From: WVE~ol.com
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 18:04:14 -0500
Subject: dishwasher detergent for cleaning sticky valves

Douglas T. expressed concern that using dishwasher detergent to clean
harmonicas might harm players. I called Proctor and Gamble and asked about
ingestion of small amounts of their Cascade brand detergent, the product in
my kitchen.

Q. What would be the health effects of eating/drinking from unrinsed utensils
or playing unrinsed harmonicas?
A. None

Q. What would be the health effects of eating a cupful of the powder?
A. Because it contains an emetic, you would vomit, then you would be OK. P &
G doesn't recommend eating it straight!

They are going to send me an Environmental Health & Safety sheet on Cascade.
I'll post anything interesting from it. In the meantime, you can base the
decision to use it or not on its effect on the harmonica, not on the player.

To Douglas T: Thanks for the challenge. It prompted me to make the call that
I should have made BEFORE posting my original suggestion. Mea Culpa!

Vern Smith


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