6 Amazing Things You Can Do With a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Why does it seem that every, single mess my kids make takes me hours to clean up? I find myself muttering under my breath, “How can such little kids possibly make such big messes?” With them, I usually need more than a combo of hot water, soap and sponge or scrub brush. (And go figure, I recently learned that Coca-Cola or coffee grounds can help tackle some of life’s biggest messes. Whoo hoo. New cleaning hacks discovered!)
But one of my favorite Mom go-to products is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It’s easy to find at your local Walmart or Target, and it can help with pretty much anything my kids throw at it. Crayons on the wall, shoe-scuffed floors, spilled juice, etc. It’s a troublesome stain remover and much more.
But what exactly makes it “magic?” Let’s find out:
The Magic Eraser's anatomy
According to ApartmentTherapy.com, the "Eraser" is a sponge made with Durafoam material, first released by Procter & Gamble in 2003. It's stayed popular ever since for one big reason: You don't need to add soap, detergent or even water (though adding a bit of agua is quite helpful). The primary building block of Durafoam, a basic compound called melamine, is a powerful nitrogen-heavy solvent.
Magic Erasers contain two other notable ingredients: sodium bisulfite and formaldehyde. Before you freak out and think, "Isn’t that the stuff that taxidermists use?" - it's important to note that the latter chemical loses its toxicity and becomes a resin when combined with melamine. The sodium bisulfite, meanwhile, fortifies the resin. (Ok, enough Chemistry 101 talk, I promise.)
Amazing applications of the Magic Eraser
So how does the Magic Eraser clean? Oh let me count the ways:
1. Eliminate permanent ink
Parents with messy youngsters are going to love the Magic Eraser. Pen? Marker? Sharpie? One of those big ugly markers stressing how permanent it is? All treatable.
2. Clean baseboards
Baseboards lose their luster when they become "bruised and battered” with the wear and tear of time and 3 kids. Wipe them clean in no time with the Magic Eraser.
3. Scuff stuff
Good luck counting the number of ways the walls, floors and other surfaces of your house can become scuffed. Fortunately, they're easily cleaned with this singular super-sponge, like they were never there.
4. Intense food stains
Everyone forgets to use a coaster under their morning cup of joe – which causes an unsightly ring - or gets pasta sauce on the backsplash while cooking. Magic Eraser to the rescue!
5. Computer touch-up
According to my favorite blog, OneCrazyMom.com, you can remove grime from in between computer keys or around the margins of laptop click-pads with the Magic Eraser - but use it sparingly to avoid erasing lettering from the surface.
6. Microwave messes
Your favorite kitchen appliance is definitely prone to messes, particularly after heating up liquids. Use the Magic Eraser every so often to quickly get rid of leftover splatters.
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