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Boiling Pine Sol as Air Freshener

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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October 22, 20090 found this helpful

I just heat cinnamon, cloves, allspice, spices like that, in a pot of water. I have a small pot that that is the only thing i use it for! It smells wonderful in the house. And you can buy those spices at the dollar store now, so it is very inexpensive.

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