By Tracy M
If you, like me, have recieved a dozen chain e-mails (including photos) about the dangers of Magic Erasers (or other like products) you might want to check this out at Snopes.
This was posted on the website, from the mother of the boy in the pictures:
Important! I would ask, please, if you arrived here after searching the internet upon receiving an email forward with photos of my son’s face and my story pasted into it, PLEASE, delete the email. Do NOT forward it on. You may send the link to this page to your friends and family if you would like to warn others, but please, the photo of my son and my story are my copyrighted material, and I have NOT granted permission to anyone to use the information. Given the nature of e-mail forwards, often information is added, changed, or misused. If you have already forwarded the message on, please email your friends and family the link to this page and ask them to delete the message.
Snopes says that in January 2007, 3M (the manufactuerer) resolved the issue with the mother, and will label the product to “Not be used on Skin”. 3M maintains the issue was not with any ingredient in the product, but with the abrassive side of the sponge rubbing the skin.
According to public information, there are absolutely no ingredients in either the 3M sponge or the Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean that are subject to health-related labelling laws in either the United States or the European Union. Magic Erasers are considered a non-toxic product.
So what’s all that mean? I take it that I can safely use the wonderous magic-ness of these little erasers all around my home- I just better abstain from trying to scrub the Sharpie marker doodlings Beanie drew all over Abby’s tummy. I think that’s do-able.