A favorite household cleaner since the 1920s, Pine-Sol is a multipurpose cleaner made with pine oil. Pine-Sol isn't corrosive like bleach and also leaves behind a fresh, pine scent. When cleaning with this product, you should dilute 1/4 cup of Pine-Sol in one gallon of warm water. You can use diluted Pine-Sol to clean hardwood, linoleum, tile, counter tops and several other surfaces. Pine-Sol can be harmful to pets. Rinsing an area with water after cleaning with Pine-Sol might not be enough to keep pets safe.
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Use diluted Pine-Sol to clean nearly any surface in the kitchen, including cabinets, counters, appliances and the floor. If the surface is particularly dirty, put full strength Pine-Sol on a sponge and wipe down the surface. Follow by rinsing with water.
Pine-Sol cleans most surfaces in the bathroom, including the tub or shower, sink, toilet, cabinetry, diaper pails, laundry bins and floors. To keep toilets fresh, pour 1/2 cup of Pine-Sol into the bowl, then brush and flush.
The Living Room
When diluted with water, Pine-Sol works well for cleaning bookshelves, hardwood floors and tables. Use some caution when cleaning wood furniture or floors; if the wood isn't well sealed, liquids like Pine-Sol could damage the wood.
Use Pine-Sol to disinfect tools without making them rust. The product also cleans and disinfects walls, floors, appliances, storage containers and shelves. For best results when disinfecting, allow non-diluted Pine-Sol to sit on the surface for 10 minutes before washing away.
The Laundry Room
Pine-Sol cleans the surfaces of washers and dryers, but it also effectively cleans heavily soiled clothes and other fabrics. Pour full strength Pine-Sol on greasy clothes, gently rub in, and then wash. Alternatively, add 1/2 cup of Pine-Sol to a load of whites or colorfast fabrics in order to disinfect them.
Cats generally dislike the smell of Pine-Sol, therefore, it makes a good deterrent for felines. Wash floors or walls with full-strength Pine-Sol to prevent cats from spraying or using the area as a litter box.
Mix Pine-Sol and water in equal parts and place in a bottle sprayer. Spray surfaces or the air wherever flies are a nuisance, such as around the barn or the picnic area. Spray only after pets and people are several feet away.
In a well-ventilated area, use Pine-Sol to strip acrylic or oil paint or enamel from small items. Fill a jar or plastic box with full strength Pine-Sol. Place the painted item in the jar or box until it's completely submersed. Cover with a lid, if desired. Allow to soak for 24 hours. Scrub the item with a hard-bristled toothbrush and the paint should come off easily.
Kristina Seleshanko began adult life as a professional singer and actress, working on both the West and East coasts. She regularly sang jazz in nightclubs, performed in musical theatre, and sang opera and pop. Later, Seleshanko became the author of 18 books, and has written for such publications as "Woman's Day," "Today's Christian Woman," and "True West." Seleshanko has also been a writing coach, a research librarian for "Gourmet" magazine, and a voice teacher.