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SweetTsEarthlyDelights Posted - Feb 10 2011 : 4:09:29 PM
Well I had to share this because this was what is turning me around to using all natural products to clean my home.
I just purchased the Swifter Jet floor cleaner a couple of weeks back and cleaned my floors a couple of times. We noticed our dog licking the floors all of the time. Then when I had bathed him he started shedding pretty bad.
For some reason my boyfriend Jack said he has been doing that since you purchased that swifter. So we checked the ingredients. Well it does not tell you exactly what is in the product so I called the company and they had a message saying that the product was safe for pets so please ignore the rumors that it was unsafe. So we then goggled at and there where people saying that this product killed their dogs or caused liver damage. There are people who still said that it was a rumor.
Now I feel that if a company is confident in their product they would disclose the ingredients in the product.
Our dog is ok but I did throw out the liquid in the container and filled it with my own natural cleaner of water, basil oil and patchouli oil. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this?
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levisgrammy Posted - Aug 11 2019 : 2:59:40 PM
I use a Shark steamer that my dad bought for Christmas a few years ago. It does an amazing job with only water.
I use it on my ceramic tile as well as our wood floors.

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loribeck Posted - Aug 10 2019 : 7:29:27 PM
I am a huge animal advocate. If something is going to make my furbabies sick, I won't use it. I also have used the Swiffer and threw it away when I heard what it can do to dogs. I make my own floor cleaners now and use rags to wipe my floor up. I no longer buy any floor cleaner from the store, no matter how safe the package says it is for animals. I don't trust the big companies because all they want is for the costumer to continue buying the products. I also detest the fact that so many companies use animals to test their products. That just sickens me. I have an old mop that used to hold the wet mop wipes and I just put a rag on it instead of the wipes and clean my floor with my own cleaner.

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star-schipp Posted - Nov 20 2014 : 3:22:43 PM
I no longer use the Swiffer wet cloths since I am working on my Cleaning Up - Going Green badge. Now I use the Flylady mop with micro cloths. I got a big glass jar and filled it with water, a little Dr. Bronner's and a few drops of whichever essential oil I am in the mood for. I soak the cloths in the jar, wring out the cloths and attach them to the mop. It is working out really great!

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Rosemary Posted - May 16 2014 : 7:33:12 PM
If you have animals, be careful what you use on your floors. They get it on their paws, of course, and when they lick them, it gets ingested. I found this page online about Murphy's Oil Soap. Food for thought.
JerseyGirl Posted - May 13 2014 : 02:50:35 AM
I have Swiffer Dry, but I wash my floors with good old Murphy's Soap or sometimes Windex! I heard somewhere it was great for laminate floors and it is!
Dapple Grey Lady Posted - Nov 22 2013 : 06:30:17 AM
I had a problem with my dog getting sick after using one of those. She kept licking the floor too. It was like she could not get enough of it. Quit using it and she got better. Took awhile though.

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danyel Posted - Aug 04 2013 : 1:49:21 PM
Thank you for posting this! I read the post and now I have some idea why my cat has been licking the floor, I thought that we had spilled something on it! Most times I scrub it with a vinegar solution, any ideas on what I can clean it with if I am using my Swiffer for a quick pick up before company ?

Thank you from my four legged family members.


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teacups Posted - Apr 30 2013 : 05:12:09 AM
My new Swiffer vacuum that I posted about on the 21st has died already. Good thing that I only paid a little for it by stacking coupons. Still, it seems it was a waste of money. It did work great while it lasted.
MaggieMB Posted - Apr 21 2013 : 8:14:44 PM
I cut up an old fleece blanket into pads for my dry Swiffer and use a vinegar/water spray w/ it.
teacups Posted - Apr 20 2013 : 9:08:31 PM
I use my Swiffer with the dry pads, but I spray the floor with my own floor cleaner that I make. I saw an article about making your own pads out of old cloth diapers. When I run out of pads, I am going to do just that. I just bought the Swiffer vacuum. I love it. I will use the cloth diapers with it as well.
Rosemary Posted - Apr 20 2013 : 4:22:41 PM
Girlfriends, always check about claims like this. They say Swiffer WetJet does not have antifreeze in it*. Even so, I see no reason to buy the product when our own solutions (pardon the pun!) are so much less expensive, effective and reliably non-toxic.

texdane Posted - Apr 20 2013 : 07:30:54 AM
Oh, I see MaryJo posted a similar paragraph. I'm not the only one seeing this around.

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texdane Posted - Apr 20 2013 : 07:30:00 AM
I saw this post awhile ago. I, too, have switched to making my own cleaners. Always loved my swiffer, so I use the swiffer portion but not the refills. I knitted my own covers and use vinegar. Anyway, read recently somewhere, I think on Pinterest, that Swiffers wet have antifreeze in them. I don't know if that's true or a rumor, but if it is a dog or cat would be compelled to lick the floors and could be toxic or deadly. I don't want chemicals anymore in my home anyhow, so I use vinegar, dish soap and baking soda if I use my heavy mop.


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HodgeLodge Posted - Apr 16 2013 : 03:25:44 AM
Thanks for this information.

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TexasJo Posted - Apr 15 2013 : 9:43:51 PM
When my granddaughter was crawling she was visiting a family member who used a swiffer and her poor little arms turned red and she had an awful rash. I don't understand why they would make such an unsafe pruduct. Very sad actually.

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mjscanlan Posted - Mar 29 2013 : 05:56:14 AM
I clean houses and was told by several clients that the wet swifter products contain anti-freeze and that is why pets lick it. It can kill your pets if they ingest enough of it. The pets are attracted to it because it is sweet to them. I continue to use the dry sheets because they work awesome but I never use the wet ones.

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Rosemary Posted - Mar 28 2013 : 7:48:39 PM
Linda, if you use a plain Swiffer without the cleaner they sell to use with it, you can totally control any dangers. As I've posted before, I just use washcloths instead of the Swiffer pads, and use either white vinegar with them. I'm also using a steam mop with success, and you'll see quite a few comments in this thread about them. They kill germs, and so a very thorough job of cleaning any kind of floor. Some models even have attachments for carpeting. If you're super-fussy about toxicity, you might want to look into them.
MtnGrlByTheBay Posted - Mar 28 2013 : 10:23:36 AM
Just like people having sensitivities, animals can too. I've used a swiffer for years, and have always had 3-5 dogs, a cat and 2 kids at any given time. No problems at all.

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wooliespinner Posted - Mar 22 2013 : 1:51:50 PM
Bumping up this thread. Someone had mentioned they could not find it and wanted to know the dangers behind using swiffer cleaner.


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SRhea Posted - Oct 12 2011 : 07:08:18 AM
I have heard there are ingredients in the Swiffer cleaner that kills dogs and is harmful for children. I think the steam mop is the way to go.
thebyrdhaus Posted - Oct 12 2011 : 06:29:07 AM
I recycle sweat shirts into covers for my swiffer and use it with my own cleaning solution or use it dry. I love my swiffer MY WAY! And when someone throws their swiffer in the trash, I am there to pick it up, clean it up and re-gift it with some recycled swiffer covers made by me.

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MaggieMB Posted - May 16 2011 : 8:32:15 PM
Farmdream, that is such a great idea! I just bought a little piece of fleece to make swiffer pads with. Never even thought of using washcloths! I use mine for dusting under furniture, etc.
FarmDream Posted - May 16 2011 : 4:32:54 PM
I attach a regular wash cloth to my old swiffer and use a spray bottle of water and vinegar. I like it for the small areas like the laundry room.

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dena beans Posted - Apr 19 2011 : 7:29:20 PM
Wow..thanks so much for this thread...I had no clue. Our dog has suffered from hot spots and this kinda has me wondering...some days I feel like I have so much to learn!

Rosemary Posted - Apr 09 2011 : 5:40:31 PM
Sounds like you got a real deal, Mary :-) Let us know how it holds up.

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