How to Use Pine-Sol as a Disinfectant

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Pine-Sol, a familiar household cleaner for decades, has recently been approved by the EPA for use as a cleaner/disinfectant against COVID-19 for hard, non-porous surfaces. It's easy to use Pine-Sol as a disinfectant, and it doesn't even need to be diluted. Here's how to use around your home, including your laundry.

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How to Use Pine-Sol as a Disinfectant

WARNING: Do not use Pine-Sol on porous stone surfaces. It could cause damage to the stone.

Step 1

Add Pine-Sol to a clean spray bottle. This step is absolutely optional, but makes using the Pine-Sol much easier when applying to surfaces.

Step 2

Wipe any surfaces clean of dirt and debris using a damp cloth.

Step 3

Spray Pine-Sol liberally on hard, non-porous surfaces. If you don't want to use a spray bottle, you can apply Pine-Sol directly to surfaces using a sponge or cloth.

Step 4

Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.

Step 5

Wipe clean with a cloth.

How to Use Pine-Sol to Disinfect Laundry

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After someone in your home has been sick, it is important to disinfect your laundry, including clothes, towels, and bedding. Pine-Sol can be used to disinfect laundry and kill bacteria. (Also, here's how to disinfect your washing machine after you wash.)

Step 1

Start your washing machine and add one cup of Pine-Sol. If the laundry you are disinfecting can be washed in hot water, then use the hottest setting. For laundry that calls for cold washing, use cold water.

Step 2

Add the laundry and allow to wash clothing.

Step 3

Run an extra rinse cycle to remove the smell.

Step 4

Dry as you normally would.

How to Use Pine-Sol to Disinfect Floors

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Pine-Sol is most widely known for cleaning floors, and it's a great way to disinfect them, too.

WARNING: While Pine-Sol is great for most flooring, it is not recommended for unfinished, unsealed, unpainted, waxed, oiled, or worn wood flooring.

Step 1

Sweep or vacuum floors to remove debris.

Step 2

Add 1/4 cup of Pine-Sol to one gallon of water.

Step 3

Add a mop to the water, then wring out. Do not mop floors with a soaking wet mop. The mop should be damp.

Step 4

Mop floors.

Step 5

Rinse with water.

Step 6

Allow to dry.


Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.

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