Safe for home products
Proctor and Gamble, the company that makes those simple products to make your life a whole lot easier is being sued, again. First it was the allegation that their company logo had a hidden devil inside it and then it was that sodium lauryl sulfate was accused of killing pets because it contained “toxic” zinc chloride. They’ve seen it all is my assumption. Now they’re back in the courts again for their ‘Swiffer Wetjet’ product. This is a product that allows a moistened cloth to be attached to a broomstick for easy cleaning. Emails fill the internet with the allegation that pets, once exposed to the residue the ‘Swiffer Wetjet’ leaves behind, are perishing. Straight nonsense!
Your Pets Are Safe
I’m going to back Proctor and Gamble not because I am a supporter of huge corporations but because I am a huge supporter of good science. It grinds my gears when people with no scientific background make preposterous scientific claims. Whether it is all the evil artificial sweeteners cause or all the healthful causes dietary supplements bring.
The email does not mention any specific details such as where the death of the dog occurred or how long after, so it’s not possible to check out the story. But let’s just say, a dog somewhere out there did die after walking on a mopped floor, we cannot conclude that solvent residue was responsible. The two events could be entirely unrelated. According to the email, an autopsy was performed on the dead dog and liver damage was documented. Propylene glycol n-propyl ether, used in the Swiffer product, is then mentioned to be the culprit. The claim “this is one molecule away from antifreeze”, which is known to be deadly to animals, is made.
The Nitty Gritty
First off, the only noted antifreeze that is dangerous to dogs is ethylene glycol. Yes, there have been cases where dogs have fallen sick or died after licking up the spills of antifreeze as their owners replenished their radiator fluids. However, ethylene glycol, causes kidney damage not liver damage. But that’s beside the point, the claim that propylene glycol n-propyl ether is one molecule away from antifreeze is sheer nonsense. Propylene glycol, which is also used as antifreeze, has a similar molecular structure as ethylene glycol. It’s not one molecule apart however; it just has 1 extra carbon and 3 hydrogens. That difference actually makes it a safer substance! Furthermore, Swiffer doesn’t even CONTAIN propylene glycol, instead it has propylene glycol n-propyl ether, a completely different substance. And even furthermore, the Swiffer mop contains mostly water with mix of propylene glycol n-propyl ether at a maximum of only 4%. And finally, the mop reabsorbs the entire residue so almost nothing is left on the floor.
Proctor and Gamble has to come out with a product that can Swiff and quarantine the nonsense you hear on the internet easily.
Do you use Swiffer or any other house hold products? What are your safety concerns?