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    Exclamation Swiffer Wet Jet

    I don't want to be spreading rumors but I thought it better to be safe than sorry. This is an email message I just recieved.

    Wet Jet

    >I recently had a neighbor who had to have their 5-year old
    >German Shepherd dog put down due to liver failure. The dog was
    >completely healthy until a few weeks ago, so they had a necropsy
    >done to see what the cause was. The liver levels were
    >unbelievable, as if the dog had ingested poison of some
    >kind! The dog is kept inside, and when he's outside, someone's
    >with him, so the idea of him getting into something unknown was
    >hard to believe.
    >My neighbor started going through all the items in the house.
    >When he got to the Swiffer Wetjet, he noticed, in very tiny
    >print, a warning which stated "may be harmful to small children
    >and animals." He called the company to ask what the contents of
    >the cleaning agent are and was astounded to find out that
    >antifreeze is one of the ingredients. (actually he was told it's
    >a compound which is one molecule away from antifreeze).
    >Therefore, just by the dog walking on the floor cleaned with the
    >solution, then licking its own paws, it ingested enough of the
    >solution to destroy its liver. Soon after his dog's death, his
    >housekeepers' two cats also died of liver failure. They both
    >used the Swiffer Wetjet for quick cleanups on their floors.
    >Necropsies weren't done on the cats, so they couldn't file a
    >lawsuit, but he asked that we spread the word to as many people
    >as possible so they don't lose their animals. This is equally
    >harmful to babies and small children that play on the floor a
    >lot and put their fingers in their mouths a lot.

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    I was at a garage sale and a lady was selling one. I was thinking about buying it until she asked me if I had any pets. I don't know if the story is true or not but I didn't I think they're safe for pets.

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    Wow- that's pretty crazy. Doesn't sound very safe at all...

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    I got this info from the About.com urban legend net hoax section

    Swiffer WetJet Toxic to Pets

    Netlore Archive: Forwarded email claims that the Swiffer WetJet disposable floor cleaner contains a substance toxic to dogs and cats

    Description: Email rumor
    Circulating since: May 2004
    Status: False
    Analysis: See below



    Email example contributed by Lynn P., 2 May 2004:

    Warning for your animal's health:

    I recently had a neighbor who had to have their 5-year old German Shepherd dog put down due to liver failure. The dog was completely healthy until a few weeks ago, so they had a necropsy done to see what the cause was. The liver levels were unbelievable, as if the dog had ingested poison of some kind. The dog is kept inside, and when he's outside, someone's with him, so the idea of him getting into something unknown was hard to believe. My neighbor started going through all the items in the house. When he got to the Swiffer Wet jet, he noticed, in very tiny print, a warning which stated "may be harmful to small children and animals." He called the company to ask what the contents of the cleaning agent are and was astounded to find out that anitfreeze is one of the ingredients. (actually he was told it's a compound which is one molecule away from anitfreeze). Therefore, just by the dog walking on the floor cleaned with the solution, then licking it's own paws, and the dog eating from its dishes which were kept on the kitchen floor cleaned with this product, it ingested enough of the solution to destroy its liver. Soon after his dog's death, his housekeepers' two cats also died of liver failure. They both used the Swiffer Wetjet for quick cleanups on their floors. Necropsies weren't done on the cats, so they couldn't file a lawsuit, but he asked that we spread the word to as many people as possible so they don't lose their animals. .


    Comments: So far, I've found no evidence or documentation to substantiate this rumor. Quite the opposite, in fact.

    Though the product label advises (as with all cleaning products) to "Keep out of reach of children and pets," its manufacturer, Procter & Gamble, maintains that the Swiffer WetJet Cleaning System leaves no appreciable residue and is therefore safe to use in a household with pets, even if they lick the floor after it has been mopped.

    A low order of toxicity

    According to the Swiffer WetJet Material Safety Data Sheet, the product has "a low order of toxicity." It contains the following ingredients:

    Water (90% - 100%)
    Propylene Glycol n-Propyl Ether (1% - 4%)
    Isopropyl Alcohol (1% - 4%)
    Minor Ingredients (< 1%)
    Preservatives (< 0.1%)
    Propylene glycol n-propyl ether is a solvent similar to, but much less toxic than, ethylene glycol, the antifreeze ingredient always cited as a hazard to pets and children. The Material Safety Data Sheet for propylene glycol, which is present in no greater than a 4% concentration in the Swiffer WetJet cleaning solution, states that the chemical has "low toxicity in animal studies" where ingested. It is also found in other household cleaning products.

    The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has stated the following: "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."

    Anonymous, secondhand, purely anecdotal report

    Note, too, that the email report is anonymous, secondhand and purely anecdotal, offering no means of authenticating its central claim that three animals died as a result of ingesting the Swiffer WetJet cleaning solution - good enough reason to be skeptical.



    Procter & Gamble response to the Swiffer WetJet rumor:

    Question:
    Are the ingredients safe?
    Answer:
    We're glad you came to us for the facts about Swiffer WetJet. Let us assure you, this rumor is completely false. Our Wet cloths and WetJet liquid solution cleaners do not contain antifreeze or any ingredient similar to it.

    We have pets too and their health is very important to us. All our products have been evaluated by internal and external veterinarians and scientists, and Swiffer WetJet and Swiffer Wet cloths are safe to use around pets.

    We hope you’ll help us put an end to this rumor by letting others know the truth.

    2004 Update: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Responds to Swiffer Wet Jet Rumor - May 7, 2004: "Veterinary Toxicologists regard allegations of liver failure and death from household cleaner as unfounded."


    2005 Update: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Debunks Swiffer Wet Jet Rumor - October 12, 2005: "Veterinary toxicologists continue to regard allegations of liver failure and death from household cleaner as unfounded."
    Last edited by Faerieglamour; 10-27-2006 at 12:10 PM.

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    Good job Faerie....I was just about to go to www.snopes.com
    It also researches urban legends and e-mail hoaxes.

    Let all work together to stop these annoying e-mails that are going around - check 'em out first before you send them on!

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    Whew!!! Had me going for a minute there. I use one and I have a pet so glad it's false

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMB27
    Whew!!! Had me going for a minute there. I use one and I have a pet so glad it's false

    JMB is a pimp and cleans his own house? :convinced:

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    Hmmmmmmmm that is an interesting point...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by PugGirl
    JMB is a pimp and cleans his own house? :convinced:

    I meant when one of my "ladies" cleans the house.


























    Honestly!!!!!















    I Swear!!!!!
















    :theyareon

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    Yeah right!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMB27
    I meant when one of my "ladies" cleans the house.


























    Honestly!!!!!















    I Swear!!!!!
















    :theyareon

    uh huh.........*coughs* not

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    Hey, I don't have to defend myself:28:

    U B Jealous b/c da pimp cleans up after himself



    *BTW I would say that he holocaust was genocide, not just murder*

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    Well let's give you the benefit of the doubt.....you use the Swiffer Wet Jet. If that is all you use (no regular mopping or srcubibng), it's a spit shine......

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    Well glad that's settled. Sorry guys!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmeCrazyButt
    Well glad that's settled. Sorry guys!!
    And I bet your cats are breathing a lot easier right now also.;)

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