What Components Make Up Pine-Sol?

The Original Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner contains water, C10-12 alcohol ethoxylates, glycolic acid, aroma, caramel, dimethicone/silica/PEG distearates, sodium C14-17 secondary alkyl sulfonate, and xanthan gum, according to The Clorox Company, the maker of Pine-Sol. Ingredients are given in descending order of their proportions. Included are ingredients that account for more than 1% of the final product.

As a basis, water is used. Grease-cutting cleaning chemicals, such as sodium C14-17 secondary alkyl sulfonate and C10-12 alcohol ethoxylates, are utilised in cleaning solutions like laundry detergent. In toilets and bathtubs, glycolic acid is used to remove soap scum, discolouration, and scale deposits.

Defoamers are the major application for dimethicone/silica/PEG distearates. The addition of caramel enhances the product’s look and lets the user know whether the product is effective after application. Use of xanthan gum as a biodegradable thickener is common.

Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner is a disinfectant when used at full strength. It is EPA-registered and makes the claim that it can eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and germs on non-porous surfaces.

On unfinished or worn wood, aluminium, marble, copper, kitchenware, or automobiles, Pine-Sol should not be used. The Original Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner, according to the Pine-Sol product website, contains biodegradable chemicals rather than phosphorus or ammonia.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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