Warning: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are not safe to use on skin and could cause chemical burns. Always follow the manufacturer's safety guidelines.
Crayon, dirt, or scuff marks on your painted walls? Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a miracle worker! Just wet the sponge and erase. Also works on doors, baseboards, glass tabletops, car windshield, leather shoes, etc. I only wish this was invented when my kids were little!
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My tip is an alternative to bleach to clean stains on your counter top. Buy the "magic erasers" at the dollar store. They take off blackberry juice stains faster and easier than bleach and are much safer to use around kids and pets.
I found that the Magic Erasers from the Dollar Stores are a quarter price of those from the regular supermarkets. They also last every bit as long if not longer. To make it even more economical, simply cut one in half. I found that a half an eraser lasts every bit as long as the whole one.
A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works great! They are also good if you get tanning lotion or spray on your hands and they turn orange.
I bought this mini food chopper at the thrift store. It was 75% less than anything I had seen retail, so I decided to take it home and clean it up, since it worked well.
Take a Magic Eraser and cut it across the short side, into half-inch wide fingers. To clean glasses, rinse them with water or Windex, then wipe them with a Magic Eraser finger.
I got some wood puzzles for my granddaughter on Freecycle. One puzzle had a lot of crayon marks on it. A knock-off Magic Eraser made it look like new in a couple of minutes. This is a good tip to know about, as I'm sure our little artiste will be doing some drawing of her own where she shouldn't.
The best way to clean a granite sink. Scrub lightly using a Mr Clean Magic Eraser, it takes seconds. Rinse and dry, and your sink will look fabulous!
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What is a Magic Eraser that is recommended for cleaning glass dishes? I live in Scotland.
They are melamine sponges with a cleaning agent which is inside them. When you use them, they become smaller and smaller until they disappear. If you want to make your own, you can.
You can buy melamine sponges on ebay and spray them or sprinkle them with baking soda and water to clean dishes the same way as Magic Erasers will clean dishes.
Magic Eraser is a sponge with formaldehyde and other cleaning agents. It does a great job. However, dont use it on painted surfaces.
Just a clarification. There is no additional cleaning agent in the Magic Eraser products, they are made entirely out of a melamine copolymer. It is similar to using very fine grit sandpaper. As you use it to scrub, the melamine wears down just like a regular sponge.
People have concerns about them because of the chemical name of the copolymer: formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite. Bits of the sponge could be left behind on the surface you are cleaning but would be removed by a final clean wipe, just like cleaning up after Comet, Bon Ami or any cleaner. It's certainly a lot less toxic than either of those other abrasive cleaners.
Here is a Wikipedia article about them.
No home should be without Magic Eraser! Especially if there are children or a man or women living there. This little gem easily takes care of many otherwise almost impossible to remove spots/stains that occur during just ordinary living.
Here is a site that has some suggestions on how to use this magic gem:
Has anyone tried to use a Magic Eraser without getting it wet? What did you use it on? What were the results?
i believe the chemistry behind the Magic Eraser is the reason it works better if slightly wet. That said, it can be used dry for the same types of cleaning but does a better job if is wet.
Here is an excerpt from a chemistry site:
Procter & Gamble says the key to the Magic Erasers stain-fighting properties is in its water-activated microscrubbers. But theres nothing water-activated about itthe eraser can be used dry as well as wet, with little difference in the result. Water likely makes it easier for dirt to cling to the eraser, thoughthe same way you might wet a paper towel before wiping down a wall or table.
Here is a link if you are interested in reading the article.
Here is a link with lots of suggestion (and cautions) on using the magic eraser.
The directions on the Magic Eraser website specifically say to use water:
You just get all the ink off clean with water.. Not using it smudges it around a bit, even if you can't totally see it
Where do you get a 'white eraser sponge'? And what is it?
Magic Eraser is a product made by the same company as Mr. Clean. You get it in the cleaning aisle where floor cleaners and sink cleaners are sold, in a grocery store, or place like Walmart. There are also generic brands that are sold in places like dollar stores. It is a smooth white sponge that is slightly abrasive. It seems very soft, but it cleans things like soap scum extremely well or marks on painted walls. It disintegrates fairly quickly with use.
I was told by my home health nurse to be very careful with these sponges. She treated a toddler who had gotten hold of one. Toddler had washed themselves with the sponge & ended up with 2nd degree burns. Be very careful with them. I had mentioned using them to clean my floor & she told me not to since my defenses were down so much from being hospitalized for 2 years
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A lot of people have mentioned using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to effectively clean otherwise difficult to remove stains. What have you cleaned successfully with this new cleaning tool?
A lot of people have mentioned using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to effectively clean otherwise difficult to remove stains.