbage Can

You can soak cotton inside the solution, and put it inside your garbage can. It is effective in deodorizing bad smells. So, before you replace your liner, just dip several cotton balls inside your preferred fragrance, and put them at the bottom of your garage can.

This solution is used to treat clothes that have stains. Use it to pre-treat stains, including dirt, wine, grease, etc. before you launder the clothes. Next, soak the stained part using a little solution, then wash it as usual. It can also be used to enhance the appearance of white laundry.

Fill a cup or bowl with your favorite fragrance of the solution. Also, you can choose to utilize an oil diffuser which will work incredibly well to produce a light and nice fragrance in the room.

  • Keeping Pests and Bugs Away

Pine-Sol that has a lemon fragrance is great at deterring pests, and it is popular for keeping away rodents, flies, spiders, fleas, ants, and other pests from your household. You can also use this solution for wiping down areas where you’ve noticed these pests, including the kitchen countertops, cupboards, or baseboards, to keep them away from these places.

  • Gives a Fresh Smell to Your Bathroom

Simply put the solution into your toilet brush container. This will give your bathroom a long-lasting fresh smell while keeping the brush clean all day.

  • Create Your Own Disinfecting Wipes

Pine-Sol is effective in creating disinfecting wipes. All you need is paper towels and the solution. You will end up saving a lot of money. Just cut your paper towels into half and soak them into the solution inside a plastic jar. You’ll be left with disinfecting wipes, which are much more economical as compared to most brands on the market.

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Pine-Sol disinfectant is effective at killing weeds. So, if you have a particular problem area in your garden, mix equal parts of the solution and dawn dish soap, then spray the concoction in that area. It will get rid of the weeds as well as of unwanted garden pests, including ants, etc.

This mixture can be used to clean your jewelry. Just place a small amount of it inside a container, then soak the jewelry inside for a maximum of three minutes. Once you remove it, rinse the jewelry, then wipe it clean using a soft garment.

Using Pine-Sol as a Disinfectant

Most households cannot do without sanitizing materials to disinfect a lot of surfaces since they come into contact with germs, bacteria, viruses, etc. Pine-Sol is among these solutions used to keep a house clean. This product can be used within your house cleaning many surfaces, including floors such as tile, hardwood, linoleum, as well as countertops and other surfaces.

Still, it is important to note that this solution can be toxic to humans and is harmful to pets. So, it is important to take the necessary precautions while using the product. Do you use Pine-Sol in your home? Does Pine Sol disinfect the surfaces in your household effectively? What do you use it for? I would love to hear your comments and questions. You can leave them in the comment section below.


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Pine-Sol® COVID-19

Q: Why don’t I see a kill claim for the COVID-19 virus on my Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner label?
A: EPA-approved kill claims against the COVID-19 virus can be used in marketing communications, such as on our website and in our advertisements. Before a kill claim can be printed on a disinfecting product label, approval of the change must be registered in all 50 states. As a result, it may take a few months before this process is completed and the claim begins appearing on our product packaging.
Q: If I already have Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner at home, can I use this against COVID-19 virus or is it a new version of the product?
A: We haven’t made any formula changes to the product to receive the EPA-approved kill claim. If you’ve purchased Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner within the past two years (the recommended shelf-life of a Pine-Sol® Cleaner) it’s effective against the COVID-19 virus.
Q: If I dilute Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner, is it still effective against the COVID-19 virus?
A: No. In order to disinfect against viruses and bacteria, you must use Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner at full strength (in its concentrated form). Apply the disinfectant product full-strength with a clean sponge or cloth on hard, nonporous surfaces. Wet surface, let stand 10 minutes and then rinse. For heavily soiled surfaces, pre-cleaning to remove excess dirt first is required.
Q: Why aren’t your other Pine-Sol products approved by the EPA to kill the COVID-19 virus?
A: Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner is our signature powerful disinfectant killing 99.9% of germs (Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus and Influenza A virus). Our scented Pine-Sol® multi-surface cleaners, including Lemon Fresh®, Lavender Clean® and Sparkling Wave®, are powerful cleaners and deodorizers that cut through tough grease, grime and dirt, but don’t disinfect.
Q: What Pine-Sol products are approved by the EPA to kill the COVID-19 virus?
A: The Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner now has an EPA-registered kill claim against the virus that causes COVID-19.
Q: What is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting?
A: Disinfecting is complete kill of both bacteria and viruses, while sanitizing is only a reduction of bacteria. Cleaning removes dust, debris and dirt from a surface. Disinfectants are the only products approved by the EPA to kill viruses such as SARS-Cov-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, on hard surfaces.
Q: Is Original Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner effective against the new, variant COVID-19 strains?
A: Yes. Original Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner is EPA-registered against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and is included on the EPA’s List N because it meets the criteria to use against SARS-CoV-2 based on the EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Policy, which examines a product’s ability to kill a more challenging virus than SARS-CoV-2 and are expected to kill all strains of SARS-CoV-2. Pine-Sol completed third-party testing that confirmed the disinfectant’s efficacy against the three most prevalent variant strains of SARS-CoV-2, supporting the scientific understanding that disinfecting products that kill COVID-19 are effective against prevalent strains of coronavirus on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Inside Pine-Sol® Cleaners

Q: What are the ingredients in Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner?
A: You can find a full list of the ingredients in each Pine-Sol® Cleaner at www.smartlabel.org.
Q: Does Pine-Sol® Cleaner contain ammonia?
A: No, Pine-Sol® Cleaners do not contain ammonia.
Q: Are Pine-Sol® Cleaners biodegradable?
A: All Pine-Sol® products contain biodegradable cleaning agents.
Q: Can I recycle the Pine-Sol® Cleaner bottle?
A: Yes, Pine-Sol® Cleaner bottles are made of #1 recyclable PET.
Q: Do Pine-Sol® products contain phosphorus?
A: No, Pine-Sol® Cleaners do not contain phosphorus.
Q: What is the shelf life of Pine-Sol® Cleaners?
A: A Pine-Sol® Cleaner’s shelf life is two years. After that time, the color will change, but the product will still clean.
Q: Does Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner disinfect?
A: Yes. Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner is registered with the EPA as a disinfectant when used as directed full strength. When used according to the instructions on the product, it kills 99.9% of germs and household bacteria on hard, nonporous surfaces. It disinfects against Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus and Influenza A virus (Hong Kong strain).

How to Use Pine-Sol® Cleaners

Q: Can I use the Pine-Sol® product in a steam cleaner?
A: Pine Sol® products were not designed to be used in steam cleaners.
Q: Will Pine-Sol® Cleaner get greasy work clothes clean?
A: Yes, it is very effective at removing grease and heavy soils from your laundry. Simply rub it full-strength on grease spots or heavily soiled areas before washing. For extra cleaning and deodorizing power, you can also add ½ cup to the wash load. Pine-Sol® Cleaner should be used only on white or colorfast fabrics; if you're not sure about a particular article of clothing, it's always a good idea to test the fabric in an inconspicuous area first.
Q: Does Pine-Sol® Cleaner clean toilets?
A: Pour ½ cup of Pine-Sol® cleaner into the bowl and brush thoroughly, including under the rim.
Q: How can I use Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner to disinfect?
A: Apply Original Pine-Sol® full-strength on hard, nonporous surfaces with a clean sponge or cloth. Wet the surface, let it stand for 10 minutes, and then rinse. For heavily soiled surfaces, precleaning is required.
Q: Where can I use Pine-Sol® Cleaners?
A: You can use Pine-Sol® cleaners on hard, nonporous surfaces, including floors, sinks, counters, stoves, bathtubs, shower stalls, tile, toilets, garbage cans and diaper pails. Just use ¼ cup per gallon of water. For tough jobs, use full strength and rinse immediately. On wood surfaces, do not allow puddles of product to remain. Pine-Sol® is not recommended for use on marble, aluminum, or unsealed, waxed, oiled or visibly worn wood. Here is a chart showing recommended use:
SurfaceOriginal Pine-Sol®Pine-Sol® Scented Cleaners
Bisque tile/grout
Ceramic tile
Glass (windows)
Granite, sealed and unsealed
Laminate Wood
Marble, sealed and unsealedX
Porcelain tile
Quarry tile
Stainless Steel
Textiles (Cotton, Denim, Polyester)
Vinyl tile
Wood, sealed/painted/finished
Q: Where should I NOT use Pine-Sol® Cleaners?
A: We do not recommend using Original Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner on aluminum, copper or marble surfaces. We also do not recommend using Pine-Sol® Cleaners on cars, on dishes or as a pet shampoo.

Getting and Saving on Pine-Sol® Cleaners

Q: What scents do Pine-Sol® Cleaners come in?
A: The powerful clean of Pine-Sol® is available in Original Pine®, Lemon Fresh®, Lavender Clean® and Sparkling Wave®. Check out all of the scents, and let us know what you think!
Q: Do you have discounts or coupons on Pine-Sol® Cleaners?
A: We often have promotions, like coupons or sweepstakes. Check out our Facebook Page and our Homepage for what we are featuring now.
Q: Is the old formula of Pine-Sol® Pine still available?
A: We will be selling the old formula of Pine-Sol® Pine directly to consumers at PineSolOriginalPine.com. We’ve decided to manufacture a limited supply of the old formula of Pine-Sol® Pine because we wanted to acknowledge the concerns voiced by a group of our long-time loyal fans, and provide a way to purchase the product they love, since it is no longer available in stores.

Pine-Sol® Cleaner Safety

Q: Is it safe to use Pine-Sol® cleaners around pets?
A: Yes, all Pine-Sol® products are recommended for use in pet areas. Please note that we do not recommend using Pine-Sol® products as a pet shampoo.
Q: Is the scent of Pine-Sol® cleaners harmful to babies or pregnant women?
A: All of our products are designed to be safe and meet federal safety regulations when label instructions and cautionary text are followed. As a general rule, you should keep all cleaning products out of reach of children.
Q: Can you mix Pine-Sol® with other products (like glass cleaners, bleach, etc.)?
A: We do not recommend mixing any Pine-Sol® product with other cleaning products or chemicals. Mixing cleaners can result in the release of hazardous gases.
Q: Are Pine Sol® cleaners septic safe?
A: Yes! Following the recommended use of any Pine-Sol® product will not harm your septic system.
Q: Is Pine-Sol® safe to use on hardwood floors or on wood?
A: Yes! Pine-Sol® is safe to use on wood floors, though it is not recommended for use on unfinished, unsealed, unpainted, waxed, oiled or worn wood.
Q: Is Pine-Sol® safe to use on dishes?
A: We do not recommend using Pine-Sol® on dishes. It is not approved by the EPA to be used on food-contact surfaces.
Q: Is Pine-Sol® safe to use on painted surfaces?
A: We recommend testing a small inconspicuous area before using a Pine-Sol® cleaner on any painted surface.
Q: Is it safe to use Pine-Sol® to wash a car?
A: We do not recommend using Pine-Sol® to wash a car, as it could damage the car's finish.
Q: Is it safe to use Pine-Sol® on other surfaces?
A: Yes! Pine-Sol® is safe to use all around your home, from your playroom and dining room to your bathroom and kitchen. A list of surfaces that Pine-Sol® cleans and how to clean them are here.
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If you weren’t already invested in proper sanitization before the pandemic, you probably are now — with good reason. But it can be tricky to find which disinfectants will work best in your home. Luckily, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved another product for killing COVID-19: Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner.

Pine-Sol’s original cleaner was tested by a third-party laboratory, which proved the disinfectant can kill the virus within 10 minutes of contact on hard, nonporous surfaces, according to a press release by The Clorox Company. It’s important to note the 10-minute contact time though, as there is a right way and a wrong way to disinfect.

How to use Pine-Sol to disinfect properly

Disinfectants only work when used according to their instructions. To use Pine-Sol Original Mutli-Surface Cleaner correctly, you should apply the cleaner full-strength (not diluted) with a clean sponge or cloth on the hard surface. Once wet, let the disinfectant stand 10 minutes, then rinse with water.

Keep in mind, there’s a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning simply removes germs, while disinfecting kills them. If you need to, you can pre-clean a surface to remove dirt and grime, then cover it with a disinfectant.

Which areas should you disinfect often during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You should clean any high-touch areas in your home like doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, countertops, bathroom handles, TV remotes and keyboards. Your best bet is to disinfect anything you use daily, especially if you’re not the only one using it.

Here’s where you can buy Pine-Sol online:

Pine-Sol’s original cleaner is sold at most stores carrying household cleaners. Many online retailers, however, offer the product in packs of two or more. It’s not a terrible idea to grab an extra bottle though, as The Clorox Company reported it will likely have a shortage of Clorox products like wipes until 2021.

Shop: Pine-Sol Original Cleaner (100 fl oz), $28.54

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Which other products have the EPA approved for disinfecting COVID-19?

The EPA previously released a list of over 400 approved cleaning products called List N that met its list of criteria for use against COVID-19. To find products specifically tested and approved to fight COVID-19 on List N, you can toggle “Tested against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)” under “Why is this product on List N?”

Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max were the first two products the agency tested directly against the virus in early July. Since then, the EPA has also approved Lysol All Purpose Cleaner, Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner, Lysol Laundry Sanitizer and Lysol Disinfecting Wipes (all scents), amongst other products by a company called Lonza LLC.

“While these products were already on List N, they now carry additional weight against the virus that causes COVID-19 based on testing performed by the manufacturer and confirmed by EPA,” the EPA said in a news release from July.

Lysol can be hard to find online and in-stores, but Pine-Sol seems to still be available at most retailers. Compared to Lysol, Pine-Sol has a longer contact time (Lysol’s ranges from 2 minutes to 5 minutes) but will still effectively help you to limit your contact with the virus.

Nonetheless, if you can’t find either, you’re not totally out of luck. Bill Wuest, a Georgia Research Alliance distinguished investigator and associate professor of chemistry at Emory University, previously told In The Know most other antibacterial and antiseptic wipes should be just as effective. Many disinfectants contain the same mix of active ingredients, so check their labels for “ammonium” or “alkonium.” Other words to look for under the active ingredients list are “L-lactic acid, citric acid, or isopropanol (>60%),” as they also appear on the EPA’s List N. You can shop those containing the effective chemicals below.

  • Shop: Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox Clean-Up All Purpose Cleaner With Bleach at Amazon, $21

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  • Shop: Windex Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner at Amazon, $3.77

  • Shop: Windex Antibacterial Multi-Surface Cleaner Spray Bottles, 2-Pack at Amazon, $24.99

  • Shop: Sentinel II Disinfectant, Citrus Scent Liquid-1 Gallon at Amazon, $39

  • Shop: Comet Disinfecting Cleaner With Bleach, 8-Pack at Staples, $66.99

  • Shop: Scrubbing Bubbles Disinfectant Cleaner at Staples, $4.99

  • Shop: Clorox Performance Bleach 121 Ounces, 3-Pack at Amazon, $32.22

  • Shop: Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox Germicidal Bleach, Concentrated, 121 Ounces at Staples, $10.68

  • Shop: Clorox Regular Concentrated Bleach, 121 Fluid Ounces at MSC Industrial Supply, $10.84

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Pine-Sol is a registered trade name of The Clorox Company for a line of household cleaning products, used to clean grease and heavy soil stains. Pine-Sol was based on pine oil when it was created in 1929 and during its rise to national popularity in the 1950s.[3] However, as of 2016, Pine-Sol products sold in stores no longer contain pine oil to reduce costs.[4]


Pine-Sol detergent was invented by Harry A. Cole of Jackson, Mississippi, in 1929.[5]

In 1948, entrepreneur Robert Earnest "Dumas" Milner acquired Magnolia Chemical, the Jackson, Mississippi supplier of Pine-Sol.[6] Milner put Howard S. Cohoon in charge of the firm which had six employees: three salesmen and three who produced the product. In the following five years Cohoon turned the company into a multi-million dollar operation selling 20 million bottles throughout the US and 11 other nations. Cohoon modernized the operation from manual bottling and labeling to full automation.

According to Cohoon, at that time pine oil was produced from old yellow pine tree stumps which were previously regarded as worthless.[3] After Pine-Sol went national, Milner Company began a national radio advertising campaign starting with the Robert Q. Lewis show in 1952. By 1955 the Milner company had purchased Perma-Starch, of Illiopolis, Illinois, and by 1959 Milner had grown to a $1.5 million daytime TV advertising package and a $100,000 radio buy shared between Pine-Sol and Perma-Starch.

In January 1956, the Federal Trade Commission ordered Milner Company to cease and desist an advertising campaign that related to the false claims regarding the effectiveness of Pine-Sol compared to other pine oil containing products.[8] Milner Company had previously agreed to cease and desist several other false claims about germicidal and bactericidal properties of Pine-Sol in March 1951.[9] In February 1963, the Dumas Milner Company, including Pine-Sol facilities in Jackson, MS and Perma-Starch plant in Illiopolis, IL, was taken over by Wayne, New Jersey based American Cyanamid for stock valued at $17 million. Howard S. Cohoon was to remain in charge of the division.[10]

The Pine-Sol brand was acquired by Clorox from American Cyanamid's Shulton Group in 1990.[11][5] The 2005 version of the original 8% to 10% pine oil based cleaner was acidic (pH 3–4)[12] and could be used to remove bacteria from household surfaces. However, some of the products now contain bases (pH 10–11).[13]

There was also a dispute between Clorox and Reckitt Benckiser over potential consumer confusion regarding the fact that both Lysol and Pine Sol both end in "sol" and are used for cleaning. The issues spawned negotiations, agreements and lawsuits among several involved companies over the years from the 1960s to late 1990s.[14][15][16]


According to 1950s Milner executive Howard S. Cohoon, producer of Pine-sol, pine oil is only formed in large stumps from cut-over timber that has remained in the ground for "at least 20 years." It is not found in live pine trees. When asked about the risk of running out, Cohoon estimated in 1954 that there was "enough to last for another 35 years." He was not worried about a shortage as he claimed pine oil could be produced synthetically.[3]

Although the original Pine-Sol formulation was pine oil-based, today the cleaners sold under the Pine-Sol brand contain no pine oil.[13]

In 2006, The Clorox Company's product line included "Clorox Commercial Pine-Sol Brand Cleaner", with the same ingredients and concentrations as "Original Pine-Sol Brand Cleaner 1."[17]

In 2008, the material safety data sheet for the "Original Pine-Sol Brand Cleaner 1" formulation listed 8–12% pine oil, 3-7% alkylalcohol ethoxylates, 1-5% sodium petroleum sulfonate and 1-5% isopropyl alcohol.[12]

In January 2013, Clorox began making a product called Original Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner which included glycolic acid while lacking any pine oil.[18]

In January 2014, Clorox announced that Pine-Sol products would no longer contain pine oil, due to pine oil's limited supply and increased cost.[19] In response to consumer requests for the original formula, Clorox made available a product containing 8.75% Pine oil to online purchasers, but said it would not be sold in stores.[4]

As of 2018, Pine-Sol can be found on store shelves with an ingredient label stating "Contains Pine Oil" but this is not listed as an active ingredient. Pine oil in modern Pine-Sol seems to be added for fragrance only, as the product still uses glycolic acid as the sole active ingredient.


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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine-Sol

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