Multiple Pine-Sol Cleaners Are Being Recalled Due to Possible Inclusion of Harmful Bacteria

published Oct 26, 2022
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Pine-Sol multi surface cleaner. A store product on sale in a general store.
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With a new season underway, one thing you may be doing more than ever right now is cleaning. Between haunted Halloween dinner parties, preparation for Thanksgiving dinners, and hosting this year’s Christmas cookie bake-off, you’re probably planning to run through a lot of cleaning supplies to ensure the place is spick-and-span. If Pine-Sol happens to be one of the go-to cleaning items you use, however, you may need to find a temporary substitute as the Clorox-based company has issued a voluntary recall for many of its products.

According to an announcement released by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), multiple varieties of Pine-Sol are being recalled immediately due to risk of exposure to harmful bacteria. Varieties of the product include the Pine-Sol Scented Multi-Surface Cleaners in Lavender Clean, Sparkling Wave, and Lemon Fresh scents; CloroxPro Pine-Sol All Purpose Cleaners in Lavender Clean, Sparkling Wave, Lemon Fresh, and Orange Energy scents; and Clorox Professional Pine-Sol Lemon Fresh Cleaners. The Original Pine-Sol — which is also promoted as the Pine scent — however, is not included in the recall.

Products included in the recall will feature date codes beginning with the prefix “A4” and will be followed by a five-digit number falling under 22249. Items included are those in 28-, 48-, 60-, 100-, 144-, and 175-ounce bottles.

As the recall notes, the listed products could contain bacteria like Pseudomonas aeruginosa — an environmental organism found widely in soil and water. This particular bacteria can be harmful for those with both weakened immune systems or external medical devices and can cause serious infection that may require medical treatment. Those who come in contact with the bacteria through inhalation, the eyes, or through a break in the skin, and are immunocompromised should contact their doctor immediately. Individuals who have healthy immune systems on the other hand, are usually not affected by the bacteria.

If you fit the description of the above and purchased any of the Pine-Sol products indicated in this recall between January 2021 and September 2022 from Amazon or any other nationwide retailers such as Walmart, Publix, Dollar General, Target, Home Depot, BJ’s, Kroger, Dollar Tree, Lowe’s, or Sam’s Club, you can contact Pine-Sol for a full refund of the purchase price with your receipt. Don’t have the receipt handy? No problem. You can still contact the brand to receive a refund of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) without it. Just be sure to have a photo of both the 12-digit UPC code and the date code ready to submit.

While no injuries have yet to be reported, if you have any of the listed items at home, be sure to dispose of it in its original container. And, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Pine-Sol at (855) 378-4982, by email at, or online at and, by clicking on “Recall Information.”

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