The first thing we found was the MSDS (Merchandise Safety Data Sheet) for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on the P&G website. It lists
"Ingredients/Chemical Name: Formaldehyde-Melamine-Sodium Bisulfite Copolymer."
Formaldehyde?! There is formaldehyde in those innocent looking little foam pieces that claim to clean everything?!
Slightly further down the MSDS the following info appears: "Hazardous Decomposition Products: Oxides of carbon, oxides of nitrogen, oxides of sulfur, aromatic compounds,
formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide."
This can't be good.
The Household Products database from the National Institute of Health reveals the same information. Similar products suggest the use of rubber gloves while cleaning to protect the harsh chemicals from absorbing into your skin.
How many people do you know that use the magic erasers? How many people let their children use them to clean up their messes? What other ingredients are in our everyday household cleaners?
Apparently a Canadian news station ran a story on how common household cleaners may be contributing to the rise of cancer. Here is an excerpt from their story:
"Not required to disclose ingredients
Kathy Cooper — a senior researcher with the Canadian Environmental Law Association — says there's a lot we don't know about the chemicals in our cleaners. Companies are not required to tell us.
"For cleaning products in particular, the only thing the label will tell you is whether it is seriously toxic…if you swallow it or get it in your eye, or will the container blow up…but you don’t have any information about…long term toxicity," Cooper told Marketplace.
If you look at the label of your favourite floor cleaner or furniture polish, you won't see much in the way of ingredients. That's because companies are protected by trade secrets. If you do see an ingredient, it's because it could blow up or poison you. Many other chemicals are not even listed.
"If you had the kind of labelling laws that they have in Europe, where it would tell you that 'this product contains something that may cause cancer' and another similar product that does the same job doesn’t, you might not buy the product that contains the carcinogen," said Larry Stoffman an international expert on chemical hazards information."Many of the products that are available for purchase aren't necessarily "safe". Please do your research to keep yourself and your family - especially your children - safe!