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.
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.
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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.
Wipe any surfaces clean of dirt and debris using a damp cloth.
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.
Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.
Wipe clean with a cloth.
How to Use Pine-Sol to Disinfect Laundry
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.)
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.
Add the laundry and allow to wash clothing.
Run an extra rinse cycle to remove the smell.
Dry as you normally would.
How to Use Pine-Sol to Disinfect Floors
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.
Sweep or vacuum floors to remove debris.
Add 1/4 cup of Pine-Sol to one gallon of water.
Add a mop to the water, then wring out. Do not mop floors with a soaking wet mop. The mop should be damp.
Rinse with water.
Allow to dry.