Magic Erasers – Why they are magic? @SavvyCleaner

magic eraser, why it's magic A Brown, The House Cleaning Guru

I accidentally used Clorox bleach and Magic Erasers, will I be okay?

@SavvyCleaner by Angela Brown

Magic Erasers RedThey designed Magic Erasers for you to use without chemicals. They are often best used with just water. Assuming your sink is ceramic or porcelain, the use of  a Magic Eraser would be fine. If you have a stainless steel sink, a more preferable cleaning solution is a no scratch scrub sponge, like a Scotch Brite with a dab of Dawn Dish soap. That will take off any grease, hair dye, sticky residue, soap scum, food debris etc. Stainless steel has a shine that can be dulled with Magic Erasers.

Magic Erasers are super fun to use. I love them but mostly for smudge prints on white doors around door handles, switch plates for lights, and under the rims of toilets. A wet eraser sponge works best, but because they are slightly abrasive, they also work well when dry. I wouldn’t add any other cleaning solutions while using a Magic Eraser.

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Magic Erasers suggests there is no harm in what you did, so you should be okay.

What’s in those Magic Erasers?

Here is a great breakdown of the chemicals included in a magic eraser by Wired Magazine Magic Erasers Combo Pack

Magic erasers by themselves appear to harmless to people when used as directed.

Here is a note from Proctor & Gamble the creators of Magic Eraser:

The ingredients in Magic Eraser have been safely and commonly used for many years in a wide range of household products.
In fact, no ingredients in Magic Eraser are subject to any health-related labeling laws in North America or in the European Union.
We hope you find this information reassuring. You can continue to use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with full confidence in its performance and safety for you and members of your family. For additional information, please call Magic Eraser support at 1-800-867-2532.

So what makes the Magic Erasers magic?

The use of the word magic is a marketing ploy – and a brilliant one at that. With a bit of elbow grease, Magic Erasers can make grime, dirt, fingerprints, grease and other gunk disappear.

The sponges themselves disintegrate after one or two uses and that’s sort of magical I suppose. “Use this and watch the dirt and the sponge disappear before your very eyes.”

Common errors caused by Magic Erasers

  • Using Magic Erasers on colored flat paint will erase some of the paint.
  • Magic Erasers on leather will dull the finish of the leather – don’t do it.
  • The use of Magic Erasers on shiny finishes can dull the finish.
  • Using Magic Erasers to remove gunk from the surface of wooden kitchen cabinets can erase the shiny varnish.
  • Leaving them out where a dog can chew on them can cause the dog to choke.

Consumer product package has the following precautionary statement: “Caution: keep out of reach of children. Keep out of reach of toddlers and pets to avoid accidental ingestion. Do not use on skin or other parts of the body. Using on skin will likely cause abrasions.”

29 uses for magic erasers Angela Brown The House Cleaning Guru

29 Amazing uses for Magic Erasers

  1. Greasy hood ranges over kitchen stoves
  2. White high gloss painted areas like door jams
  3. Window sills, metal doors (garage doors)
  4. Plastic light switches
  5. Plastic children’s toys
  6. Plastic lawn furniture
  7. Sticky fingerprints off piano keys
  8. Scum build up from the center wringer in washing machines
  9. Plastic dog bones and animal chew toys
  10. Food splatters from inside the microwave
  11. Crayon marks from walls and flooring
  12. Gunk from vinyl flooring
  13. Hairspray residue from fiberglass or marble bathtubs and sinks
  14. Grass stains from tennis shoes
  15. Scuffs from hard shell luggage
  16. Dried food and bugs from faux window blinds
  17. Black scuff marks from hardwood floors
  18. Sticky food and drink residue from kids car seats
  19. Magic marker residue from whiteboards
  20. Tire rims and whitewalls
  21. Rust stains from shaving cans in showers
  22. Burned gunk on pot, pans and crockpots
  23. Mold off vinyl siding
  24. Ring around the bathtub
  25. Soap and scale scum from shower glass doors
  26. Coffee stains from mugs & coffee pots
  27. Algae build up inside vases of living plants
  28. Remove under the rim of the toilet crud
  29. Soap scum build up on the door of front load washing machines.

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