I just discovered a cleaner that works wonders! You can buy this cleaning aid for as little as 48 cents in bulk or as much as $.175 at the grocery store, but either way it is a cleaning aid that really works.
Do you know what a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is? It looks like a white foam block about the size of a blackboard eraser. Today I was reading an ad about the fabulous cleaning abilities of a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I was pretty skeptical.
I’ve read about lots of products that can magically clean that turn out to NOT be so great. However, I happened to have a couple of Magic Erasers under my bathroom sink (I had purchased them a few years ago but hadn’t actually tried them.)
The first thing I tried was the top of my husband’s water cooler. My hubby works in VERY dirty and greasy environments and I’ve tried everything to clean his water cooler – soap and water, degreaser, baking soda. Nothing works. So, I figured this would be a good test.
I took the magic eraser, wet it and then rubbed it on half of the lid. You can see the results in the picture. OK, I was pretty impressed. I thought, well, maybe the dirt wasn’t really so bad. I tried to wash the still dirty half with soap and water and a sponge and nothing happened. Then I used the Magic Eraser on the still dirty half and, again, like magic – poof, it was gone. Wow.
I started to do some research and discovered the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are just blocks of melamine foam. The foam is used for soundproofing, but because of the properties of this material, it makes a great cleaner. It works well on hard surfaces that won’t scratch. The foam is like tiny sandpaper. It magically gets marks off painted walls and uneven surfaces. The foam blocks don’t require soap. Just add a bit of water to the sponge and rub.
After my great results on the water cooler, I got rid of several big black scuff marks on my walls that I had given up on. Melamine foam also works on crayon on the walls. You do have to be careful because it will also take off the gloss and patterns so try it out on a hidden area first.
The blocks don’t last long. They are pretty soft and can only hold up to a few uses. A two pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers at CVS is $3.49 ($1.75 each). A 30 pack of generic melamine foam on Amazon.com is $14.50 (48cents each). So, you can save by buying in bulk. I wouldn’t use this for all my cleaning, but it does work well on certain materials. You just have to try and see.
Oh, and by the way, per Snopes.com, Magic Erasers are NOT toxic. However, the super fine fibers will cause distress to the skin if rubbed for a prolong time – so even though they seem soft, they are not a toy for kids.
One of the most magical properties of the Magic Eraser is that it makes you WANT to go around your house looking for smudges and dirty surfaces to clean. Now THAT is magic, indeed!
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