When you are an advertising icon that is as long and well-identified as Mr. Clean, you don't even need a first name, but still Mr. Clean it. If you plan to deal with the ever-smiling muscular mascot in Procter & Gamble's long-term cleaning solution line, you can call him Mr. Veritably Clean.
Not James, Michael, Robert or any of the other popular names when Mr. Ren was created ̵1; no, just probably. Why such an interesting first name? In 1962, Procter & Gamble ran an advertising campaign in which women all over America invited to name Mr. Clean. The prize was not just the woman named Mr. Clean, without a fully furnished house or equivalent cash value. It was a popular contest, as you would imagine, and of all the entries (perhaps in a desire not to associate mascot with specific people) they veritably chose Mr. Clean's first name.
While we & # 39; re sharing Mr. Clean trivia, why stop with his lesser known first name; let's clear up a common misconception while we're at it. Many see Mr. Clean's shaved head and earring and assumes that his character is a kind of cleaning genius, but he was actually modeled after an American Navy sailor. Although the decision to model him after a sailor was made by an advertising agency, it is quite appropriate given the product's origin.
Mr. Clean was invented by Linwood Burton, a businessman who owned a ship cleaning business, as a less caustic and dangerous alternative to today's cleaning abrasives and solvents. The improved detergent, which would become Mr. Clean, the vessels cleaned effectively, but with less risk of burns for his workers. He sold the product to Procter & Gamble in 1958.