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shirley1011
January 26th, 2009, 06:50 AM
I found this interesting and wanted to pass it along. Recently someone 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. PLEASE, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE BABIES, SMALL CHILDREN OR OWN A PET; PLEASE FORWARD THIS ON! YOU MAY NOT HAVE ANY CHILDREN OR PETS BUT SOME OF YOU HAVE FRIENDS OR FAMILY WITH PETS AND ALSO FAMILIES WITH GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.

Love4himies
January 26th, 2009, 07:03 AM
I heard about this years ago. I wonder if other products that are used in the same way as Swiffer have the same compounds?

Melinda
January 26th, 2009, 07:03 AM
this has been going around for a few years and isn't true according to snopes

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

DianeL
January 26th, 2009, 07:14 AM
with the internet these day it is easy to check to see if this is true or not. people are too quick to spread the word without a second thought. I have gotten this email from several people but rather than spreading it further I did my reseach to find it is just a hoax. So the buck stopped here. I will not spread rumors. please do your research before ruining someone reputation. http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/swiffer.asp

shirley1011
January 26th, 2009, 08:27 AM
thanks for the information...I paniced when I got the email as I do use Swiffer products.....sorry I did not mean any offence but knew I could count on someone here to verify the email I received.......

Love4himies
January 26th, 2009, 08:58 AM
with the internet these day it is easy to check to see if this is true or not. people are too quick to spread the word without a second thought. I have gotten this email from several people but rather than spreading it further I did my reseach to find it is just a hoax. So the buck stopped here. I will not spread rumors. please do your research before ruining someone reputation. http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/swiffer.asp

I think you are a bit harsh on Shirley, she was only passing on info that she recieved, she didn't start the rumour.

Melinda
January 26th, 2009, 09:06 AM
its ok Shirley, better to be safe than sorry!!:thumbs up

Chris21711
January 26th, 2009, 09:15 AM
I think you are a bit harsh on Shirley, she was only passing on info that she recieved, she didn't start the rumour.

its ok Shirley, better to be safe than sorry!!:thumbs up

I agree totally with both of you...thanks for taking the time to post Shirley :thumbs up

Ford Girl
January 26th, 2009, 10:17 AM
I think the best part of tis thread is the link to Snopes. Its a greta site that I use often. You wouldnt believe the emails that have been circulating for years that are crap.

Thanks for the concern Shirley and thanks for posting the link to snopes Melinda.

bds1960to
January 26th, 2009, 12:53 PM
Regardless, never, ever let a pet near a surface that's been freshly cleaned until it's dry.

Love4himies
January 26th, 2009, 12:55 PM
Regardless, never, ever let a pet near a surface that's been freshly cleaned until it's dry.

Good advice, we never know what some chemicals may be doing to our pets and children.

Bina
January 26th, 2009, 02:03 PM
This is still a good reminder to be very, very careful with ALL cleaning products. :)

krdahmer
January 26th, 2009, 03:31 PM
I asked for a steam mop for xmas... and now that I've used one, I'll never go back to the swiffer (even when I used the swiffer I emptied out the solution they give you and used a hot water/vinegar solution instead)... always better to go au natural then to take chances with cleaners. And my guys I know frequently eat off of my floors so the less questionable stuff they ingest the better.

babymomma
January 26th, 2009, 04:41 PM
I still will not chance it, Considering that the source of info thats ays its safe was also posted on the internet. If that is ture is anyones guess. I am without a dioubt going to pass tht email on to family, especially my uncle.

browniesmom
January 26th, 2009, 04:49 PM
I think it's important to use as little chemicals as possible in the home. We clean with half water/half vinegar it disinfects Cleans good & is safe.

marko
January 26th, 2009, 04:54 PM
Given that this seems to be a hoax I have edited the thread title.

Still, we MUST be careful about the cleaning products we use around our children and our pets.

Thx
Marko

Stacer
January 26th, 2009, 05:57 PM
Despite being a hoax, I would imagine that swiffer or any regular household floor cleaner is not good for pets. This is the reason why I have absolutely no chemicals in my home.

Natural cleaning all the way!! I've got a really nice book of "recipes" for various cleaners and so far I've been able to keep my house as clean as when I used conventional chemical cleaners.

ancientgirl
January 26th, 2009, 08:23 PM
I asked for a steam mop for xmas... and now that I've used one, I'll never go back to the swiffer (even when I used the swiffer I emptied out the solution they give you and used a hot water/vinegar solution instead)... always better to go au natural then to take chances with cleaners. And my guys I know frequently eat off of my floors so the less questionable stuff they ingest the better.

I use the swiffer mop and I've been thinking about getting a steam cleaner too. do you just use water and that's it?

Sib.HuskyMom
January 26th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Regardless, never, ever let a pet near a surface that's been freshly cleaned until it's dry.

Don't most people wait until the floor is dry before letting their furry friends run across it anyway? If for no other reason, then to save the paw prints on a freshly cleaned floor? :rolleyes:

clm
January 26th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Glycol (sp), can be in a number of products, including bath products. Just like with kids, you have to control access to everything that could be ingested. Even using those air freshener sprays, you don't want the stuff dropping down into the pets food or water so be careful where you're spraying. Having so many pets and being so cautious when it comes to most chemical cleaners and sprays, not just for the pets health, but ours too, I tend to prefer things like vinegar and water for cleaning floors and surfaces in most instances and don't use air freshener sprays at all.

Cindy

luckypenny
January 26th, 2009, 09:17 PM
I won't use anything I can't easily rinse off. Normally we just use vinegar, water, and alcohol.

Even though it's a hoax, thanks for bringing it up Shirley. It's still chemicals and if there's a warning to keep it away from children and pets on the label, then I'd heed that warning. It's there for a reason.