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Post# 445875   9/10/2021 at 16:01 (742 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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My stepmom brought this carpet powder over from her old house a few years ago, when she moved in with my family. It is still sealed, unopened and very dusty on the outside.

The S.C. Johnson product, which is copyrighted 1998, "penetrates deep into carpet fibers to kill dust mites." I used Google to find out more about it, and found a news article from early 2000 where AllerCare products were making people, especially small children, sick. One family even had to pay S.C. Johnson to come in and completely strip their home of anything contaminated with AllerCare. Soon afterward, all AllerCare products were recalled and pulled off the market.

I know this sounds trivial, but should I open and use this powder, or just throw it away?


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Post# 445960 , Reply# 1   9/13/2021 at 10:37 (739 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I know

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"I'd" never use it.

Post# 445971 , Reply# 2   9/13/2021 at 13:53 (739 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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That would be a hard pass from me also

Post# 445974 , Reply# 3   9/13/2021 at 14:25 (739 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It very well may be a

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HEALTH HAZARD, plus, it sounds like vacuum nightmare.

Post# 446025 , Reply# 4   9/14/2021 at 15:24 (738 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        
Throw it away!

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I would absolutely NOT use any of that stuff for alot of reasons! The BEST way to kill dust mites is to hire someone with a truckmount steam cleaner to professionally carpet clean your carpets because the heat of the water would instantly kill the dust mites.

Post# 446041 , Reply# 5   9/15/2021 at 00:44 (737 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The higher suction power of the truckmount cleaner will pull whatever dust mights are embedded in the carpet--Truckmount machine suction----200CFM at 300"!The suction pump is run by a 32 Hp diesel Kubota motor.Twin lobe pump.The motor also heats the clean solution and runs the solution pump.You get your truckmount rig to work off the same fuel as the trucks motor.

Post# 446075 , Reply# 6   9/15/2021 at 13:58 (737 days old) by vacuumman (California)        

If the powder made people sick, I wouldn't risk using it. Just keep it sealed as a historical item or something.

Post# 447775 , Reply# 7   11/11/2021 at 19:59 (679 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        
Hey guys

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Just wanted to say that I simply got rid of this AllerCare powder the other day. My stepmom was cleaning the garage, looking for chemicals to get rid of, and I informed her that the AllerCare was recalled. I then tossed it in the trash, as it had no historical significance to her or I.

Before I put my garbage can out to the curb for the week, I opened the AllerCare powder out of curiosity. Sure enough, it's ultrafine and has an overpowering fragrance! So I just dumped it all into a trash bag for its final farewell.

Post# 449856 , Reply# 8   2/3/2022 at 20:21 (595 days old) by SophiaQ (Tampa)        

If it is still of current interest. To get rid of dust mites I hire professionals with a truckmount to clean my carpet. But for my sofas and bed, I got a special vacuum cleaner instead of using special chemicals. Hope this is helpful


Post# 449866 , Reply# 9   2/4/2022 at 01:19 (595 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Well that was a stupid thing to do, should have sold it on eBay. People collect and buy old cleaning chemicals all the time.

Just in November someone sold that same bottle for $20.

Just because it is recalled does not mean it is dangerous. I have many vacuums that were recalled 20-30 years ago for motor fires and electrical failures. Have they? No! It's just blind paranoia.

That story right off the bat is just purely 100% bad parenting and lazy parenting that caused the kids injury. She dumped the dust onto the furniture and carpet then let her kids play around in the same room on the same furniture and let them roll around in the chemical. They got the powder on their hands and on their face and into their eyes. What do you think would happen? You can get the exact same effect by using fertilizer on your lawn on a windy day or failing to wash your hands before touching your face after handling it. They also seemed to have underlying allergies to the fragrance blend in the deodorizer, which is not uncommon in any circumstance. Same reason people get allergic to certain types of stick deodorant or even shaving cream. What SC Johnson did was purely and solely damage control to stop any bad PR.

There is absolutely no danger in using this product. None. I would have used it no problem. Remember - being hyper-paranoid of everything is more deadly than whatever thing you are afraid of to begin with.

Post# 449938 , Reply# 10   2/7/2022 at 15:58 (592 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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Wow, I had no idea there was quite a market for old cleaning chemicals! I really should've considered that instead of just throwing that powder away. Oh well, there was quite a bit of dust on the exterior of the bottle.

Although there may have been no danger in using AllerCare, I'm certain that any vacuum, particularly a Fantom from that time period would have been demolished by it.

I, myself, don't have any recalled vacuums in my collection. But I'm always leery of using carpet powder with ANY type of vacuum, as it is ultrafine and can clog bags and filters. A few months ago, I used Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator on my upstairs carpet. I vacuumed it up with my cordless Oreck, and the smell was SO overpowering! It lingered a few days after using the powder. As one Amazon reviewer put it, the powder "smells like an explosion at the perfume factory."

So for those reasons, I prefer to stay away from carpet deodorizing powder when possible. If I really needed to use powder, I would go with Dyson Zorb, as its sawdust-like consistency won't cause my DC17 Animal to clog.

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