Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Product Sort-of Endorsement

I was going to write a serious and probably seditious post tonight in honor of Patriots Day, in which I explore whether we (the U.S.) might have been wise to hold off on the American Revolution.

Instead, I am writing to tell you about the "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser". Recent roommate-moving-in activity has led to many ugly black scuff marks on my hallway walls. Actually I have no idea how they managed to create this mess; it looks rather like they put Indy cars sideways on the walls and "peeled out", or perhaps dragged blocks of coal back and forth. Anyway, ordinary cleaning products had no effect, and I had resigned myself to undertaking a paint job.

Then at the market I spied "Mr. Clean Magic Erasers", touted as a cure for "ugly black scuff marks". Also they carried the irresistible slogan, "Imagine the cleaning possibilities!" So I bought two ($2.99US). And, fact, they are magical. Bright white walls are back.

They are a bit strange. They are like white sponges, which slowly dissolve as you use them. Also, they turn the water in your bucket white. But it did not cross my mind that they might actually be poisonous, until I looked at the Mr. Clean website itself and found a page called "Get The Truth On Mr. Clean Magic Eraser". There, to paraphrase, I found the following information:

1) The reports that our product is dangerous and contains formaldehyde are false.
2) Sure, they contain formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer, but that is NOT the same as formaldehyde.
3) Well, okay. To be fully honest, "it is possible that formaldehyde may be present in minute, trace amounts" [direct quotation] but that shouldn't bother you. You can actually eat the stuff, no problem. But don't, because you might choke on it.

Sort of amusing, no? Anyway, the next time I use the Magic Eraser (and it will be soon) I may wear rubber gloves. And if I eat it, I'm going to wrap it in Saran wrap first.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suffocating on the Saran Wrap is such an improvement... LOL.

4/18/06, 8:33 PM  
Blogger Katinka said...

Hmm...I have an unopened package of something similar; "Scotch-Brite Easy Erasing Pad"...although this one alludes to the possibility that it could also be used on dishes, but not for aquariums.

But who doesn't need a few more carcinogens in their diet anyway?

4/20/06, 10:26 PM  
Blogger pgbloggerAngie said...

I am from the Mr. Clean team and I would like to provide the facts about Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in response to some recent postings. A false rumour has been circulating on the Internet about the safety of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Let me first reassure you that all Mr. Clean products are safe and pose no health risks or safety concerns when used as directed. Please help us stop this false rumour about the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser by forwarding these facts to your family and friends.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser facts:
Formaldehyde is not and has never been an ingredient in Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
The ingredients in Mr. Clean Magic Eraser have been safely and commonly used for many years in a wide range of household products.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser has been mistakenly associated as containing formaldehyde because one of its ingredients contained the word 'formaldehyde' in its chemical name (formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer). However, this ingredient is not formaldehyde. Think of this name like "sodium chloride", which is table salt. Sodium by itself can be dangerous, but sodium chloride (table salt) is safe.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser has not been and is not being banned from any stores.

Product safety is very important to us. We appreciate the opportunity to share the facts about the safety of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with you. We hope that you find this information reassuring and that you will continue to enjoy using Mr. Clean Magic Eraser like millions of other households in North America. Please help us stop this false rumour by forwarding these facts to your family and friends. If you have any further questions, please contact us at 1-800-277-4463 or through our website at www.mrclean.ca.

11/17/06, 12:25 PM  

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