beware of the evil glow stick!

meg711November 10, 2009

Hi all. I know this isn't too common but if I can save someone else the aggravation, why not?

Anyway, when we returned from trick or treating, I took off the glow stick necklace I had been wearing and put it down on one of our tables--and promptly forgot about it. When I picked it up later, I noticed that it had leaked and the liquid basically ate through the finish on our table. Very messy and completely destroyed.

So beware the evil glow stick!

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Wow if it does that to a table, what do you think it would do to a kids skin?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 1:04PM
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What is it???

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 1:07PM
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Wow - I'm sorry that happened....I had no idea.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 1:13PM
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OMG Meg that is so funny you mentioned that because the EXACT same thing happened to me.

They gave these glow sticks away at my childrens halloween dance. My son came home but it on my NEW table and in the morning when I was cleaning up there was a perfect melted circle right through many layers of varnish down to the bare wood.

I actually emailed the school about it. I figured if it does that to my table is it really that safe for children.

I got rid of my coffee table yesterday - I just did not have the energy to sand it down and refinish it so I gave it away. I had that table maybe 3 weeks.


    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 1:21PM
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After Trick Or Treating DS2 bit a glow bracelet and got it all in his mouth. DH had tried to clean his mouth out and then had to resort to turning off the kitchen lights and doing it in the dark so that he could make sure he got all of it out. I thought it was pretty funny having to turn the lights off to clean your kid.

I wasn't worried because the guys I served w/ in the Marines thought that it was really cool to break them open and coat the insides of their mouth's w/ glow sticks to make them glow.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 1:22PM
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My daughter had to call poison control on Halloween night because my 2 year old granddughter broke one open and drank the liquid. Turned out that it is not toxic to children but I guess it is to furniture. I'm sorry that happened.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 1:27PM
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That's just sad Haley, hope you didn't spend too much on it.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 1:59PM
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ttodd that is sooo funny about the marines!!! ( our tax dollars at work LOL)and I might have to try it myself someday!! heh heh

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 2:06PM
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I threw ours away Halloween night before bed...I was afraid of our pets chewing on them. Thanks for the heads-up for the furniture. When I was little we'd chew on wintergreen lifesavers in the dark to try to make green sparks.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 3:09PM
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I have a similar story.

I bought a diffuser set from Pier1. (The one that is shaped like a pumpkin.) I decided to save the cork in case I needed to store it or move it. Since my housecleaner was on the way, I threw the cork and a lot of other odds and ends into a basket and stashed it in my closet. A few weeks later, I remembered the basket. The cork was touching my son's DS (handheld game system) and had eaten a small hole through it! The plastic melted off in gooey chunks.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 3:11PM
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Yep, Haley, right down to the wood, in two curved segments. It's hard to believe that it can eat through the layers of finish and do nothing to our delicate insides . . . . You do have to wonder what ever happened to those marines! I had been wearing it around my head so I'm glad it didn't leak then! But way too scary to think of your granddaughter drinking it.

I called my friend to see if they have the glow stick packaging, or the name of the company. If I'm going to have the table re-finished, I'll probably need to know what the chemicals are.

Another lesson learned!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 3:22PM
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Those glowsticks were as good as money in Egypt when I was on a mission there. The male Marines (I was the only female) would barter them w/ the street kids selling stuff. The kids would flock all around us when they saw us coming w/ glow sticks!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 4:05PM
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Greenthumbfish - thanks - luckily no I didn't spend too much and it wasn't one I was totally in love thank goodness.

Meg your right a lesson learned - they can say they are safe but I personally don't want my kids playing with them anymore. Just to be on the safe side.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 6:35PM
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Grandson brought his glowstick package from Halloween to me to open tonight, I suggested we "save it" for another night. I had no idea they would cause any harm to objects or people,I thought it was the perfect treat...this forum continues to inform me. thanks

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 11:22PM
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I had a similar thing happen with a diffuser. My GS had lifted the reeds out and some dripped on my sofa table. By the time I noticed, the finish was damaged.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 11:29PM
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Bad for the environment? I know the plastic casing is a throw away. I use a battery operated one, it flashes! (We use it for scuba diving at night)

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 10:46AM
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Here is another item to keep off your furniture. For anyone that uses Frontline plus on their dogs, never place the empty packet on your furniture.My husband did this on our piano and now we have the triangular shape of the packet where it ate through the finish. He always throws it right out but was distracted and placed it there then forgot about it. I was the one that found it!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 11:04AM
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Oh Meg, I'm so sorry. How sad that it actually ate the finish off your table! I do have a funny story about glow sticks for you, though.

Back in 1970 on the day after Halloween, my (very mischievous!)brother and his bestfriend were going through their trick-or-treat loot and came across a few glow sticks. They got the "brilliant" idea to paint a very big "alien" on the brick wall of our attached garage, above the large chest freezer. You couldn't see it in the daytime, but at night, it glowed bright green. It looked pretty much as they depict the Roswell alien and was quite good, because my brother was a great artist, even as a kid. Our dad was furious, though, and tried to wash it off, to no avail. We kids thought it was cool. It stayed, glowing bright green all those years after. In 1985, my parents sold the house and moved part time to Florida. The new owners never saw our "alien" before they moved in and my parents honestly forgot to mention it, as they were very used to it by then. A few years ago, some of my siblings stopped by the old house to talk with the present (#3)owners. They were happy to show my sibs around the house. When they got to the garage on their way to the backyard and pool areas, they mentioned that they had always been mystified by the alien on the wall out there and were anxious to hear the story of it's origins. They loved it and planned to keep it for any future. Good grief! I can only imagine, a hundred years from now, what those owners will be thinking and wondering about my brother's crazy, big, green glowing alien on their garage wall!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 2:01PM
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That alien story is great! Can't you just picture the owners examining the wall trying to figure out what paint/marker/substance causes the glowing!

When DH and I moved into our first apartment in college, we noticed a strange light on the ceiling at night. At first I thought something was reflecting a strip of light onto the ceiling so I tightly closed all the blinds. Then I walked around the room trying to find a watch or other metal object that could bounce light. Finally I climbed onto a chair for a closer look. Apparently someone had a rough night of studying b/c the glowing strip was a highlighter mark on the ceiling.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 3:50PM
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Wallflower plug-ins from Bath and Bodyworks ate thru the finish on my new tv console. DH had unplugged it to use the outlet and didn't set it upright. It leaked and went thru the stain to the bare wood.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 4:02PM
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The exact same thing happened to one of my end tables from a glow stick that leaked. It completely took the finish off.When I saw this thread I wondered if it was about something like that happening. I wouldn never buy another one and I bet this happens more often then you think.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 4:07PM
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I can't believe all these seemingly innocent things that eat through furniture finishes. I think I'm going to start a new thread and, if it's okay with you all, I'll list the other things you have all mentioned (Frontline Plus packet, the cork from a diffuser set, Wallflower plug-ins, etc.)

Thanks everyone for all your comments!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 5:01PM
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ttodd i bet you all were popular with the kids in Egypt. very cool. and thank you for serving your country. seriously.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 7:59PM
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This was very informative. Thank you! And my grandson tipped over a reed diffuser I had on my hall table. Before we could get it wiped up it had eaten down to the bare wood. I hope the next time I need to strip the finish off a piece of furniture I can remember to go to the dollar store and get cheap reed diffusers! LOL!

And, ttodd, happy Veteran's Day! Thank you for your service to our country.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 9:14PM
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Alcohol will eat through many finishes...yet does little to our interiors. (Well, relatively!) My gues is that it's the alcohol that's messing up the finishes.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 9:31PM
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The stomach pH is between 2 and 1 (neutral is slightly above 7.) Whats in our stomach would eat the finish off your table too:)

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 11:21PM
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When my son was about 3 we had came home from trick or treating and just put him in our bed. (he had got scared), throughout the night I started smelling this really bad smell, but was so tired just kept sleeping. In the morning when I woke, My hubby had left a note on the pillow. Its said the glow stick our son had had broke and was all over the bedding. he went to work and left me and our boy sleeping! Anyway, ruined all our bedding and matress and w took me a month to get the smell out of my hair! I apparently kept rolling over and over in it on my pillow! We trashed the bedding and cleaned the matress. Flipped it over. But the stain is still there! The smell finally left.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 11:53PM
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