There is one humble cleaning tool my home is never without…a Mr. Clean magic eraser. With three boys and numerous pets to clean up after, magic erasers are a game-changer when it comes to keeping my home (and yard) squeaky clean. Here are over 60 magic eraser uses for the home and yard.
Magic Eraser Uses For The Home And Yard
What’s So ‘Magic’ About a Magic Eraser?
Denser than an average cleaning sponge. Abrasive, yet not scratchy like sandpaper. Zero waste because it disappears as you use it. The magic eraser is truly a magical cleaning wonder! (Cue the superhero music).
Well…they’re not really magical. Magic erasers (melamine foam) have actually been in use for over twenty years. The squishy white substance has been widely used as insulation for pipes and soundproofing. Only recently, (in the last ten years or so) did some super-smart person discover melamine foam had the potential to replace virtually every cleaning product in your home.
Oh, and did I mention, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are non-toxic? Which is a really good thing to know if you have kids or pets who like to go behind you as you clean and lick/touch counters, floors, and doorknobs (ahem…my youngest son)!
Seriously, I’d like to meet whoever unearthed this life-changing discovery. I’d give him/her a great big hug!
BTW…have you ever tried to set a magic eraser on fire? It literally can’t be done!
Generic or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
The only downfall to using a magic eraser for cleaning everything from toilets to teetertotters is the cost involved. If you purchase an 8-pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on Amazon (with coupon) you’ll pay $5.99 for 8 sponges measuring 4.6 X 2.3 X 1 inches each. This averages out to about $.75 per sponge.
On the other hand, you can also pick up a 20 pack of these generic magic erasers for just $6.95 (which are a little shorter but thicker than the Mr. Clean version). Which, according to my math brain will cost you less than $.35 per sponge.
While I have yet to do an official comparison of the generic melamine foam sponge versus the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, I’ve used both in the past with good results. The main difference between the two is that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers come in a variety of forms, e.g. textured, scrub pads. Some of them even come infused with a cleaning product. While the generic version is just a plain-Jane piece of foam.
Tip: Cut a magic eraser in four pieces to get more use out of each sponge. They really will last longer!
Magic Eraser Uses For the Home:
- Remove scuff marks…from EVERYTHING shoes, walls, tables, floors
- Clean your stovetop
- Oven (inside and out)
- Make whiteboard white again (even removes permanent marker)
- Clean keyboards, mouses, and computers (not the screen, though)
- Game systems, DVD players, okay, pretty much ALL electronics
- Bathroom Sink
- Shower doors
- Around Drains
- Medicine cabinet (in and out)
- Toothbrush Holders
- Removes coffee/tea stains from countertops and tables
- Cleans the entire refrigerator (even the seals)
- Dishwasher (inside and out)
- Clean spots off of glasses/dishes/silverware
- Kid’s Toys
- Grout Seams
- Microwave (inside and out)
- Removes Kid’s ‘Artwork’ from walls, doors, floors…etc.
- Sticker and Label Residue
- Stains on Clothing (test first)
- Stains from Furniture and Carpet (test first)
- Hair Dye (from countertops, walls, floors, and cabinets) Sorry…magic erasers will not remove hair dye from your head…you did that to yourself, you’ll have to live with it. 🙂
- Dried Nail Polish
- Doorknobs and Hinges
- Light Switches
- Cell Phone and Tablet Cases
- Ceiling/Floor Fans
- Dried Paint
- Curling/Flat Iron
- Stains on Coasters
- Dish Drying Racks
- Crock Pot/Instant Pot
- Greasy Cabinets
- Baking Sheets
- Caked-on Foods On Pans and Tupperware
- Ink on Hands
Magic Eraser Uses In The Yard
- Bug Guts On Cars (test first)
- Mildew On Plastic Surfaces
- Boat Seats
- Boat Exterior
- Outdoor Furniture
- Remove Rust
- Plastic Storage Containers
- Pool Liner
- Bikes (Even the wheels)
- Car Headlights
- AC Unit
- Outdoor Decor
- Window Screens
- Garbage Cans
- Porch Railings
Know of any magic eraser uses that I forgot to mention? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list!