10 April 2006

Magic Eraser

Jen has discovered the magic in the Magic Eraser:

My daughter was recently given an easel with a dry-erase board on one side. She scribbled all over it with crayon and when I went to clean it off, the marks proved to be quite stubborn. After trying spray cleaner, soap/water and considerable elbow grease with no success, I remembered the Magic Eraser - a microfine sponge that's a wonder on hard surfaces. It worked like, well, magic! It's also great for removing juice stains from plastic cups and poster paint "ghost clouds" from linoleum (not recommended for use on wooden play furniture though - it'll gently sand off the clear topcoat).

In the states I think there's a Mr. Clean branded magic eraser, and here in the UK I got mine from Woolworth's. I find that having one around pre-empts the worst of my clean-up stress, so my daughter and I can both enjoy her playtime. Hope that's of use to someone else!

I've used Magic Erasers on wall and floor scuffs with good success. Any other suggestions?

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I use those things on a daily basis. I LOVE them!

Also works with Sharpies on walls, although after a good scrubing, some of the paint comes with it too.

Becareful though... although it is very magical, it does have some harsh chemical in it, so monitor kids' exposure.

It works wonders... I actually have to get a new one... thanks for the heads up

It really makes plastic toys from rummage sales shine. Gets scuffs out that look like they'd never come off. Love those sponges!

For crayon on painted surfaces that might be damaged by the Magic Eraser, you can use WD-40, a common automotive spray. (You can probably find it in the automotive section of the grocery store.)

Apparently Magic Eraser does not contain chemicals at all, unless you count the fact that it is made out of chemicals. The Materials Safety Data Sheet on the Proctor Gamble website claims the worst that can happen is that you eat Magic Eraser and it gets stuck in your throat. Do not feed Magic Eraser to your offspring.

To clarify, Magic Eraser is a chemical polymer, like plastic is a polymer. So it is presumably pretty safe.

In addition to all the wonderful uses already mentioned, I use mine in the kitchen sink (shines the heck out of the stainless steel) and places around the house that have a texture to them like the fridge and oven handle and our wacky tub surround.

I use them to clean white sneakers. My girls are leather Keds wearers (they look good with everything) and the Magic Eraser works wonders. I usually save the older ones for this since by the time I am finished the Eraser is pretty much shot.

I've used the Magic Eraser to get the color out of a curry stain on linoleum after using a citrus cleaner to cut through the greasy component of the stain. (Turmeric is not a lightfast dye, our kitchen floor doesn't see much natural sunlight due to the floor plan.)

Most of my Magic Eraser use is on the patio -- it cleans Little Tikes toys more quickly than anything else I've used and tore through the greasy dirt stains on our patio furniture.

I use the magic eraser to clean the soap scum from the glass shower screen and the bathroom basin comes up a treat.

After two days oof scrubbing my 40 year old bathtub with EVERYTHING I could find, I remembered the magic eraser I had tucked away. I got it out, used it and WOW! It was WONDERFUL!!! I regret that I didn't try it sooner, it would have saved me considerable time and effort. I can't say enough good things about them.

After reading the post, I tried the generic version of these and they work great!

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