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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.None of them contain pine oil at this point as Clorox has made cost cutting efforts to the formula while still raising the price[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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