As if cleaning wasn’t annoying enough, one of the products you may use to keep your home sparkling could make you and your family sick. 

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Some people just have the “cleaning gene.” They get genuine joy and satisfaction from scrubbing, tidying up, and organizing. Others (like me) hate cleaning with the fire of a thousand burning suns.

It’s not that people like us enjoy living in filth. We do our best to keep things from getting disgusting in our home - but we loathe doing it. Making time to clean the house is a giant pain for people with busy schedules, but it’s a necessary evil. 

But no matter if you're a clean freak or do it begrudgingly, no one wants to make themselves or their family sick by doing it - so it’s time to check your cleaning cabinet to make sure you’re not using one of these cleaning products that could be bad for your health.

Clorox has issued a recall of several of its popular Pine-Sol cleaning products. These cleaners were found to possibly contain bacteria, particularly Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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Consumer Product Safety Commission/Canva

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) defines pseudomonas aeruginosa as a type of germ typically found in soil and water that can cause blood infections and pneumonia in humans with weak immune systems. 

Relatively healthy people usually aren’t affected by the bacteria, but for those vulnerable, it can cause serious health issues that may require medical treatment.

The Pine-Sol cleaners that are being recalled are:

  • Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner Lavender Clean 
  • Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner Sparkline Wave 
  • Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner Lemon Fresh 
  • Pine-Sol Scented Orange Energy Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol Lavender Clean All Purpose Cleaner
  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol Lemon Fresh All Purpose Cleaner 
  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol Orange Energy® All Purpose Cleaner
  • CloroxPro Pine-Sol Sparkling Wave All Purpose Cleaner

The affected bottles have date codes printed on them beginning with “A4”, followed by a five-digit number less than 22249 (meaning that it was produced before September 2022).

Original Pine-Sol cleaners (you know - the one that smells like pine) are not one of the cleaners affected in this recall and are safe to continue using.

If your bottle of Pine-Sol is one of the ones being recalled, you’re advised to take a picture of the 12-digit UPC code and the date code and contact Pine-Sol for a refund. Details on how to do that are here. Then, throw the bottle and what’s left of the potentially hazardous product in the trash. 

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