Below I've collected lots of Magic Eraser uses for around your home, as shared by readers of this site.
When discussing this product, I'm discussing it using the name it's most known by, which is the "Magic Eraser" which is a product branded as from Mr. Clean.
However, I've personally found that the brand name version and the generic version of the product can work just as well.
These "erasers" are really made of a type of foam, called melamine, which is how you may want to search if you're looking for the generic.
The foam acts much like extremely fine sandpaper, which means it's literally rubbing away the marks and dirt from the surface, but also can sometimes scratch soft surfaces or, especially if you scrub too hard, scrub away paint from places like your wall.
Therefore, always use this product with caution, and test first in an inconspicuous place of the surface to make sure you won't damage it.
You also may want to use the product while wearing some type of gloves, because if it's like sandpaper on whatever surface you're using it on, it's also like that on your hands.
Some people have complained that this product isn't very durable, since it wears away and disintegrates with use. However, that's completely normal. As the product is rubbed on the surface it does wear down (it's foam, after all), so don't be surprised when this happens.
Finally, I've heard some people say that these magic erasers have a lot of chemicals within them, and I wanted to discuss this issue briefly. The original magic erasers, and their generic counterparts, didn't have any cleaning product within them. They were just basically the melamine foam, which you wet and then rubbed on the surface you wanted to clean.
However, Mr. Clean began coming out with multiple versions of the Magic Eraser, many of which started to have cleaners and soaps embedded within them. These were
advertised as great for cleaning the bathroom or kitchen, for example, since the soap was already embedded in the sponge.
So just understand when you purchase one of these products that they may have cleaners within them, along with the melamine foam. It should be pretty obvious which ones do based on the packaging.
So, without further ado, here are some of the cleaning uses of this product around your home, as shared by readers.
I use my Mr. Clean Eraser all the time. I always keep one on hand.
I have an eight year old boy, five year old boy and a 20 month old girl. Because of them I continually have fingerprints and drawings on my white walls. I love that it takes dirt, crayon and fingerprints off the walls.
I also use it to clean my base boards, and it makes a huge difference. It takes almost all of the dirt and scuff marks off of them.
The only problem I have had is trying to clean my front door with it. Then, it leaves a chalk residue on the door.
I also now drain all the excess water out of the sponge before I begin to use it. At first, I guess I left too much water in it when I would wet it, because it would run dirty water down my walls as I rubbed. Lesson learned.
The positives of this product definitely out weigh the negatives. It is very reasonably priced, and it is easy to find at most stores.
Thanks for sharing how you use your Magic Eraser Nora.
I have not found any surface that I have used it on that it did not work well.
I also think it is very reasonably priced, considering that you are able to get several uses out of it. The only thing that I dislike about it is that is breaks off and leaves "eraser pieces" while you are using it, and I find these hard to clean up.
Overall though, I have been very pleased with the results from it, and find it quite useful.
We just bought a pre-owned 30' sailboat and spent the day cleaning it.
My husband happened to pick up a Mr. Clean eraser when he was looking for products to do the job. We were both amazed at what it took off (mildew, black marks, cup stains, stuck on weather grime...) so now we're telling all our boater friends about it!
Thanks Edie for sharing how this product has worked for you!
Cleaned Off White Streaks On Side Of My Vehicle From Swiping Concrete
by SR101 Reader
SR101 Reader says:
When I first purchased my van I didn't realize how much bigger it was than anything else I'd ever driven.
I purchased gasoline and started to leave the pump when I side swiped the island.
There was a dent and lots of white streaks on the side of my vehicle.
When I got home I was disgusted with myself.
Tadadah! Magic Eraser! Cleaned all the white off and the dent was almost unnoticeable once I finished with using it!
Taylor says (Plus Words Of Caution):
Thanks for this tip!
As with all very expensive things -- like a vehicle -- I always suggest using caution, especially with something like this because it could mess up the paint.
That's because these sponges are really like very fine sandpaper, and that means they could easily remove the clear coat finish from your paint, or even the paint itself.
However, that being said, I'm very glad it worked for you!
Here's another tip from a reader, Patti, that I received that as quite similar. The same cautions from me apply if you choose to use this product on your car's painted surfaces -- you might take off the clear coat, if you're not careful!
Patti Also Used It On Her Car To Remove Paint When Her Car Was Sideswiped
Patti says: I used the Magic Eraser on my car to remove paint.
My car was sideswiped and it left dark paint on my gray car.
I used a wet Magic Eraser and it removed the transferred paint without additional damage on my paint.
It didn't remove any of the clear coat on my car so it still is shiny. I was very careful not to use a lot of pressure.
The best part is that you can use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser over and over again, until it just completely "disappears" with use, which takes quite a while. Overall, I love this cleaning tool!
Thanks LeAnne for sharing how you use the Magic Eraser in your home.
Looking at all of the uses which readers have shared above, it is just amazing how many uses people have found for this product.
I'm always looking for more ways to use it. Plus, I want to know if you've ever been disappointed with how it works, or if it ever harmed a surface you tried to use it on.
Further, Mr. Clean has come out with several "versions" of the Magic Eraser, such as for the kitchen or bath specifically, plus the original which many of us have previously used. I would love to hear from those who have used these newer versions to say how they differ and otherwise compare to the original.
You can share your uses and reviews here, or read others that have already been submitted. (I've collected some here, but there are more scattered throughout the site, which I've collected together.)
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