Those yellow sponges with the green plastic fibers on
the back for scrubbing
pots -- "Pot Scrubbers"- should be kept far away from our birds, fish,
cats and dogs, hamsters and whatever. Proctor & Gamble, in its
search to make America look clean and smell great, has a new "improved"
version of the sponge on the market that kills odor causing fungi that
get in the
sponge after a few uses. They make a big deal out of this innovation on
outside packaging. A friend of mine used one of these sponges to clean
glass on a 200 gallon aquarium. The abrasive backs are good for removing
algae and smutz that collect on the inside of the tank. He refilled the
after the water had time to condition and rid itself of chlorine, he
his tropical fish collection of some 30 fish. Within five hours of
putting the fish
back in the tank, they were all dead!
Some began to die after only 30 minutes. He removed the
survivors to another
tank but they all died. Retracing his steps to clean the tank, the only
was different was using that new kind of sponge -- he'd used the regular
Pot Scrubbers for years. Lo and behold I discovered on the back of the
packaging in about the finest print you could put on plastic, a
description of the
fungicide (Triclosan) in the sponge and the warning in tiny boldface
"Not for use in aquariums. Keep away from other pets."
Thanks for the warning Proctor & Gamble.
It seems the fungicide is a derivative of the systemic
2-4-D, more popularly known as Agent Orange, the chemical we sprayed all
over Southeast Asian during the Vietnam War that many veterans and war
refugees say did them permanent damage to their lungs and nervous
The package warning goes on to say they fungicide cannot be washed from
the sponge even if it is placed in the dishwasher (in which case Agent
is now all over your dishes and drinking glasses). And, if you think
it's there to
kill disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella from contaminated chicken
think again -- it's not an effective enough bactericide to kill those
kind of bugs.
By the way, the same chemical in the sponge (Triclosan), is used now in
of those popular antibacterial, anti viral disinfectant liquid soaps
Antibacterial dishwashing soap) and hand cleaners that are flooding the
Here is more: http://www.quantexlabs.com/page0004.htm
Febreze Is Dangerous to Pets! There have been multiple
instances of dogs
and birds who have died or became very ill after being exposed to
Febreze contains zinc chloride, which is very dangerous
for animals. Please
do not use Febreze anywhere near your pets! If you have used it near
pets or on their bedding, clean the bedding/area thoroughly to remove
Febreze, and move the animals away from the area. Please pass this
information on to other pet owners/caretakers, before more animals are
or killed, and find a safer method of odor control.
Febreze: This product is marketed as something that
removes odors without
covering them up. However, there is a strong smell to it, but worse than
Febreze contains zinc chloride. Many birds have already been killed
product was used in any proximity to them whatsoever, and some dogs have
also died. Other dogs have become ill without dying. This product is
as safe around animals, and people have sprayed their dogs' bedding to
remove the doggy smell, only to discover later on that their dog became
ill from it. There is one dog who lost most of her hair after being
sprayed with some Febreze, though this particular incident also had a
factor involved (diet change). The Febreze bottle, as of December 1998,
picture on the back of a dog, which leads some people to believe it's
safe to use
in their bedding.
PLEASE READ AND FORWARD THIS
WARNING TO PEOPLE WITH PETS!!!!!!!!
This is from a friend of mine at UVA - her dog died and
this is what the vet had
to say. If you have a cat or bird, FEBREZE (odor spray) is TOXIC!!!!
been confirmed by a vet. It will kill your animal. A friend's dog died
tedly and the vet strongly suspects this product as well.
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