Is the Swiffer wet jet solution safe for floors with pets
Is Swiffer WetJet floor cleaning products safe for use around children and pets? Question: There has been an internet email going around -- regarding the
The two most common compounds found in antifreeze and deicing 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.
Just recently, I purchased a Swiffer WetJet. Before I have even gotten to use it I hear rumors that it can kill small pets. Proctor and Gamble's website states it is safe, but I want to see if anyone has any other information on this.
Is the Swiffer WetJet harmful to dogs and other household pets
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According to an FAQ on their website, the makers of the Swiffer Wetjet say the product is safe for pets and does not leave residue on the floor. They also say that the product does not contain antifreeze or any ingredient similar to it.Water (90% - 100%) Propylene Glycol n-Propyl Ether (1% - 4%) Isopropyl Alcohol (1% - 4%) Minor Ingredients ( Preservatives ( 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. 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. * The claims that the cleaning agent used with the Swiffer WetJet is"antifreeze" or "a compound which is one molecule away from" something else arequite similar to a number of other alarmist scares we've seen (such as oneabout margarine) and are indicative of an uninformed writer's makingunwarranted assumptions. According to P&G's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), most of the cleaningfluid used in the Swiffer WetJet system is water (somewhere between 90 and 100percent), with propylene glycol n-propyl ether and isopropyl alcohol making upbetween 1 and 4 percent each, and the remainder of the solution composed ofminor ingredients and preservatives. Although ethylene glycol is commonly used in antifreeze and deicing solutionsand has been identified as posing a danger to pets, the compound listed in theWetJet MSDS, propylene glycol, is a distinctly different substance. Propyleneglycol is also sometimes used in antifreeze solutions, but it is much saferthan ethylene glycol — it has been classified by the Food and DrugAdministration (FDA) as an additive that is "generally recognized as safe" foruse in food, it is found in a variety of medicines and cosmetics, and it isrecommended as a safe alternative to antifreeze for pet owners. Propyleneglycol is also an ingredient used in many, many different brands and types ofhousehold cleaning products, so if it truly posed a significant risk of causingfatal liver damage in cats and dogs, we should be hearing about many more petdeaths 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 themessage quoted above.