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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mr. Clean Magic Sponge Fact or Fiction

This is a recent email I received from a friend... any truth to this do you think? I will continue to post these types of emails here... I received one recently about red lipstick containing lead. And of course the one about the 4 yr old boy's Croc shoe getting stuck in an escalator.

Please pass this on to all the little one's parents in your area. Ok, I'm sending this out to everyone so they don't make the same mistake I made. I'm so embarrassed that this happened but I want you all to be aware of what can happen. This was caused by a magic eraser sponge. I have let both kids erase their crayon marks off the walls and never even thought the sponges would have this kind of chemical in them that would cause this kind of burn or even hurt them. Learn from my mistake. You can't even imagine how bad I feel that this happened to Kolby. Pass this along to anyone who has kids or grandchildren.

The email continues... but I gather you get the point.


Susan b said...

I saw your recent blog posting regarding Mr. Clean and the injuries that a young boy allegedly sustained from using Magic Eraser on his skin. I know you are concerned about protecting your family and friends so it is important that you have accurate information about Mr. Clean Magic Eraser products.

First, let me assure you that Magic Erasers do not contain any materials that could result in chemical burns. When used as directed on hard surfaces, the cleaning effects of Magic Eraser are amazing and safe. Like other cleaning products, Magic Eraser is meant for use by adults, to prevent possible misuse by children that could result in injury. This warning is reflected on all of our packaging.

The Mr. Clean Original Duo and Extra Power Erasers are comprised of melamine foam that cleans like a mild abrasive and contains no additional chemicals. Our Foaming Cleanser contains a small amount of mild detergent. Packaging warns against use of Magic Eraser on the skin because it may result in mild discomfort comparable to what one would receive from rubbing the skin with very fine sandpaper, but will not cause chemical burns.

It is still uncertain which specific product the 5-year old boy in the email used, but I can assure you that all Mr. Clean Magic Eraser products are safe, when used as indicated. Thanks again for your concern and we hope this alleviates any concerns you may have. Please help us stop this rumor by sharing the truth with others. For more information, please visit us at

- The Mr. Clean Team

Veronique said...

A great resource to determine if something is an urban legend or not is

Here's their entry on Magic Erasers:

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