Cleaning With Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are a popular cleaning tool, that can be used on a variety of surfaces, without adding chemical cleaners. This is a page about cleaning with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.

Warning: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are not safe to use on skin and could cause chemical burns. Always follow the manufacturer's safety guidelines.


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March 15, 2011

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!

By Cipora Auslander from Miami, FL

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August 6, 2010

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.

By Robin from London, Ontario, Canada

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November 24, 2015

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.

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April 7, 2015

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.

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December 12, 2017

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.

A dirty appliance from a thrift store.

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May 30, 2018

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.

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February 23, 2018

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.

Magic Eraser for Cleaning Crayon Marks - scribbles on puzzle back board

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May 30, 2008

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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February 15, 2019

What is a Magic Eraser that is recommended for cleaning glass dishes? I live in Scotland.



February 16, 20190 found this helpful


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.



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July 12, 2017

Has anyone tried to use a Magic Eraser without getting it wet? What did you use it on? What were the results?


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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

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.

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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

The directions on the Magic Eraser website specifically say to use water:

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December 17, 2011

Where do you get a 'white eraser sponge'? And what is it?



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December 19, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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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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October 4, 2010

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?


Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I had tried EVERYTHING to clean the textured handles on my refrigerator! The new sponge that Mr. Clean has out is the only thing I found that works!


By Sandi G. (09/19/2004)

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Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I used it to scrub out the filthy bathtub after washing my cats. It was the nastiest I'd ever seen it and I have 2 kids and a husband so that's saying a lot. ;) It looks brand new and even cleaned the caulking and grout to original. I'll swear by it any day. (09/20/2004)

By Suzanne Spencer

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I used it to clean up some rust stains and scuff marks on my kitchen tile floor, and I hit all the walls with it about once a month. (09/20/2004)

By cindy bushway

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

My son just moved into a different house, the previous owner had laid a cigarette on the counter top. The sponge took all the yellow stain out of the counter top. It looks like new. (09/20/2004)

By Libby Dowis

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

We have an asphalt driveway and I used it to get the yellowish stains out of my linoleum floor. It worked great! I also used it to get magic marker off of my son's wooden desk. (09/21/2004)

By Diane Bulanda

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I think one of my girlfriends had a problem using it on chrome. I used it on the bathtub and my white kitchen chairs..beautiful! (09/22/2004)

By Toni Krys

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

These work great to clean white leather athletic shoes. I make the sponges last longer by cutting them into 3 or 4 pieces. I have found them at my local dollar store, 3 pack for a dollar, and they are just as good as the Mr. Clean brand. (11/21/2004)

By carolfromwi

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I use it to clean inside my microwave/convection oven. It makes it look brand new. (01/07/2005)

By sandy.

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

They work great on dry erase boards (use dry). (02/04/2005)

By carolG

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I've used them for everything from removing stains from my countertop (white Formica) to dark bathtub rings (stupid blue washrags, haha). (03/06/2005)

By Steve Vaughn

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

It easily took the mildew stains off the rubber seals on my fridge. Nothing else even touched them. I also use them to take the black scuff marks off the legs of my white kitchen chairs. It takes some of the shine off the finish, but it still looks better than scuffs. (03/08/2005)

By Lois

A way of removing hard water stains.

I always get the hard water, orange colored stains on my bathtub. I find that the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponges remove the stains very well. After scrubbing for a bit they begin to disappear. (04/20/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for Clothing Stains

Use a wet Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and scrub stains on clothes. I recently did this with Spaghetti sauce on a shirt that I did not have time to rewash and it came right out. I have also used this on pen that had been washed and dried several times. The stain is not completely gone, but light enough to wear the shirt again.

By Kelly (06/13/2005)

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Cleaning Carpet Stains

At a birthday party, a strawberry got squished into my cream colored carpet. I sprayed it with the oxi-clean spray and let it sit and then used my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to scrub the stain and it came right out. (06/13/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Working in a nursing home, I use them a lot and they work great on walls, tubs, sinks and baseboards. However, they will scratch some surfaces. (06/14/2005)

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on Pergo Floors

I think you are talking about shoe scuff marks, right? The Magic Erasers are slightly abrasive but I think it would be okay for Pergo. They say on them not to use on highly polished surfaces. Get Magic Eraser wet, squeeze out the excess water and scrub lightly. If it seems to be working, continue but just remember that it can dull the finish if you scrub too hard.

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By ThriftyFun

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

If you are ready to bury your, or someone else's, dishes in the backyard because nothing you've tried will remove the coating of slime, mold and grease that has built up over the last six months in the sink, give the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser a try! Yes, there is, finally, "salvation for slobs!" (10/04/2005)

By Yawni Soo

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

My car got vandalized by some punks, and the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser easily removed the permanent marker that they wrote on my hood with. (03/18/2006)

By Liz

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Not sure if anyone out there has tried this, but I have an Apple laptop, an iBook, and well, after using it for awhile, you get that dark spot where your wrists sit, and I've tried cleaning solutions, but it just lightens it a bit. I decided to try this and it works amazingly well!! I LOVE this thing, and am trying it on everything I can think of! So try it on your laptops! (04/06/2006)

By iLauren

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

These work great on mildew stains for outside wooden furniture. We have two white wooden rockers that needed to be repainted because of mildew stains. I tried the eraser and it made them sparkling white again! (02/19/2007)

By Staci

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I'm going to try it for some of the posted uses. However, the first time I tried it on my painted wall it took off black marks but left very visible "erase" marks which I had to repaint. Wouldn't recommend it for flat painted areas. (07/02/2007)


Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

The magic eraser will work well with a spray bottle of vinegar to remove built up soap-scum and water deposits from the tub and shower. Crayon marks come off washable wallpaper with very little effort too. (07/03/2007)

By virginia

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

It will definitely scratch high gloss formica countertops. You can see the scratches if the light is behind the formica, but you can't feel or see it from above. Don't use much pressure at all. (07/14/2007)

By Paul M.

Washroom stalls

I work at a large church and found that the eraser does not work at all to remove permanent marker, or most things written on metal stall doors or walls for the washroom stalls. (04/28/2008)

By Kevin

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

It got hair dye off my forehead and ears with ease. Some claimed it burned, I thought it just tingled a bit. We also use it every summer (we go through a box or 2) to clean off our white boat seats (the vinyl), the rims of our cars, the garage entry door, baseboards. I literally use this for every tough cleaning job I have around my house. Beware of use on wood, it will leave a nasty white residue. (05/19/2008)

By Amy S

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I use a combination of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and Mr. Clean Orange Cleaner to clean stubborn dry erase marker boards. We have marker boards here that have had writing on them for 10 years. Two passes with the "Magic Orange" combo cleans all of it off, and then one final pass with a paper towel and a few spritzes of Orange Clean makes the board spotless. It's an unbeatable combination, which works on formica counter tops, table tops, stainless steel sinks, refrigerator shelves, etc. The Orange Clean is gentle enough to not chemically damage surfaces, like granite, but I do not recommend using the Magic Eraser on granite as it dulls the finish. (07/17/2008)

By Ron D

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

You can use it dry to clean tarnished silverware. The tarnish disappears. It's AWESOME! It also got rust spots off of my knives (stainless steel). (07/27/2008)

By Sarah

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I use it to clean my white mac book, works great! I also use it for my white flip flops, and dirty bathtubs that will not clean with a normal cleaner. (10/19/2008)

By Ally L

things magic eraser cant do

It cannot remove permanent marker from most surfaces, but I found something that can easily. Aerosol hair spray. That's right! Write something on surface with marker and spray it. Watch the ink lift right off. Just wipe it away with a paper towel and it's gone! (10/25/2008)

By John

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I have used it in my bathtub and it works great to get out the soap-scum. But no one has mentioned using the magic eraser in the toilet. It does work. Just wear gloves. (10/04/2009)

By Joanie

Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Here is my list:

  • Greasy stove knobs
  • Refrigerator handles
  • The racks on my gas stove
  • ANY dried grease from cooking on backsplashes or walls (NO SCRUBBING)
  • Hard water stains on the kitchen sink
  • Computer mouse
  • Baseboards
  • Window frames inside
  • Mini-blinds
  • Linoleum kitchen floor (very old, and a little pitted/textured)
  • Coffee pot (small items with grooves that get dusty)
  • Dusty buttons on TV
  • Knobs on washer and dryer
  • Candle wax drips
  • Sneakers. LOL ("What's a shaa?")
  • Multiple buttons on printer/copier
  • Anything with small buttons or knobs that get dusty


    By Monique

    Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

    This is the best thread yet. Thanks for all the create advice here. (08/02/2010)

    By JDThompson

    Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

    I use them to clean baseboards, sinks, tubs, tub surrounds, scuff marks off my kitchen floor, fingerprints on chairs and fridge. I used it on my kitchen floor to get a scuff mark off and ended up doing the whole floor! Could not believe how dirty the floor was! It looked great.

    I have used it on walls and found that it left lighter marks even after drying, so I don't use it on walls anymore.

    I have used them to clean my grill, and ceiling fan blades. With a long handled wooden spoon, I have dropped one into my husband's thermos and used the handle to scrub the inside. It was nasty! But it shines now! I use them to get the stains out of coffee cups and mugs. The newest thing I have used it on was to clean my husband's recliner that is off-white microfiber. It came out looking great. The possibilities are endless! (08/06/2010)

    By neuroticmom

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