There They Go Again
The SC Johnson Company is at it again with its attempt to sell more products. Recently I was at Sam's Club and what did I see - Pledge Dust & Allergen Furniture Polish. SC Johnson has been making cleaning products for decades and to their credit they have provided us with some very good cleaning products for our homes. Does the Pledge Dust & Allergen Furniture Polish pass the test?
Pledge Dust & Allergen Polish is a furniture polish that leads you to believe that it will aid you in your personal battle with allergies. This product consists of (4) ingredients in different quantities. I will list the ingredients, translate what the ingredient is, and what is the weight percentage per aerosol can that you purchase. Most of this information is available at SC Johnson's website under Material Safety Data Sheet.
1). Silicones: also known as a plastic adhesive and also used in dry cleaning solvents. The percentage of weight is 5-10%.
2). Hydrocarbon propellant blend: Propellant should be the clue. It is what gives you the ability to spray it on the furniture. The percentage of weight is 7-13%.
3). Isoparrafinic hydrocarbon solvent: This too is a cleaning solvent used in dry cleaning. The percentage of weight is 5-10%.
4). Water. Percentage of weight is 65-80%. In other words, most of what you are buying is water.
One of the Health Hazards listed on the MSDS report is the following "Aspiration into the lungs may cause severe health effects". If this isn't a red flag then I don't know what is. No where on the product label, MSDS report, or the website does Pledge demonstrate how this benefits me and my allergy symptoms. They do talk about how household dust is a common problem for people with allergies and they are correct. And yes, removing household dust will remove the "triggers" that set off your allergy symptoms. Since the product is over 60% water why not spritzer on a little water on your dust rag next time and save yourself some money.
I would like to point out that neither Pledge nor its parent company, SC Johnson, make any claims that this product will solve your allergy problems. My personal opinion that this is more about marketing a product than it is about real allergy relief.
This is one product I will leave on the shelf. If you have questions about this article give me a call at (916) 525-2456.