Mr. Clean is being sued for false advertisement after an investigation by the FTC and CDC revealed Mr. Clean products actually make things dirtier.
The FTC and CDC have found that Mr. Clean’s claim of “it cleans so well, it can remove Ebola from an elevator” has no basis in fact.
Mr. Clean has been given a cease and desist order and unless he can prove his products can actually clean things, he will be fined $10,000 per incidence of false advertisement.
The CDC has also reported several cases of MRSA and other infections among people who used Mr. Clean products.
Mr. Clean is not the only household product to be accused of false advertising.
“Tide has also been found to be guilty of false advertisement in several instances,” said the CDC spokesperson. “The Tide represents that its products can clean things that should not be cleaned. For example, Tide claims it can clean a car engine and that it is safe to use on the dashboard. This is false.
“Tide has also been found guilty of false advertisement after it was discovered that it could not clean a shirt that had been buried in the ground for a year. Tide also claimed that it could clean a wide variety of items that it simply cannot clean. For example, Tide claims it cleans sheets and blankets, but it does not. It also claims it can clean a leather jacket and a bowler’s hat. It cannot.”
The FTC and CDC have given these companies and others like them until September 1 to comply with the order or be fined $10,000 per incidence.
The US Government has also announced that all products must have a label stating whether or not they have been tested and proved to be effective.