Walmart recalls Room Spray due to rare and dangerous bacteria; two deaths investigated

Recalled room spray
Posted at 8:59 AM, Oct 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-26 08:59:38-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Walmart is recalling nearly four thousand bottles of “Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones” in six different scents due to the possible presence of a rare and dangerous bacteria and risk of serious injury and death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have conducted tests on a version of the product and determined that it contained dangerous bacteria.

Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes melioidosis, was found in the product.

A cluster of four cases of melioidosis in the U.S. have been investigated by the CDC. The cases were reported in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia. There were two deaths among the cases and one of them was a child fatality.

The aromatherapy room spray was sold at about 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at from February 2021 through October 2021 for about $4. Walmart has stopped sale of the product.

“Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy,” is printed on the label on the front of the 5-ounce glass bottle.

If your product has a scent and/or product number listed below, return it immediately.

  • 84140411420 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile
  • 84140411421 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin
  • 84140411422 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender
  • 84140411423 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint
  • 84140411424 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus
  • 84140411425 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla

Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled product immmediately and double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags, place it in a small cardboard box and return it to any Walmart store for a full refund.

Customers who return the spray will receive a $20 Walmart gift card.