Evidently, Swiffer Wet Jet cleaning solution contains polypropylene glycol, a substance just one molecule away from antifreeze. According to Chrissy Pistone there is enough residual cleanser for a canine to ingest it from walking across the freshly mopped floor and licking its paws after she cleans with her Swiffer. Her story on Facebook cites a dog and two cats dying from liver cancers directly connected to this cleanser. As a chemist, I believe her.
I was recently made aware that the ASPCA and Snopes refute my findings on this issue. Oddly, the MSDS, Manufacturer Safety Data Sheet, on Polypropylene Glycol N-Butyl Ether (the main ingredient in the cleaner solution) cannot be found on the official website. A web search resolving around a near cousin gives an MSDS with says it is “highly toxic” to animals and that it attacks the Central Nervous System in humans, without any explanation as to exactly what is meant by this blanket comment. I am leaving this advisory posted as written because I am convinced that Swiffer Wet Jet cleanser is dangerous to pets and people. (Dec. 10, 2018)
Your pets and young children live at the bottom of a chemical pyramid around your home. Everything travels downward to your floors and the ground outside. As seen here, it isn’t enough to read what warnings may or may not be listed on a product, you must take a global approach to maintain a healthy environment. This not only means to educate yourself, but to be open to all possibilities of events.
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