Re: a tad off topic: Dish Sponge Warning

Laura Jordan ( )
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 08:05:06 -0700

Thanks for the warning. I'll go home and check all my cleaners today and not ever
buy another "sponge" by P&G until I know they no longer use that stuff on their

Laura and the Brat Pack

bonnie kalmbach wrote:

> from the Bunny Huggers Gazette:
> >>From:
> >>Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 21:39:06 EST
> >>
> >> Those yellow sponges with the green plastic fibers on the back for scrubbing
> >>pots-"Pot Scrubbers"-should be kept far away from our birds, fish, reptiles,
> >>cats and dogs, hamsters and whatevers. Proctor & Gamble, in its continuing
> >>search to make America look clean and smell great, has a new "improved"
> >>version of the sponge on the market that kills odor-causing fungi that get in
> >>the sponge after a few uses. They make a big deal out of this innovation on
> >>the outside packaging.
> >>
> >>A friend used one of these sponges to clean the glass on a 200-gallon
> >>aquarium. The abrasive backs are good for removing algae and smutz that
> >>collect on the inside of the tank. He refilled the tank and after the water
> >>had time to condition and rid itself of chlorine, he reintroduced his tropical
> >>fish collection of some 30 fish.
> >> Within five hours of putting the fish back in the tank, they were all dead!
> >> Some began to die after only 30 minutes. He removed the survivors to another
> >> tank but they all died. Retracing his steps to clean the tank, the only
> >> thing that was different was using that new kind of sponge-he'd used the
> >> regular old Pot Scrubbers for years.
> >>
> >>Lo and behold I discovered on the back of the packaging in about the finest
> >>print you could put on plastic a description of the fungicide in the sponge
> >>and the warning in tiny bold-face letters, "not for use in aquariums. keep
> >>away from other pets." Thanks for warning Proctor & Gamble.
> >>
> >>It seems the fungicide is a derivative of the systemic pesticide-herbicide,
> >>2-4-D, more popularly known as Agent Orange, the chemical we sprayed all over
> >>Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War that many veterans and war refugees say
> >>did them permanent damage to their lungs and nervous systems.
> >>
> >>The package warning goes on to say they fungicide cannot be washed from the
> >>sponge even if it is placed in the dishwasher (in which case Agent Orange is
> >>now all over your dishes and drinking glasses).And, if you think its there to
> >>kill disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella from contaminated chicken meat,
> >>think again-it's not effective enough to kill those kind of bugs.
> >>
> >>I called P&G to register a complaint and told them I'd never use their
> >>products again because I couldn't trust what they were putting in them. By the
> >>way, the same chemical in the sponge is used now in many of those popular
> >>anti-bacterial, anti-viral disinfectant liquid soaps and hand cleaners that
> >>are flooding the market.
> >> Don't buy that poison and warn your friends as well. >>
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >"Whenever people say 'We musn't be sentimental,' you can take it they are
> >about to do something cruel. And if they add 'We must be realistic,' they
> >mean they are going to make money out of it."
> > -Brigid Brophy
> >
> >
> >"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made
> >for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for
> >men."
> > -Alice Walker
> >
> >
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