A favorite household cleaner since the 1920s, Pine-Sol (sometimes called Pinesol) is a multipurpose cleaner made with pine oil. Although many consider this product appropriate only for vinyl or wood floors, it is also useful for cleaning and disinfecting a wide variety of surfaces. Pine-Sol isn't corrosive like bleach and also leaves behind a fresh, pine scent.

The Kitchen

Use 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.

The Bathroom

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.

The Garage

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 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.

Cat Deterrent

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.

Pest Deterrent

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.

Paint Stripper

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.