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A strong smelling cleaning agent that has been manufactured since 1929. It is effective for a variety of jobs. This guide contains uses for Pine-Sol.


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May 15, 2013

Keep a spray bottle of half Pinesol/half water under your sink spray outside garbage cans or anywhere you have a pest problem. Animals like rodents, opossums, raccoons, etc. don't like the smell.

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May 27, 20130 found this helpful

I believe anyone with just a little common sense would keep pine-sol away from pets.

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January 12, 20055 found this helpful

I had a problem with our cats wetting in places other than their litter box. I found out if I wash the floor with PineSol they would stay away from that spot. They soon went back to the box where they were suppose to be using.

By Connie

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June 3, 20130 found this helpful

Cats will avoid huge smells at all costs. This is from trying to hide their presence in the desert all those years ago..from what i have read. It is their job to cover their identity from others who would make a meal out of them.

I did read that shelters and rescues have pretty much banned lysol and pinesol. They contain phenol and that is toxic to animals. Take note that spraying phenolic compoundds such as lysol is just as bad as using pine sol.

I found this link:

https://www.fac  ats/144540547412

I actually used to use lysol to spray the litter boxes but now I just use vinegar. I use either kind of vinegar. Vinegar is a disinfectant also.

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July 21, 2010

Save on window cleaners and paper towels. Mix Pinesol (or any nonabrasive cleaner) in a bucket of water and use a rag to wash your window and another rag to wipe it clean. Works great!

By Mikilittle from Anywhere, USA

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July 27, 20100 found this helpful

I use a squeegee with a long handle on outside windows. It is far easier than rags. It is the method used by businesses to keep their picture windows sparkling. I am going to try a smaller one on the inside windows, as I want to control drips more efficiently than is necessary outside.

I use Dawn or Mr. Clean in the water.

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March 15, 2007

After cleaning your home, you want it to smell clean. If you don't have anything else, use scented Pinesol. In a small unused pot, dilute with water and simmer.

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July 4, 20070 found this helpful

I know I recently posted a request about my dogs fleas but now they are worse! She keeps scratching her neck and now she's bald there! Can I use pine-sol on her? I have heard many different responses to this! Please help, thanx!

Emily from TX

Editor's Note: Pinesol is toxic to pets, even using it on your floors is considered a hazard by some. Never use it on your dog.

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February 5, 20110 found this helpful

Any chemical you use on your pet (even from the vet) can cause negative reactions. No matter what you use, if you wait a few minutes and then fully rinse and re-wash your pet again to be sure, you will reduce any chance of adverse affects. Whatever you do: Try to keep any chemicals and even the rinse water from getting in their eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.

To those who say something does not work: Why do you think people here say some of these remedies have worked for them? Maybe you didn't do it right. Fleas can develop a resistance to most vet advised flea treatment chemicals, but they can never develop a resistance to powdered soap, borax, bleach (I don't advocate this one for pets, but it's ok for floors and hard surfaces if you rinse afterward), and PineSol.

Garlic has mixed results depending on both flea resistance and quantity fed to your dog. To those worried Garlic is bad the same as onions are for dogs, think again.

Oh, and since nobody else cites their sources: (

Vets may disagree of the safety of Pinesol because of Phenols naturally occurring in the pine oil, but most seem to agree that rinsing it off reduces any possibility of a problem enough to call it a non-issue.

Change the above link to /dtoxin.html for a more complete list.

Now I am not going to say that this site is cat's meow of vet info sites, but it's certainly in line with US national averages for veterinary beliefs and practices.

Do your own search if you like though, as there's no replacement for a few minutes Googling intelligent search terms...

Good luck everyone.

Eric W

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May 19, 20110 found this helpful

I have over 20 short legged rat terriers which I have been breeding for over 3 years now. I have always bathed them with blue dawn dishwashing liquid starting around 4 weeks of age. The fleas die on contact and I've yet to lose one puppy due to using dawn. I put a line on the back and sides of their neck then under warm water in the sink to keep the fleas from their bodies to crawl to their head. Then i rinse then towel dry them well afterwards.

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August 30, 20120 found this helpful

I would like to hear from anyone who has had a pet die from pine sol. I would put it on myself if I had a head full of fleas. Certainly rinse well and wash with a good shampoo after but as far as real harm to your pet no way. It won't kill us and it won't kill your pet. What do you think the commercial vet stuff does to your pet? Makes them so toxic from the inside that a bug won't wanna eat them. Please prove me wrong someone.

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September 8, 20150 found this helpful

A Quick and cheap solution to a a dog with flea infestation or the mange(a type of dog louse) Seargents Skip flea shampoo, its the green stuff. Bath with lots of lather repeat after a week, then use deterrent product to keep them away. I use Trifexis, a chewable tablet lasts for 30 days.

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October 19, 2009

Is it safe to boil Pine Sol? I will sometimes put a small amount in a big pot of water and boil to give the house a fresh clean smell, is that safe?

By Shortygal from MO

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October 19, 20090 found this helpful

I don't know it for fact but because of the detergent (chemical) qualities, I would think the answer would be "no, it's not safe". It may very well okay but based on my chemistry classes in high school, boiling something like that, even diluted, could put out undesirable (toxic) gases.

If you want a nice smelling home, there are many other alternatives like putting misc spices in a pot with water (very good way to use up spices and even herbs that are no longer good for cooking or baking). Buying some essential oils that do not have any artificial ingedients and putting a few drops in some boiling water.

There is a reason that most cleaners have labels and many warn against using them but for their intended purposes. I can't say that Pine-Sol has those warnings as I don't use it but for your health, your family and your pets, I would stay away from boiling your cleaners, even in small quantities.

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October 19, 20090 found this helpful

No, It is NOT safe to boil Pine Sol! If you really like the smell, go into any Health Food Store & buy a tiny bottle of Pine Essential Oil. This will cost around $5. You can then add the Pure Pine essential oil to a pan of water & boil it, or put a drop on a light bulb for a scent that will last. (the curly florescent bulbs work best, but any bulb will work) The sell lamp rings.. These are either metal or a special fiber that holds the oil near the bulb while the bulb heats it. You can also add a drop to a candle that has melted wax in it & whenever you re-light the candle it will smell like pine.

PineSol gets it's scent from Pine Essential oil, so it will smell exactly the same, but with no danger to you or your family.

If you like Pine oil because it smells "clean", you may like Spruce oil. It smells like Christmas & it's one of my favorites! If you want to buy it online, just Google Essential Oil. It's much cheaper to buy it online & you can buy a large bottle for a very good price, thought many on-line supplies have a $50 minimum order. But, not to worry, a tiny bottle from the Health Food Store will last for MANY months, probably many years, just keep it away from the sunshine in a tightly close bottle.

A Tip: To get your home smelling wonderful in 2 seconds, simply sprinkle real cinnamon powder (without sugar) directly on to a warm burner on your stove, then turn it off. It will smell like you've been baking all day! It's super-yummy & very welcoming to guests!

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October 21, 20090 found this helpful

Just mop the floor with it, or get a rag and go over the dirty spots on the floor, then you'll have to smell throughout the house!

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October 21, 20090 found this helpful

Take it from a 55 year old who was emergency hospitalized this past April because couldn't breathe and diagnosed with Emphysema after life long use of man made chemicals that it's not worth the risk!

There are so many natural things you can use to make your home smell nice and vinegar is a great disinfectant and cleanser and baking soda is also a great cleanser!

Here's my list of Home Sweeteners:

Natural Home Sweeteners

Winter is coming and with that the windows and doors will be closed up tight and odors trapped inside. Here are some ideas to sweeten the smell of your home without harmful chemicals.

Place a small sprinkling of ground cinnamon or ground clove on an electric stove burner and turn on the heat to the very lowest setting possible.

Preheat oven to 350 F. degrees. Use a small piece of tinfoil, turn up the edges and pour a teaspoon of vanilla on top and place the foil in the oven. Turn off oven and prop the door open a bit.

Place 1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla or vanilla extract in small cups or bowls around the home. Mix small amounts of lemon juice or vinegar and baking soda together and place in small cups or bowls around the home.

To abolish cooking odors simmer 1 tablespoon vinegar with one cup of water in a small pan. Simmer your favorite spices, citrus rinds or fresh pine needles in a small pan of water on the stove. Experiment by mixing and matching. Also, instead of throwing out stale dated apple, cranberry or orange juice, just simmer in a small pan on the stove. Be sure to set a timer to remind you that it's time to add more water!

In a spray bottle, add several drops of your favorite essential oil to water. Shake to mix and mist the air.

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a cotton ball and place around the home.

Place a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil on a light bulb. Be sure to only do this on a bulb that is turned of and is cool! Once you turn on the light on the heat from the bulb will slowly release the essential oil in the air.

Place a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil inside your cardboard toilet paper roll and the scent will be released every time someone removes toilet paper.

Place springs of fresh eucalyptus around your home. And don't forget fresh flowers ;-)

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June 30, 2009

When you mop the kitchen floor with Pine Sol and water, does it disinfect the floor of germs and bacteria?

By jazzy774 from Pasadena, CA

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July 1, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, it is a disinfectant:

"Does Original Pine-Sol® Brand Cleaner disinfect? Yes. Original Pine-Sol® Brand Cleaner is registered with the E.P.A. as a disinfectant when used as directed full-strength. It kills household bacteria on hard non-porous surfaces."

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July 1, 20090 found this helpful

It does kill germs, but also is dangerous if you have pets, especially cats. The Phenol in Pine Sol is harmful and even toxic if they walk across the wet floor, then clean their feet.

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

Wow. Thanks, COFlower. I've been adding a little chlorine bleach to my mop water with the Pine-Sol, just to be sure. Now I can save my bleach!

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July 8, 20090 found this helpful

To my knowledge, Phenol is only used in Lysol, NOT Pinesol. When I called the company to try to find the original Lysol, which has been discontinued in favor of Les-toil, the company confirmed that the original Lysol had Phenol, the reason they discontinued it. Hospitals use some brand of Phenol, but it is not easily available to general public their staff says.

Best best is to use some chlorine, but with plenty of ventilation, with whatever else you use other than Ammonia that will explode when mixed with Chlorine. Good luck and God bless. : )

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September 19, 20110 found this helpful

I have a Hoover Steamvac and would love to use my Pine-Sol cleaner solution in it. Would this damage the cleaner?


By Betsy S.

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September 21, 20110 found this helpful

I use the lemon pine sol mixed in with some of the cleaner and it gives the carpet a really good smell.

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September 29, 20110 found this helpful

Just make sure you don't use Pine-Sol around cats; it's poisonous to them.

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September 16, 2010

Will PineSol hurt my pet dog if sprayed on weeds?

By Lydia from Houston, TX

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September 17, 20100 found this helpful

Just curious, what are the benefits of spraying pine sol on plants?

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September 17, 20100 found this helpful

I've never had any problem using Pine Sol around my pets as long as it was diluted well and the room was well ventilated. Never heard of spraying it on plants. Seems to me it would clog up the "pores" on them.

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April 3, 2007

I sometimes pour a small amount of Pine Sol into my sink drains and toilets when I want the fresh smell of clean and don't actually need to clean or "feel like cleaning"! Anyone visiting will think you've been cleaning all day.

By Michelle from Lanett, AL

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful


What an absolutely brilliant idea! That will last. Although not exactly sure I want people to think I'm cleaning upon their arrival. But those who know me know that's all I ever do anyway!

Jennifer CA

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