Clorox recalls 37 million bottles of Pine-Sol that may contain bacteria

Clorox recalls 37 million bottles of Pine-Sol that may contain bacteria

The recall affects several Pine-Sol products and scents. It was issued due to the potential presence of a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Clorox recalled approximately 37 million bottles of Pine-Sol after discovering that some products may contain bacteria, including a bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The recall, issued on October 25, 2022, affects several different Pine-Sol flavors and products, although Original Pine-Sol (pine scent) is not affected by the recall. Consumers should immediately stop using Pine-Sol products affected by the recall.

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The voluntary recall affects three Pine-Sol product lines and several scents. Affected products include: 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 recalled products were manufactured between January 2021 and September 2022, according to Clorox press release issued through the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). (Clorox is the parent company of Pine-Sol.)

According to the Clorox press release, the tests identified bacteria in certain recalled products. These products may contain bacteria, including Pseudomonasaeruginosa, which can lead to an infection. No illnesses have been reported from the recalled products, according to the Clorox statement.

What to do if you have any of the recalled Pine-Sol products

Check your Pine-Sol products to see if they are any of the affected cleaners and scents. The date codes on the affected bottles start with the prefix A4 and the first five digits are less than 22249 (which represents products produced before September 2022). The affected products were sold in 28, 48, 60, 100, 144 and 175 fluid ounce bottles and were sold by several major national retailers.

Recalled Pine-Sol Products:

  • Pine-Sol Scented Multi-Surface Cleaner in Lavender Clean Scent

  • Pine-Sol Scented Multi-Surface Cleaner in Sparkling Wave Scent

  • Pine-Sol Scented Multi-Surface Cleaner in Fresh Lemon Scent

  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Clean Lavender Scent

  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Sparkling Wave Scent

  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol Fresh Lemon Scent Multi-Purpose Cleaner

  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol Multi-Purpose Cleaner in Orange Energy Scent

  • Clorox Pine-Sol Lemon Fresh Professional Cleaner

If you have any of the affected products, stop using them immediately. Take photos of the 12-digit UPC code and date code. If you have multiple affected products, please take a photo of the UPC code on each bottle Y a photo of the date code on each bottle. (You can see how to photograph the items in Once you have the photos, dispose of the product in your container. You should not empty the bottle first. Instead, throw the bottle with the cleaner in it in your household trash for disposal.

You may contact Pine-Sol for a full refund of the purchase price (if you have a purchase receipt) or a refund of the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price if you do not have a receipt. To contact Pine-Sol for your refund, visit to complete the online consumer form. You will need to submit your name, address, and other contact information, name your UPC product, provide a mailing address for your rebate check, and upload photos of your affected products. You can also call toll free at 855-378-4982; call centers are open from 9 am to 5 pm ET after October 26.

What is Pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a type of Pseudomonas—a bacterium commonly found in the environment, often in soil and water. Pseudomonas aeruginosa it is the type that most often causes infections in humans, according to the CDC. This bacterium can be spread by exposure to contaminated water, soil, or other surfaces. The CDC recommends thorough handwashing and environmental and surface cleaning to prevent infection from this bacteria. Pseudomonas aeruginosa it most commonly causes infection in people with weakened immune systems, says Clorox, and does not normally affect people with healthy immune systems.

For more information on this recall, visit or see Clorox news release on the CPSC website.


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