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Pine-Sol Vs Pine-Glo: Which is Better

It is no doubt that both Pine-sol and Pine-glo are effective household cleaners and disinfectants. As great as the market price difference of the 2 products, no one would argue about the similarities in their names. However, for an equal quantity of both products, Pine-sol is said to be more expensive. Aside from being popular as household products, the application of both products extends to industries, hospitals, and factories. Additionally, they can also be used as insect repellent against flies.

An overview of Pine-Sol

It is said to be a favorite household cleaner since the early ‘90s. Pine-Sol is an empirical, effective multi-purpose cleaner made with pine oil. It isn’t corrosive like household bleach (sodium hypochlorite) and also has a fresh, pine scent that lingers even after usage.

A diluted Pine-sol can be used to clean hardwood, linoleum, tile, countertops and several other surfaces. Pine-sol products are said to be effective in killing 99.9% of germs and household bacteria on most hard, nonporous surfaces.

Some recent studies have shown that several common cleaner brands including Pine-Sol, the highly coveted eco-friendly Simple Green and many others contain notoriously dangerous chemical agents. These agents have been attributed to hormonal imbalance, fetal complications, birth defects, and some types of tumors, and can also act as allergens.

An Overview Of Pine-Glo

Pine-glo is also an effective cleaning agent and the present household popularity cannot be overemphasized. However, the recent news about it not being listed on the EPA list as one of the effective agents against covid-19 has made it to be less in demand among some other cleaning agents. It should also be stated that Pine-sol was listed.  

There are some common unwanted side effects and complications associated with Pine-glo. Alkyl alcohol ethoxylates which is an integral component of the cleaner is hazardous to health. It is an aromatic hydrocarbon with an irritating, strong and pungent odor and has been duly listed by MSDS as an irritant. 

Pine-Sol vs Pine-Glo

To better understand these two products, there is a need to explore the differences between the products. These are some of the basic differences between Pine-sol and Pine-glo

a. Cleaning Capacity

This quality highlights the major difference Between the 2 products. The marked difference in the capabilities may be linked to the huge difference in the price of the 2 products. Multiple customers’ reviews favor the use of Pine-sol over Pine-glo as it is said to be more effective to use with greater cleaning capabilities. Adherent or stubborn stains/spots are rarely removed easily using pine-glo without application of a lot of force whereas Pine-sol works in most cases without necessarily exerting excessive physical forces.

b. Effect on Health

Although modern regulations governing cleaning products and disinfectants stated that they aren’t as dangerous as some previous cleaning products used to be.

The most severe of the health effects are the effects they both have on the respiratory system (more pronounced in the Pine-glo).  Both products act as allergens, stimulating allergic reactions. The reactions may vary from mild to severe but are rarely fatal. Previous reports suggest that Pine-sol is associated with skin irritation on contact. Nevertheless, of these 2 evils, Pine-sol has been said to generate a more bearable discomfort.

c. Fragrance

This is a clear pointer to the difference between the 2 products. Pine oil is not a major component of Pine-sol. It is however instituted in minimal quantity to confer its unique, natural scent on the product. The scent is said to be satisfying, pleasing and endures a long duration even after the application. It is not pungent and likewise does not deteriorate badly over time.

This however cannot be stated about the Pine-glo. It does not contain natural pine oil of any quality. Its characteristic fragrance is attributed to its synthetic, laboratory-produced chemicals. The chemicals were formulated for the smell to mimic that of pine. However, the fragrance comes off as a clear cheap knock-off. Unlike the Pine-sol, the fragrance deteriorates into a somewhat offensive odor.

d. Ability To Disinfect

Disinfection describes a process that gets rid of many or all disease-causing organisms on inanimate objects like tables, chairs. Only a few organisms like spore-forming bacteria are not eliminated in disinfection. Disinfection is usually achieved by the use of wet chemicals in which Pine-sol and Pine-glo solutions are examples. They tend to both have the same effect regarding disinfection.

However, in diluted quantity, Pine-sol is said to be a more effective disinfectant when compared to an equal concentration of Pine-glo. This could also be said to justify the difference in the prices of the 2 products.

e. Concentration After Dilution

The Pine-sol is said to be effective both in the cleaning and the disinfection properties in diluted concentrations. The same cannot be said of the Pine-glo which loses most of its qualities when diluted into a lighter concentration. Hence, when an equal quantity of both pine-sol and Pine-glo are applied to the same amount of function, Pine-sol appears to be more effective.

Desirable Features Of Multi-Purpose Cleaners

It is a known fact that not all cleaners are disinfectants. However, some products have the 2 features in 1.  Products intended for disinfecting should be able to eliminate or inhibit unwanted microorganisms from the surfaces they are applied to but may leave some quantity of dirt behind. However, ideal products meant for cleaning do not leave any quantity of dirt behind. Similarly, a product meant to be a cleaner and disinfectant will eliminate unwanted microbes without leaving any dirt in place.

a. A product with reliable cleaning abilities will eliminate the use of another alternative cleaner. Likewise, a disinfectant with adequate proficiency will have broad-spectrum efficiency against most microbes.

b. Good disinfectant/cleaners should have reasonable stability in both concentrated and diluted forms. The addition of water or any other solvent should not adversely change the properties but instead, enhance its usage.

c. A good disinfectant/cleaner should be environmentally safe without posing any danger to the ecosystem. Neither the product nor its residues should harm man, other animals. It should also pose no medical threat during and after use. Any possible side effects that may result directly or indirectly from the usage must be legibly stated in the attached label. Generally, disinfectants should be kept away from the reach of children and domesticated animals.

d. A good cleaner/disinfectant must be equally compatible with the inanimate object it is meant for. A good cleaner would not discolor, tarnish, stain or facilitate the corrosion of the metal it’s meant to clean.

e. Affordability is also an important factor as cleaning/disinfection is meant to be a routine action that should not exert an excessive economic burden on the intending consumer.

f. A good product should be easy to use. The direction for usage should be clearly outlined in the attached label without confusion. Ideally, it should contain how long the product should stay on the surface for effective usage.

Final Conclusion

Deciding on choosing the preferred cleaning products is based on some factors which must include the monetary budget of the individual. Other factors that would be considered should include the safety level of the product of choice. The effectiveness in the job specification of the product is also a factor.

Pine-sol is said to have an edge over Pine-glo in most of the listed features and more importantly, it poses less risk to the human body. The Pine-glo is however not a woeful product in itself and some of its desirable qualities can be enhanced and fortified for optimum consumers’ satisfaction.