So… I need a new mop. The kids little corner of the kitchen pretty much needs a cleaning every day. My mop right now is pretty yucky and I often wonder if I’m doing any good by using it if I’m just swishing around the dirty water. I have heard and read many recommendations of the Swiffer WetJet.. but something in the back of my mind always stopped me from getting one, and when I gave it some thought, I remembered “the email”. The one I have received several times, warning you that the liquid used in the Swiffer WetJet can be lethal to animals and small children in ingested. It tells a story of a poor German Shepherd who actually dies of liver failure, and it’s traced back to the WetJet. German Shepherds are close to my heart, so at the time, that was enough to stop me from buying one. I’m at the point now where I NEED a good mop, so I did a little research and what I found at www.snopes.com basically says that those emails are a hoax.
This is from the ASPCA website:
“I just got an email informing me that Swiffer Wet Jet contains antifreeze, and has caused liver problems in animals. Is this true?
Absolutely not! The Swiffer Wet Jet system contains 90- to 100-percent water, propylene glycol n-butyl ether or propylene glycol n-propyl ether, and isopropyl alcohol (1 to 4 percent). These ingredients are safe to use around pets when used according to label directions, and would not cause liver damage at product concentrations. Propylene glycol n-butol/propyl ether differs significantly from ethylene glycol, the potentially toxic ingredient present in most antifreeze products that can cause kidney, not liver, failure.
It is important to note that not all information sent via email or posted on the Internet is necessarily accurate. It’s always a good idea to verify any information regarding pet health concerns with a veterinary professional.”
And this is from the Swiffer Website:
Is Swiffer safe for animals? What if my pet licks the floor or his paws?
Your pet will be fine if it licks its paws after walking on a newly wet floor mopped with WetJet or Wet cloths. You can always offer water or milk to help remove the perfume taste from your pet’s mouth. But even drinking large amounts of the Swiffer solution would not be expected to cause more than temporary and minor intestinal upset.
So there you have it. I have to wonder, who has time to come up with lame stories to circulate around the internet? I’m wondering, how many of you have gotten this email?
It’s rainy today so I skipped our trip to the farmer’s market but, Todd is on VACATION for a week (can you believe it!) since his parents will be in town, so we may take a little family trip to Babies R Us to get the kiddos some new shoes with their Valentine’s presents (from Aunt Sheri and Uncle Kevin- thanks!) I have some cute pictures from this morning that hopefully I will get to post later. Have a good Sunday!