Check Your Cleaning Supplies Now: A Bunch of Pine-Sol Products Were Just Recalled

Numerous Pine-Sol products have been recalled due to possible bacterial contamination. The kind of bacteria identified in some of the recalled products, called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can cause “serious infection” for people with weakened immune systems & people who use external medical devices (like an insulin pump), according to a statement from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The bacteria can enter the body a number of ways—through the eyes, a break in the skin, or inhalation—& is particularly hard to treat, per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Thankfully, at the time of publishing, no illnesses have yet been reported.

The bacteria has been found in products produced between January 2021 & September 2022. The Clorox Company, which owns Pine-Sol, manufactured an estimated 37 million recalled products during that time frame, per the CPSC.

The recall includes eight products:

  • Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner, Lavender Clean
  • Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner, Sparkling Wave
  • Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner, Lemon Fresh
  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol All Purpose Cleaner, Lavender Clean
  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol All Purpose Cleaner, Sparkling Wave
  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol All Purpose Cleaner, Lemon Fresh
  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol All Purpose Cleaner, Orange Energy
  • Clorox Professional Pine-Sol Lemon Fresh Cleaner

The date codes on the recalled products all have the prefix “A4” & the first five numbers of those codes are less than 22249. The products were sold in bottles of 28, 48, 60, 100, 144, & 175 fluid ounces. They were sold by Amazon, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Dollar General, Target, Home Depot, BJ’s, Kroger, Dollar Tree, Lowe’s, Publix, & other retailers, per the CPSC.

Given the scope of this recall, it can’t hurt to look through those cleaning supplies stored under your kitchen sink to make sure you don’t have any of the affected product. The bacteria behind this recall is commonly found in soil & water, but it isn’t something you want in your home: It can cause infections in the blood, lungs, or other body parts, per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Also worth noting: The CDC says this type of bacteria is known for its ability to resist antibiotics. In other words, there isn’t a quick fix for a potential infection.

If the Pine-Sol you have was affected by the recall, take a picture of the 12-digit universal product code (UPC) & the date code on the container, then throw your bottle away (without opening it). If you happen to have your receipt, Pine-Sol will give you a refund for what you paid; if you don’t, they’ll refund you the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

You can contact Pine-Sol at (855) 378-4982 or for more information on how to get your money back.


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