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Got this from another forum I frequent...

Take this for what it is worth. I use this product and plan to stop
it immediately. I'll stick to steam from now on.

From a Pennsylvania rescue list::

I recently had a neighbor who had to have their 5-year old German
Shepherd dog put down due to liver failure. The dog was completely healthy until
a few weeks ago, so 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 anitfreeze is one of the ingredients. (actually he was told it's a
compound which is one molecule away from anitfreeze).

Therefore, just by the dog walking on the floor cleaned with the
solution, then licking it's own paws, and the dog eating from its dishes which
were kept on the kitchen floor cleaned with this product, 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 so they don't lose their animals."

:x I hope these companies wouldn't be selling something like that without putting a larger warning on the label. I e-mailed clorox because I have the clorox ready mop. But I looked on both websites and this was in the Q & A sections...


"Q: Is the Advanced Floor Cleaner safe for children and pets?
A: The Advanced Floor Cleaner can be used to clean areas frequented by children or pets. As with all cleaning products, the Clorox Ready Mop should be kept out of the reach of children. "


"Safe for animals?
Question - Is Swiffer safe for animals? What if my pet licks the floor?
Answer - Great news for you and your pets! Swiffer Wet and Swiffer WetJet are specially designed to not leave a residue on the floor, so there's no need to rinse. We suggest you make sure the floor is completely dry before letting your pet walk on it, though, because wet floors can be slippery. Since there isn't a residue, there are no problems if your pet licks the floor.
No more worrying about the owner of those muddy paw prints. You can enjoy the convenience of our Swiffer products without any worries for your pet's safety."

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Thanks for bringing it to our attention! Will definitely follow up on this, I was wondering about the WetJet, since I use it.

One aside, but related: I have also read some posts elsewhere that the chemicals in carpet steam cleaners can also be lethal to pets, so heads up not to let your pets walk on the carpet until it's fully dry.

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Oh, cool!!!! Thanks for following up on this for us, very good to know. I like my WetJet too.

Unfortunately, my carpet cleaner warnings are true, firsthand posts from pet owners on another board.
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