September 1999's
Glue of the Month

Elmer's Washable School Glue

For September, we thought it would be appropriate to review a "back to school" glue. After much research, and attempts to search out a new and exciting alternative to the obvious, we realized that there is nothing better than the tried and true Elmer's products. Elmer's has been manufacturing adhesives for over fifty years, and has a very thorough line of relatively non-toxic adhesives appropriate for school use, crafts and home. Elmer's Washable School Glue is all that it claims to be. We found it washable whether it is wet or dry, and it is relatively non-toxic. This does not mean, however, that you should drink the stuff. Upon reviewing the technical safety data (MSDS), we found that it suggested that if "accidently swallowed, dilute by drinking large quantities of water, and immediately contact poison control center or hospital emergency room for any other additional treatment directions." Elmer's is a PVA so we suggest it will work best on porous materials. To avoid the ever present wrinkles that occur when using a PVA on paper, try Elmer's No-Wrinkle Glue Pen, with it's duel tip applicator for wide and fine application.

Elmer's also has a very informative web-site.

Trivia: The famous cow used as the corporate symbol on all Elmer's products is actually named Elsie, and she is the spouse of Elmer, the cow who the company is named after.

Past Glues of the Month
August 2003 - Mr. Sticky's Underwater Glue
April 2003 - P.C. Woody
January 2003 - Weld-on Adhesives and Cements
December 2002 - Krazy Glue with Skin Guard
November 2002 - Permatex Bullseye Windshield Repair
September 2002 - UHU "Twist & Glue"
August 2002 - Aleene's Platinum Bond Patio and Garden Adhesive
July 2002 - Gloozit Marine and RV Gloo
May 2002 - Jones Tones Plexi Clear Glue
April 2002 - Silicone-Be-Gone
March 2002 - Eggs
February 2002 - Rabbit Skin Glue by Gamblin Artist Colors
January 2002 - LePage's new Easy Flow System
December 2001 - Scotch Tape
November 2001 - Daptex Foam Sealant
October 2001 - Gelatin and Glycerin Glue
September 2001 - Crayola Project Glue
August 2001 - Waterweld
July 2001 - Yes Glue
June 2001 - Little Red Cap
May 2001 - Weldbond reprise
April 2001 - Stoneco Padding Glue
March 2001 - PascoFix
February 2001 - Quick Grab
January 2001 - Coccoina Colla Bianca
December 2000 - Royal Icing
November 2000 - Good Glue
October 2000 - Pros-Aide
September 2000 - Elmer's Galactic Glue
August 2000 - Microcrystalline Wax
July 2000 - LePage's Universal Adhesive
June 2000 - Tear Mender Fabric Leather Cement
May 2000 - Shoe Goo
April 2000 - Magic Goo Gone
March 2000 - Sure Hold Plastic Surgery
February 2000 - Gorilla Glue
January 2000 - Casein Glue (milk)
December 1999 - Aleene's Original "Tacky Glue"
November 1999 - Weldbond Universal Space Age Adhesive
October 1999 - Kryolan Spirit Gum
September 1999 - Elmer's Washable School Glue
August 1999 - Seal-All
July 1999 - Loctite 349 Impruv
June 1999 - Sikaflex
May 1999 - Yamato Sticking Paste
April 1999 - No More Nails
April Fools 1999 - Juicy Fruit Gum
March 1999 - Chair Doctor Glue by Veritas
If you've discovered a glue that you've grown attached to, please let us know. Maybe we can honor your glue in a future month.

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