Walmart is Recalling Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy Room Sprays Due to Contamination of Deadly Bacteria

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Better Home & Gardens Room Sprays

Walmart has an important recall to share with your friends and family!

Walmart is recalling about 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray w/ Gemstones due to the possible presence of a rare and dangerous bacteria that may cause a serious bacterial infection that could result in death.

The CDC has tested a version of the product after investigating a small cluster of 4 cases of melioidosis aka Whitmore’s Disease. Sadly, this dangerous infection has resulted in the death of two people including a child.

The CDC determined that this spray did in fact contain a bacteria called Burkholderia pseudomallei which causes melioidosis. This infection can infect both people and animals. Symptoms can vary depending on the type of melioidosis infection that is present but may include cough, chest pain, high fever, and headache.

Better Home & Gardens Room Sprays

These Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Sprays are being recalled in the following scents:

  • Lavender & Chamomile (84140411420)
  • Lemon and Mandarin (84140411421)
  • Lavender (84140411422)
  • Peppermint (84140411423)
  • Lime & Eucalyptus (84140411424)
  • Sandalwood and Vanilla (84140411425)

Walmart Customer Service area

If you are in possession of this room spray that was sold nationwide in about 55 stores and on, you are urged to take the following precautions:

  • Stop using this product immediately. Do not open the bottle. Do not attempt to throw away or dispose of the bottle.
  • Double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags and place in a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store for a refund.
  • Wash sheets or linens that the product may have been sprayed on using normal laundry detergent and dry completely in a hot dryer, bleach can be used if desired.
  • Wipe down counters and surfaces that might have been exposed to the spray with an undiluted disinfectant cleaner.
  • Minimize handling of the product and wash hands thoroughly after handling the bottle or linens. Wash hands thoroughly after removing gloves.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Walmart at 1-800-925-6278 from 7AM through 9PM CST any day or online.

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Comments 10

  1. MrsG

    What the heck????

  2. Pinkrazrbrd


    • Joanna

      My exact words! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ฃ

  3. Sadie

    Deadly bacteria? I donโ€™t shop at Walmart anymore ( havent in 5 years ) but holy crap thatโ€™s scary. Are they going to go into detail about what happened and how it got contaminated??? Hope everyone who bought this is okay!

    • amy-35

      I read that a child died from the bacteria ๐Ÿ˜ข

  4. Cw

    The explanation of what happened with this stuff on national news last night was frightening.

  5. Eva B

    I am hoping this is a very isolated incident BUT the company that made this for Walmart makes things for MANY other companies. I always worry that recalls will expand! Use caution until this has been investigated further!

  6. Paola Velasquez

    Is this just the spray or every better homes and gardens aromatherapy oils? I have the essential oils from better homes and gardens. Does anyone know?

  7. Steve Torres

    I have some and they’re not the six they mentioned but I’m still taking them back. If they don’t reimburse me I’ll just spray it on my way out. Maybe I can make their store smell better or kill half the associates.

  8. Sandy Butt

    I am going to go buy some now.

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