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October 21, 2003 12:41 AM

Broken: Cleaning fluid bottle designs

Brian Donohue writes:

I stumbled across the website for these household cleaning products. The problem is, they look
just like fruit drinks! The liquid itself is colored in bright, appetizing, fruity colors, and the bottles are the same relative shape as bottles of juice or Gatorade.

A young child with limited reading skills would not understand that these are poisonous chemicals.

P.S. A quote from their site:

"In blind tests, Pirel was chosen 3 out of 4 times over its competition."

I'd be interested to know who tested these products, and how many of them went blind. Oh, that's not what "blind tests" means? My mistake.


Stephen Casey's "Set Phasers on Stun" has a chapter describing a real-life case study of just how dangerous this type of packaging really is.

Posted by: Gerard Torenvliet at November 17, 2003 02:00 PM

Yeah, lol. At first glance without reading the article, I THOUGHT IT WAS a fruit drink! Man, somebody's gonna get sued for this one...

Posted by: FlyingBeefStew at January 22, 2005 09:01 AM

my brother had a bottle of this on the counter and my nephew started to pour it into a glass with ice..

Fortunatley we stopped him in time.

Posted by: aynne at December 29, 2005 02:43 PM

Even weirder? They also look like penises. (Penii)?

Posted by: diddleysquat at February 25, 2006 04:50 PM

SAME here!

at a first glance i was all "wtf there is a fruit drink with floral flavor!?"

Posted by: caleb at February 26, 2006 12:06 AM

Floral? Lavendar? Rose? I wasn't sure what to think.

Actually, I once visited a Middle Eastern deli near here that had bottles of "Rose Juice" for sale. Ick.

Posted by: RaleighRob at March 9, 2006 11:55 AM

Wow and I was about to go out and buy a 12-pack of those! "Yumm Yumm!" I thought when I saw this, until I found that it was a cleaning product. That's just GROSS and WRONG!

Posted by: another guy named Alex B. at April 20, 2006 01:39 PM

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