Cast A Cleaning Spell With 20+ Great Ways To Use Magic Erasers

Diply 4 Oct 2018

We've come up with some pretty amazing modern advancements in cleaning, but nothing comes close to the coolness of a Magic Eraser.

It looks like a pretty normal piece of foam, but at a microscopic level, it's full of particles as hard as glass. Basically, it's sandpaper in the form of foam.

Which reminds me to note that you should always test an unseen spot before going to town on an item. The abrasive could ruin some paints and finishes. And start with a light touch, rubbing only the dirty spot. It's easier to do a second pass with the eraser than it is to repaint your wall.

1. Save money by cutting them into multiple pieces.

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Magic Erasers aren't cheap and they get used up quickly. It can be easy to use up more than you wanted, so if you cut them up, you can use just as much as intended and stretch out the life of the box.

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2. Get unwanted art off the walls.

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I can't write a list of ways to use one of these without starting with the classic. Magic Erasers will get crayon of the walls easily. Depending on the paint, you could end up with a dull spot in the finish, but use a light touch and it should be minimal.

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3. Take permanent marker off customized glasses. 

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Maybe you tried a DIY with Sharpies and it didn't turn out quite right or maybe you just wanted to label glasses for a party, but a Magic Eraser will take the marker right off.

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4. Clean all that buildup off your flat iron. 

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It's gross, but that scum that appears on your hair straightener is a mix of products and hair grease. Do you really want to keep heating it up and running it over your hair? A light cleaning with a Magic Eraser will get it off.

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5. Get the grime off your plastic outdoor goods. 

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Lawn chairs, vinyl fences, flower pots, etc. If it's outside, it's going to need cleaning regularly. Most dirt may come off with a quick hose down, but for that stubborn stuff, use an eraser.

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6. Make your favorite sneakers look new again. 

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Not only will the eraser get the rubber soles looking shiny again, but it'll even get the stains out of the fabric. Use it for the worst spots, and then toss the shoes in the wash for a final soap and rinse.

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7. Clean discolored grout.

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Grout is always a pain to clean. A Magic Eraser won't save your knees from kneeling, but it'll speed up the process quite a bit. If you're worried about marring your tile, cut the eraser into skinny pieces.

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8. Make your laptop look like new.

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It'll even clean a yucky power cord. Be sure to test this on a small spot first since some laptop materials may scratch easily.

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9. Remove the dinginess from a leather couch. 

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Sometimes, you don't realize how dirty something is until you start to clean it. After finishing, you may wish to reapply a leather conditioner, as the eraser will probably have removed what was there.

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10. Remove old greaser stains from baking dishes. 

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Does it seem like no matter how thoroughly you clean them, you can't avoid those brownish clumps of burnt grease? A Magic Eraser will get that off easily.

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11. Remove scratches from butcher block counters and cutting boards. 

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This tip from copycatchic is one I need to remember. After buffing away the scuffs with the eraser, you'll need to recondition the wood.

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12. Finally get rid of that ring around your sink's drain.

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Gunk just likes to get trapped in the grooves around the drain, even if you clean your sink regularly. When it's reached the point of no return, rub a Magic Eraser into the ring to get rid of it.

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13. Revive tomato-stained plastic containers.

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I try to only store leftover pasta dishes or tomato sauce in glass containers, but sometimes you only have plastic available and tomatoes love plastic. They like to leave their mark. Hello, Magic Eraser!

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14. Get hair dye stains out of your sink and tub.

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We all do our best to not drip while we dye our hair, but sometimes, it's unavoidable. If you didn't manage to clean it up before it stained, an eraser will do the job.

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15. Clean your leather purses and straps. 

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The bags we carry with us everywhere tend to collect dirt and dust over time. Lightly rubbing a Magic Eraser over the shoulder strap and body can clean it up. This'll also work for canvas bags or lots of other materials. Just be sure to test first.

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16. Polish silver that's gone beyond a little tarnish. 

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If you're cleaning and using your silver regularly, a Magic Eraser is probably more oomph than you need, but for that set you found in an attic or bought at a thrift market, it can remove years of tarnish.

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17. Get weird, unknown stains off your counters. 

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Maybe someone spilled something years ago. Maybe it was the previous owners. Before replacing the whole thing, try a Magic Eraser. It may be all you need.

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18. Clean baked-on grime from your oven's window.

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Yes, you probably should have been more diligent about cleaning the inside of that glass, but you weren't, and now it's a weird crust of grease and bits of food that has been heated and cooled over and over to form a hard layer. Use the Magic Eraser.

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19. Clean the handles of your fridge.

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Be honest, when you read that did you realize that you've never thought to do this? Or maybe you've given the handle a quick wipe once or twice. Once the eraser is done with it, you'll realize how dirty it actually was.

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20. Remove the greasy prints left by your furry friends. 

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Have you ever tried to Windex nose prints off a glass door? It works okay, but I find that I have to do a few passes and often still see shadows of the grease. Use an eraser to take the worst bits off before cleaning the whole glass.

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21. Bring that microfiber couch back to life. 

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Microfiber is pretty easy to keep clean, but the "micro" part can trap dirt down in the fibers where a cloth can't reach. Magic Erasers can get in there easily, and you don't need a lot of scrubbing force.

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22. Clean your iron. 

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A dirty iron can ruin your nice clothes. There's nothing like heat-setting a stain to make it permanent. Eek. A soft rub over a damp Magic Eraser will remove the buildup.

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23. Make that plastic garbage bin shine again.

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Not only does the occasional spill make your bin unsightly, but it can trap weird smells, too. Use a Magic Eraser to get out the grime and then hose the bin out before air drying.

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24. You know how I said cutting them up will help save money? Here's an even better way. 

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A Magic Eraser isn't some amazing technology invented by Mr. Clean. It's just melamine foam. Once you know that, then you can easily buy a ton for as little as $10 on Amazon.

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