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Product type Pine Cleanser
Owner The Clorox Company
Country United States
Introduced 1929
Markets Worldwide
Previous owners Harry A. Cole
Ambassador(s) Diane Amos, Yvette Nicole Brown

Pine-Sol is a registered trade name of Clorox for a line of household cleaning products, used to clean grease and heavy soil stains.


Although the original Pine-Sol formulation is pine oil-based, cleaners sold under the Pine-Sol brand do not necessarily contain pine oil at all.[1]


Pine Sol changed the formula in 2013 to a formula that lacked pine oil.

As of 2008, the material safety data sheet for the "Original Pine-Sol Brand Cleaner 1" formulation lists 8–12% pine oil, 3-7% alkyl alcohol ethoxylates, 1-5% sodium petroleum sulfonate and 1-5% isopropyl alcohol.[2] More recently, The Clorox Company's product line includes "Clorox Commercial Pine-Sol Brand Cleaner, with the same ingredients and concentrations as "Original Pine-Sol Brand Cleaner 1."[3] Since January 2013, Clorox also makes a product called Original Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner which includes glycolic acid while lacking any pine oil.[4]


Pine-Sol detergent was invented by Harry A. Cole in 1929.[citation needed] 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.


  1. ^ Pine-sol lemon scent MSDS
  2. ^ The Clorox Company (June 2005). "ORIGINAL PINE-SOL® BRAND CLEANER 1" (PDF). Material Safety Data Sheet. Archived from the original on 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  3. ^ The Clorox Company (April 2006). "CLOROX COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS® PINE-SOL® BRAND CLEANER 1" (PDF). Material Safety Data Sheet. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  4. ^ The Clorox Company (January 2013). "ORIGINAL PINE-SOL® MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER" (PDF). Material Safety Data Sheet. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 

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