The Swiffer Wetjet

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You may have already tried the Swiffer® WetJet®.

It is an all-in-one, ready-to-use system that quickly and easily cleans floors.

The prediluted cleaning solution cleans through tough dirt.

Then, the disposable, super-absorbent pad absorbs and traps the dirt.

Your floor is not only clean, but it also dries in moments. And with just a flip of a mop, you can easily scrub tough or ground-in spots or messes using the scrubbing head.

It is very handy for use in a cattery situation.

There's no bucket or scrub brush!

The Cleaning Solution

The Swiffer WetJet cleaning solution comes

  • Multipurpose Floor Cleaner
  • Wood Floor Cleaner
  • Antibacterial Cleaning formulas

The Rumor

In late 2003/early 2004, a rumor started going around that the Swiffer WetJet poses a general danger to household pets.

The rumor that Swiffer posed a health problem for cats is UNTRUE.
All Swiffer products are safe to use around pets.

An anonymous message told a story of the death a neighbor's dog and that neighbor's housekeeper's two cats... and the blame was being placed on the Swiffer!

There were claims that the cleaning agent used with the Swiffer WetJet is "antifreeze" or "a compound which is one molecule away from".

The Truth

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.

Although ethylene glycol is commonly used in antifreeze and de-icing solutions and has been identified as posing a danger to pets, the compound listed in the WetJet MSDS, propylene glycol, is a distinctly different substance.

Propylene glycol is also an ingredient used in many, many different brands and types of household cleaning products, so if it 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.

Label Warning

The labeling on all the the Swiffer WetJet Power Mop with Jet-Action Sprayer, the Wood Floor Cleaner, the Multi-Purpose Cleaner, and the Cleaning Pad Refill reads:

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.

Only the warning carried on the Antibacterial Cleaner solution is 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."

No Swiffer product carries a warning cautioning users
that its toxicity might pose a danger to children or pets

Residue

Swiffer Wet and Swiffer WetJet are specially designed to not leave a residue on the floor. Since there isn't a residue, there are no problems if your pet licks the floor.

Conclusion

All Swiffer products are safe to use around pets.

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.

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