What Are the Chemical Contents of Swiffer Floor Cleaner?
Although mops and buckets are the traditional tools for cleaning the floor, they consume a great deal of space and are often more heavy duty than the job requires.
Swiffers Sweepers use a low-profile design that automatically dispenses cleaner to remove dust and dirt from tile or wood in a faster and more space-friendly way. This cleaning solution contains chemicals that break down grime and adhere to dust.
Known in chemistry as the universal solvent, water dissolves more substances including dirt, grime and grease, than any other liquid. Because of this, Swiffer cleaning solution is 90 percent water. This water interacts with dirt, chemically absorbing particles and elements like a sponge. The water content in the Swiffer WetJet cleaning solution is similar to tap water and not dangerous to humans or animals. Additionally, the water in the cleaning solution helps dilute other chemicals which could present a danger in their pure forms.
Both N-Propyl Ether and N-Butyl Ether are used in Swiffer WetJet cleaner in low doses. Combined, these chemicals make up less than 1 to 3 percent of the cleaning solution. While perfectly safe when applied to the kitchen floor, ether can cause severe liver damage when consumed in large quantities. Prevent any chance of contamination by keeping pets and infants away from the Swiffer during use and away from floors that are still wet with the cleaning solutions.
Commonly used as a degreaser and cleaning agent, isopropyl alcohol also evaporates quickly into the air. This gives Swiffer WetJet cleaning solution the ability to dry quickly and leave fewer streaks or marks than other cleaners. While this chemical can be flammable in high concentrations, it makes up less than 1 percent of the Swiffer cleaning solution and is not a fire hazard in this trace amount.
Ammonia is a common cleaning solution used to degrease, lift stains and dissolve tough buildup on counters and floors. This cleaning agent is also highly toxic and, in great concentration, can hinder respiration. Swiffer WetJet solution contains about 0.03 percent ammonia, which is far below the level dangerous to humans or animals when applied to the floor. Prevent ingestion of ammonia by keeping children and pets clear of the Swiffer while in use.
Sean Russell has been writing since 1999 and has contributed to several magazines, including "Spin" and "Art Nouveau." When not writing, Sean helps maintain community gardens in Silver Lake and Echo Park, California. Russell also worked extensively on the restoration and rejuvenation of public parks in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi after damage from 2004-2005 hurricanes.