Have any of you not received the e-mail warning about using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? I really thought it had played its course. Then it showed up in my inbox once again.
Rest easy. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is not harmful.
Apparently there is an ingredient in the eraser that contains formaldehyde. This caused a slight panic from someone who did not check all their facts. They were capable of e-mail and have caused quite the chain letter warning against Magic Erasers. Here is a quote from the MrClean.com web page:
Formaldehyde is not and has never been an ingredient in Magic Eraser. One ingredient in Magic Eraser (formaldehyde-melamine- sodium bisulfite copolymer) contains the word “formaldehyde” in its chemical name. However, this ingredient is not formaldehyde and poses no health or safety risks. Think of this name like “sodium chloride”, which is table salt. Sodium by itself can be dangerous, but sodium chloride – salt – is safe.
It is possible that formaldehyde may be present in minute, trace amounts as a result of the manufacturing process. Even then, the amount present is significantly lower than standards established by governmental agencies and trade associations, and is actually less than what is found in indoor air.
Go here to read the whole article.
Think it through before forwarding. Would a well-known, respected company like Proctor & Gamble make something harmful? If they accidently did wouldn’t they let people know other ways than just e-mail? The recalled toys were in every form of media. Except, I never received an e-mail about the toys.
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