Find the answers to the most frequently-asked questions about Pine-Sol® cleaning products — including how and where to use them, which ingredients are inside, and how to save on them.
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
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: 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:
Pine-Sol® Scented Cleaners
Granite, sealed and unsealed
Marble, sealed and unsealed
Textiles (Cotton, Denim, Polyester)
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.