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Swiffer Wetjet, True or Not Anybody Else Know?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
For those of you with animals......This was passed on to me by a friend...it’s really scary

I recently had a neighbor who had their 5-year old German shepherd dog put down due to liver failure. The dog was completely healthy until a few weeks ago. They had a necropsy done to see what the cause was. The liver levels were unbelievable, as if the dog had ingested poison of some kind.

The dog is kept inside, and when he's outside, someone's with him, so the idea of him getting into something unknown was hard to believe.

My neighbor started going through all the items in the house. When he got to the Swiffer Wetjet, he noticed, in very tiny print, a warning which stated "may be harmful to small children and animals." He called the company to ask what the contents of the cleaning agent are and was astounded to find out that antifreeze is one of the ingredients. (Actually he was told it's a compound which is one molecule away from antifreeze).

Therefore, just by the dog walking on the floor cleaned with the solution, then licking its own paws, it ingested enough of the solution to destroy its liver. Soon after his dog's death, his housekeepers' two cats also died of liver failure.

They both used the Swiffer Wetjet for quick cleanups on their floors.

Necropsies weren't done on the cats, so they couldn't file a lawsuit, but he asked that we spread the word to as many people as possible.

EVEN IF YOU DO NOT OWN A PET PLEASE FORWARD THIS ON!
post #2 of 25
I saw this email come around a few years back, back when WetJet first started.

It's an Urban Legend.
post #3 of 25
I have heard of this, but I don't know if it's true or not. I don't use that swiffer thing because I like a good old mop and bucket
But I have heard of this a year ago or so, I can't remember who it was who told me....but it seemed more like gossip to me at the time. I guess it wasn't.
post #4 of 25
Luckily, this is an urban legend.
post #5 of 25
I sure hope it is an urban legend!!

I use that stuff on my floor!
post #6 of 25
It's false
post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well I'm glad it is just hooey but I still think those things are just a silly waste of money. IMO
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by Miss Mew
I sure hope it is an urban legend!!

I use that stuff on my floor!

Scary! But glad it isn't true
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
Well I'm glad it is just hooey but I still think those things are just a silly waste of money. IMO
Bite your tongue! Those things are what keep my bathroom floors clean ... ish.
post #10 of 25
They are wonderful!
I would die without my wetjet.
To me, regular mops well, they just suck, besides, after the intial mop, you're only spreading dirty mop water.
post #11 of 25
Yeah no guff, especially once the rainy season starts and the dogs track in with their muddy paws.
post #12 of 25
I love all the Swiffer products, and I've used both the Swiffer Wetjet and the plain Swiffer cleaning pads on my floors, so I'm really glad it's not true.
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
Ok I stand corrected
My Head bloody but unbowed.
(I still think they are a waste of money though)
post #14 of 25
I can only use vinegar and water on my floors anyhow!!
post #15 of 25
I love swiffer products!!
So glad that its not true, they work wonderfully!
post #16 of 25
I think, with all the swiffer products I own, I'm sending Mr. and Mrs. Swiffer on a caribbean vacation this year! LOL!

The wet jet is great for my wood floors and the carpet flick is AWESOME in the cat room, which is carpeted, for getting up pieces of litter, food, and hair, without having to drag out the vaccuum and scare the bejesus out of the kitties.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by babyharley
I love swiffer products!!
So glad that its not true, they work wonderfully!
Me too. I use the WetJet and the Sweep+Vac one.

The best place to check to see if something like that is true or not is Snopes.
Usually things that float around in emails aren't true, but I always check there first. I wonder who starts these rumors. Other mop/broom companies? Hehe.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by OllyExtra05
I think, with all the swiffer products I own, I'm sending Mr. and Mrs. Swiffer on a caribbean vacation this year! LOL!

The wet jet is great for my wood floors and the carpet flick is AWESOME in the cat room, which is carpeted, for getting up pieces of litter, food, and hair, without having to drag out the vaccuum and scare the bejesus out of the kitties.
I saw the carpet flick advertised on TV, but I haven't seen it sold in stores in my area yet. How does it compare to using a carpet sweeper for between vacuuming touch ups?
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Lorie D.
I saw the carpet flick advertised on TV, but I haven't seen it sold in stores in my area yet. How does it compare to using a carpet sweeper for between vacuuming touch ups?
Its much easier, and more efficient, IMO. It has a sticky thing that slides into the bottom which picks up all the little pieces of crud and then flicks them into the thing. Its not going to get stains out of carpet or really deep dirt but its great at getting pieces of litter, cat food, tiny little cat hair tumbleweeds and the like.
I also recently dumped the entire contents of my pencil sharpener on my office floor like an idiot and it grabbed up all those little shavings as well.

I'm in love, and I want to marry it, but that's just me
post #20 of 25
i love my swifer...i wont let steve touch it lol...
post #21 of 25
Ohhh, so glad it's not true!
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by GailC
I can only use vinegar and water on my floors anyhow!!
Sorry, I use a steam cleaner at home, in part because I'm allergic to most cleaning products. I was at my mom's in August, and scrubbed the kitchen and bathroom floors with plain old vinegar and water. My mom was like, "The floors have really come up well! What in the world did you use?" I think she's going to switch to vinegar and water now.
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
I never used that on the floor but I like vinegar and water for glass.
post #24 of 25
we've been using swiffer wetjet ever since we had our 2 poodles which was definitly a long time ago. Our dogs died of old age and well obviously the cat is still living..so it's definitly false.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by evnshawn
Luckily, this is an urban legend.
i'm glad, too - i had also heard it, & watched mine carefully after i used it. they had no symptoms whatsoever! no licking the floor (which if it had tasted good, they would've, the little kitty-pigs!) so i figured we were ok.
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