It is an urban myth that the Swiffer Wet Jet cloths and cleaners are unsafe to use around your pets. According to the Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Swiffer is a safe product to use with pets around. The pervasive rumor that Swiffer Wet Jet products were harmful to pets was originally spread in the early 2000s by email. The claim was that the ingredients in the cleaning product caused a dog's death.
Swiffer Ingredients Are Safe to Use Around Pets
Veterinary toxicologists at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reviewed the claim described in the widely distributed email alleging a relationship between the use of Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaner and liver failure in a dog. In a press release in 2004, the ASPCA responded to the email allegations that exposure to the ingredients in Swiffer Wet Jet caused a dog's death, stating the chemical facts that, "The Swiffer Wet Jet system contains water (90 to 100 percent), propylene glycol n-propyl ether or propylene glycol n-butyl ether and isopropyl alcohol (1 to 4 percent)."
Toxicologists Break Down Product Concentrations
The ASPCA went on to explain that these ingredients are safe to use around pets when used according to label directions and do not cause liver damage at product concentrations. Toxicologists made the note that propylene glycol n-butyl/propyl ether differs significantly from ethylene glycol, the toxic ingredient in most antifreeze products that cause renal failure in dogs that drink antifreeze. Propylene glycol n-propyl ether and propylene glycol n-butyl ether are safe ingredients at levels used in cleaning products and do not cause kidney or liver failure.
Follow Recommended Label Directions
When you follow the label directions, Swiffer products are safe for use around pets.
The product's pads could be hazardous for pets if they eat the pad. Additionally, it is possible for your pet to consume a large amount of cleaning fluid, which could cause toxicity issues.
If your pet is experiencing problems, contact an animal poison control center immediately. The ASPCA's center for animal poison control is available 24 hours a day, but there may be a consultation fee involved. To get in touch, call 1-888-426-4435 or visit the website at www.aspca.org.
Keep an Eye on Your Pets
Although the ASPCA continues to monitor toxicology situations, it is important for you to protect your pets when using chemicals and products. Following the recommended label directions helps, but if your pet tends to chew or otherwise consume products around the house, it is recommended to keep an extra eye on your pet when you are using products and store them in a safe place when they aren't in use.