30 Magic Eraser Uses Youve Never Dreamed Ofand Why They Work

30 Magic Eraser Uses Youve Never Dreamed Ofand Why They Work

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is truly magical: The foamy sponge introduced by Procter & Gamble in 2003 can make just about any stain disappear. But exactly how many Magic Eraser uses are there for the home? And why the heck do they work so well, anyway? Read on for everything you ever wanted to know about this nifty cleaning tool.How does the Magic Eraser work?According to Morgan Brashear, who heads up consumer insights & products research at P&G, the key ingredient in the Magic Eraser (and similar products such as the Easy Erasing Pad) is melamine foam. Although this substance might feel soft in your hand, at the microscopic level, melamine consists of tiny fibers that are almost as hard as glass. Because of their small size, strands of melamine can easily fit into the tiny grooves and pits of just about any surface you want to scour, removing gunk that shouldn't be there. And because the filaments are so small, they won't mess with the actual surface you're trying to clean.In essence, the Magic Eraser works like extremely fine sandpaper—tough on stains, but gentle on what's underneath.

Magic Eraser uses around the house

There are a gazillion dirty things the Magic Eraser can clean. Here are some of them: 

 Kids' crayon art on walls 

 Grease and rust on kitchen sinks 

 Grease and grime on the stovetop, backsplash tile, and grout 

 Soap scum on shower doors 

 Bathtub rings 

 Scuffs and dirt on base molding and toe kicks 

 Ash buildup on fireplace mantel 

 Smudges on light switches and plates (best to use the pad dry rather than wet around electric lights) 

 Dirty tennis/running shoes 

 Coffee/tea stains in mugs and glass pots 

 Wine stains on coasters 

 Dried paint on hardware like hinges and knobs 

 Tarnish on silver (use some elbow grease) 

Spatters inside the microwave 

 Adhesive after tearing off stickers 

 Gunky range hoods Grills with baked-on sauce 

 Toilet bowl rings 

 Bird poop on cement and porcelain birdbaths 

 Crud around washing machine detergent wells 

 Grass stains on shoes and boots 

 Mildew on patio furniture, tents, and plastic play sets 

 Permanent marker on laminate surfaces 

 Bugs on car windshields and grilles 

 Fingerprints on computer keys and mouse (use dry) 

 Grime and God-knows-what-else on kids' plastic toys (be sure to rinse thoroughly) 

 Starch and other gunk on irons 

 Marker residue on dry-erase boards 

 Algae on the inside of fish tanks and birdbaths 

Water stains and mold on the inside of plastic pools 

 6 things not to clean with the Magic Eraser 

 The Magic Eraser isn’t good for everything. The product’s abrasive fibers can scratch or damage certain surfaces, including the following: 

 Boat and car finishes 

 Nonstick coating on pots and pans 

Vinyl-coated fabric 

 Stainless-steel appliances and anything with a high gloss 

 Granite and marble counters—these sponges can remove the sealant, making the surface dull 

 Human skin—weird, we know, but people are willing to try anything in their quest for a great exfoliant (It burns or abrades skin, so use it to clean only your house)

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