Swifter Mop WARNING 4 Pet Lovers

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  1. SeaStormy3

    SeaStormy3 New Member

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    I heard and found out the new thing about this. If you have a swifter mop, throw it away. The chemcils in it, while mopping on floor is dangerous to your pets and it is toxic to their livers. They get sick and die few month later. Some may be sooner and some will be later. Pls stop this and throw those mops away if you love your animals. I know it has not been announced lately. It's just starting to now. Im just helping spread this word out to animal lovers out there. God, I wish I could get a giant hammer and hit the factory that makes it all down, crashing. NO MORE KILLING PETS. Take care, smile...
     
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    Okay... I will keep that one in mind. Thank you and do you know of anything that is a natural product and will not harm pets please? Thank you
     
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    We use the swiffer mop almost every day at the office and it makes the office smell fresh and clean each time and your post smells like an URBAN LEGEND!

    No worries it's not your fault there's suckers born every day and that's the modern day society we live in.

    Richard
     
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    It's not really a myth at all. All cleaners will have some trace of chemical agents in them that are not safe for living animals to be around with. The swifter mop are known to have antifreeze as one of their ingredients. Antifreeze is poisonous enough to eradicate the liver.

    Whatever happened to using just water and a rag?

    -J.
     
  5. Taylor

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    It contains chemicals as all cleaners would but it isn't made from anti-freeze. In anti-freeze, the ethylene glycol is what makes it dangerous to pets. The swiffer mop contains propylene glycol which is safer.

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    Yeah, I don't beleive those rumor because we have swiffer mop everywhere in supermarkets here in Germany. The TV News would spread out to ask us to return swiffer mop back to stores if they found out swiffer mop are toxic for pets.

    But I still thank you for warn us, SeaStormy3. It shows that you concern about pets... I appreciate it very much...
     
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    You are quite right about that chemcil, part of it in anti freezer in those swifter mops. Everyone needs to spread this word around. Businesses do not want to lose their sales, selfish bastards.
     
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    wow.. cant believe that rumors..
     
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    At least I think everyone should know about this, and some of users in here are correct about few things. But yet, we got to be careful with products what we buy. With more warnings, maybe the swifter mop companies may start pulling them off then. I hope so. What ever happened to the old ways, water and rags!! At least, dont use too much soaps, whatever you put on floor, cuz pets lick the floor for spilled foods. Smile! A animal lover...
     
  10. VamPyroX

    VamPyroX bloody phreak from hell

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    People need to learn to stop being paranoid.

    I used to have a friend who kept sending out chain emails about these bogus crap. I told her to stop sending them to me. I even replied pointing out that she was wrong and that they were bullshit.

    Guess what? All of those friends who are on her email list... aren't her friends any more. She let these bullshit emails get to her head and chose to believe those instead of her friends. Now, she's single... at home... converted to Pentacost religion... wearing dresses every day... without makeup... preaching the Bible to people who never listen to her... with no friends.
     
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    You fail to even make a point at all. That's just dissing her with no respect.

    Regardless, there is danger in many of the products out there today. We've mutated ourselves to over a foot tall now compared to our ancestors for many reasons. Not just that, but even cancer. There's a good reason why these occur. You have to wonder where that came from.

    -J.
     
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    http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/swiffer.asp

    Swiffer WetJet

    Claim: The Swiffer WetJet poses a general danger to dogs and other household pets.

    Status: False.

    Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2004]

    Origins: So much about this anonymous message purportedly detailing the demise of someone's neighbor's dog and that neighbor's housekeeper's two cats is either wrong or unverifiable that we cannot see how it could reasonably be considered anything but false:
    The message gives no information about its writer or either of the pet owners, and thus provides no avenue through which inquiries can be made to verify its contents. It appears to have been disseminated through its posting to many different dog-related newsgroups and mailing lists, always by a second-hand source who had "received it in e-mail."

    The claims that the cleaning agent used with the Swiffer WetJet is "antifreeze" or "a compound which is one molecule away from" something else are quite similar to a number of other alarmist scares we've seen (such as one about margarine) and are indicative of an uninformed writer's making unwarranted assumptions.

    According to P&G's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), most of the cleaning fluid used in the Swiffer WetJet system is water (somewhere between 90 and 100 percent), with propylene glycol n-propyl ether and isopropyl alcohol making up between 1 and 4 percent each, and the remainder of the solution composed of minor ingredients and preservatives.

    The two most common compounds found in antifreeze and de-icing solutions are ethylene glycol and propylene glycol. The former has been identified as posing a danger to pets, but propylene glycol is much safer than ethylene glycol — it has been classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an additive that is "generally recognized as safe" for use in food, it is found in a variety of medicines and cosmetics, and it is recommended as a safe alternative to antifreeze for pet owners. Moreover, what the Swiffer Wetjet cleaning solution contains is not propylene glycol itself, but propylene glycol n-propyl ether, an ingredient found in many, many different brands and types of household cleaning products. If this compound truly posed a significant risk of causing fatal liver damage in cats and dogs, we should be hearing about many more pet deaths associated with cleaning products other than the Swiffer WetJet.

    Also note that the danger posed to pets by antifreeze (i.e., ethylene glycol) has to do kidney failure, not destruction of the liver as claimed in the message quoted above.

    The warning message claims that the anonymous writer found on his WetJet packaging a warning label which stated that the product "may be harmful to small children and animals." We examined the warning labels on every Swiffer WetJet product we could find at our local stores, and none of them bore such wording. The labelling on all these products (i.e., the Swiffer WetJet Power Mop with Jet-Action Sprayer, the Wood Floor Cleaner, the Multi-Purpose Cleaner, and the Cleaning Pad Refill) was identical and read: "AVOID ACCIDENTS: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS. In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with water. If irritation persists, call a physician." This is the standard boilerplate warning label found on virtually every household cleaning product to inform users that cleaning agents are generally caustic and may be harmful should they come into direct contact with the eye. On Swiffer products, the first line of the warning (the one referencing children and pets) was presented in block letters and in darker type than the rest of the message, all of which was listed in three languages: English, French, and Spanish.

    Only the warning carried on the Antibacterial Cleaner solution was different — after an expanded caution about not getting the product into one's eyes and the procedure for flushing exposed eyes with water, it concluded, ''Contact a Poison Control Center or doctor for treatment advice. Have the product container or label with you when calling the Poison Control Center or doctor or going for treatment." Nowhere on this label was there mention of children or pets, and even the part of the warning devoted to Poison Control Centers and doctors might well have applied only to the preceding passage about getting the solution into one's eyes. No Swiffer product carried a warning cautioning users that its toxicity might pose a danger to children or pets, as suggested by the message quoted above.
    On its web site, Procter and Gamble explains its Swiffer WetJet cleaning system as an all-in-one, ready-to-use mopping system. According to the entry in its "Swiffer Q&A" section devoted to the question of whether the product is safe to use around pets:
    Great news for you and your pets! Swiffer Wet and Swiffer WetJet are specially designed to not leave a residue on the floor, so there's no need to rinse. We suggest you make sure the floor is completely dry before letting your pet walk on it, though, because wet floors can be slippery. Since there isn't a residue, there are no problems if your pet licks the floor.

    No more worrying about the owner of those muddy paw prints. You can enjoy the convenience of our Swiffer products without any worries for your pet's safety.
    In direct response to the e-mail's charge, Procter and Gamble posted a rebuttal:
    There is a false Internet rumor circulating rapidly among pet owners alleging that Swiffer WetJet may contain antifreeze and is harmful to pets. The Wet cloths and WetJet liquid solution cleaners do not contain antifreeze or any ingredient similar to it. In fact, all Swiffer products are safe to use around pets.

    We evaluated the Swiffer Wet cloths and WetJet cleaners to ensure they're safe — a fact confirmed by the ASPCA, independent veterinarians and scientists. In fact, for nearly five years, people in over 38 million U.S. homes have safely used Swiffer products on everything from the kitchen and living room floors to tables and ceiling fans.

    We have pets too, and their health and well-being is very important to us. Please help us stop this rumor by sharing the truth with others.
    The ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center also issued a statement declaring this rumor to be unfounded:
    Veterinary toxicologists at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center have reviewed the claim described in a widely distributed email alleging a relationship between the use of Swiffer Wet Jet and liver failure in a dog. The email alleges that exposure to the ingredients in Swiffer Wet Jet caused a dog's death.

    The Swiffer Wet Jet system contains water (90-100%), propylene glycol n-propyl ether or propylene glycol n-butyl ether and isopropyl alcohol (1-4%). These ingredients are safe to use around pets when used according to label directions and would not cause liver damage at product concentrations. Propylene glycol n-butyl/propyl ether differs significantly from ethylene glycol, the potentially toxic ingredient present in most antifreeze products. Ethylene glycol is frequently implicated in causing renal failure in dogs following antifreeze ingestion. Propylene glycol n-propyl ether and propylene glycol n-butyl ether are very safe ingredients at levels used in cleaning products and do not cause kidney or liver failure.
    If this warning is as unsubstantiated as it appears to be, then why did someone write it? One possibility is that most pet owners are of course quite distraught when beloved, apparently healthy animal companions die for no obvious reason, and in their grief they understandably try to make sense of the otherwise unexplainable by finding something to which the deaths can be attributed. Unfortunately, this emotional reaction often leads people to lay the blame on agents that may have only a coincidental connection to events. For example, a pet owner re-carpets his home, and a week later both his dogs suddenly die. In this circumstance, many people would quite naturally assume that the new carpeting — which draws attention as the most substantial and visible change to the household — must have been connected to the death of the dogs, but much more evidence would be necessary to draw that conclusion. Quite possibly a factor (or combination of factors) unrelated to carpeting was the cause, and the timing of the dogs' deaths was completely coincidental. Or the connection may have been tangential — perhaps after the new carpeting was installed, the residents took to removing their shoes upon entering the house; the dogs, now having convenient access to those shoes, began to chew or lick them, thereby picking up some kind of toxin or illness-causing biological agent carried in from the outside on those shoes.

    Also, given this message's similarity to a different, unfounded e-mail warning about another Procter & Gamble product, Febreze, we'd have to consider the possibility that someone with a grudge against Procter & Gamble is maliciously trying to damage the company by deliberately spreading false information about their products.

    Additional information: Swiffer Pet Rumor
    (Procter & Gamble)
    Last updated: 21 September 2005


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    Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "Swiffer and Pets Do in Fact Mix."
    17 May 2004.
     
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    Just dont use too much any kind of soaps for floor, just a little is fine. Any kind of floor soaps might smell good, fades away in short time, doesnt matter but using a little might be ok. Just a regular water and rag wouldnt hurt all animals. OK?
     
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    God, you are so very rude and mean. We some people might want to warn others just in case. Just trying to help. NO WONDER YOU ARE NOT LIKED IN HERE. DAMN FUCKING RUDE PERSON who may have a very small prick who is just angry at world. Get outta here. We dont like you.
     
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    Oh brother, who is sending you any chain emails. I guess you dont get that many emails, wow. What a rude person you are. You arent my friend, for that, THANK GOD !!!
     
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    Thank you, you are right, about what you said those products out there, may be not safe. I appreciate this.
     
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    SeaStormy, take your blinders off and read posts # 5 and 12.....
     
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    Propylene glycol is a chemical that is listed as " A less toxic anti-freeze ". I am a chemist and propylene glycol is toxic, even to humans. Yes, we do use it in food, cosmetics and other things we ingest because until now the FDA has approved it. The FDA has approved many chemicals that have killed thousands of people and animals. That doesn't make it right. There is hope, that the American consumer continues to become more and more educated, to avoid their own deaths this way.
     
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    Until the Supreme Court rules against the safety of Swifters, they will continue to aggressively defend themselves and generate sales. That is big business in this country.
     
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    Reba got right about Swifter mop, I use alot and still fine.
     

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