|Owner||The Clorox Company|
Pine-Sol is a registered trade name of Clorox for a line of household cleaning products. Although the original Pine-Sol formulation is pine oil based, all other cleaners sold under the Pine-Sol brand do not necessarily contain pine oil at all. As of 2008, the currently available original formulation lists 8–12% pine oil, alkyl alcohol ethoxylates, sodium petroleum sulfonate and isopropyl alcohol as reportable ingredients on the material safety data sheet. Scented Pine-Sol has six different fragrances and was developed in response to consumers who did not like the strong scent of pine oil but still wanted a strong cleaner.
Pine-Sol is mainly used to clean grease and heavy soil stains and is antibacterial (original formula only) on non-porous surfaces. It is not recommended for direct use on wood surfaces (such as untreated hardwood floors) but can be used on hardwood floors coated with a sealant.
This detergent was invented by Harry A. Cole in 1929. The Pine-Sol brand was acquired by Clorox in 1990. The cleaner is slightly acidic and used to remove bacteria from household surfaces.
In 2013 Clorox began distributing original Pine-Sol with a new "longer lasting scent". Consumer reaction, as indicated by reviews on the company's website and posts on Facebook, has been overwhelmingly negative. Comments range from nostalgia for grandmother's Pine-Sol to complaints that the strong synthetic perfume causes headaches, nausea and allergic reactions. Consumers are hoarding the 'old-style' product, initiating petitions to bring back the original scent, boycotting the reformulated product, and posting hand-written notices on store shelves to warn others of the change.