Well, do you?? :-)
I actually had never given it much thought. I thought the whole concept sounded weird…and just never thought to try one out.
I can’t remember what it was that prompted me to buy a couple of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers…I think it was an email suggestion. But basically the two erasers I bought have been sitting under my kitchen sink for a couple of months now…never seeing the light of day. That is until a few days ago when No. 2 son was looking for something to clean his golf shoes with. I wasn’t really sure what to tell him and then I remembered the magic erasers under the sink and told him to try one of those. Wow! It really WAS like MAGIC!
Since then I’ve been looking into other uses for these little rectangles of wonder and have discovered a whole PLETHORA of uses that I can’t wait to try out.
My favorite so far is SCUFFS ON WALLS AND BASEBOARDS! I have them all over this house! And I just figured I needed to set aside a weekend and REPAINT all of them. Au contraire! My baseboards (at least the ones I got to before the 2 erasers I had disintegrated) look practically brand new! There are a few chips here and there…but those will be infinitely easier to take care of than an entire re-paint job.
As excited as I was to learn what I could CLEAN with these magical bars….I was equally interested in just HOW these babies work?? How come they seem to perform MAGICAL acts of cleaning??
The answer was pretty darn interesting. I will attempt to explain as simply as I can, some of the “science” behind the “magic”.
“Magic” erasers are actually made of Melamine foam which has been used for over 20 years as insulation for pipes and ductwork, and as soundproofing material for studios, and sound stages.
About 10 years ago someone discovered that this melamine foam was also an effective abrasive cleaner. (Not sure how they discovered that.) Apparently, when melamine resin cures into foam, its microstructure becomes almost as hard as glass — causing it to act like a SUPER-fine sandpaper on stains. But what REALLY gives it “magical” powers is the open microstructure of the melamine foam which literally pulls the dirt that has been loosened into the open spaces and traps it there. MAGICAL.
About the only drawback I found with regards to these erasers is that much like PENCIL erasers…they will break down and fall apart as they are used.
Now, if you’re worried about whether melamine foam is SAFE to be using in your home….wonder no more.
Here are the facts.
- The ingredients in Magic Eraser have been safely and commonly used for many years in a wide range of household products and are considered non-toxic.
- No ingredients are subject to any health-related labeling laws in North America or in Europe.
- Formaldehyde is not and never has been an ingredient in Magic Eraser. One ingredient in Magic Eraser (formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer) contains the word “formaldehyde” in its chemical name. However, this ingredient is not formaldehyde and poses no health or safety risks.
- Remove marker, pen and crayons off the walls and furniture
- Remove sticker and label residue.
- Cleans notoriously hard-to-clean fiberglass shower floors.
- Silver polisher. Removes tarnish from jewelry and silver utensils.
- Cleans residue off dry erase marker boards. (Even when someone accidentally uses a permanent marker on them!)
- Removes scuffs, pen marks and dirt build up on leather couches, shoes, purses and luggage.
- Cleans granite countertops and other finished stone surfaces
- Removes spray paint from vandals (or mischievous 3 year olds!)
- Safely cleans keyboards, monitors, flat screen TV’s.
- Soap scum from shower and glass door.
- Stains on clothing!
- Tile grout!
- Cleans stovetops.
- Coffee stains, koolaid stains, etc. on counter tops
- Microfiber couches!
- Cleans up scuffs on shoes and scuffs LEFT from shoes on the floor.
- Cleans your plastic and metal patio furniture
- Great for car interiors and exteriors. Works well on wheels and paint scratches.
- RV’s and Boats….inside and out.
- Removes stuck on bugs from cars, house siding, etc.
- Remove ink and paint stains from hands
I literally could go on and on. There are pages and pages and pages of comments from consumers on the Mr. Clean website extolling the virtues of this versatile sponge. I spent a LONG time (too long!) reading through them and didn’t make a DENT! So if you’re bored someday and contemplating what you can try your magic erasers on next….there’s plenty of material there!
I personally can’t wait to go buy some more sponges today and continue my baseboard project. How crazy is that?? :-)