If only there was a way to magically erase all your household cleaning problems...
Presenting the magic eraser!
A magic eraser is an essential tool in every home, and today we're showing you why! Whether its a small scratch or seemingly undefeatable dirt and grime, a magic eraser will get your home clean in no time.
What is a magic eraser?
You may have heard of Magic Erasers before, but to most of us, they'll still a bit of a mystery. You'll find magic erasers in the cleaning kits of most US' households - Mr. Clean is the most famous of brands - but in the UK they're not as common.
The name itself promises a lot, but what is it exactly that makes these erasers so magical?
Magic erasers are made from melamine foam, a material that's often used to sound-proof recording studios. When melamine is combined with other chemicals to form a magic eraser, a very tight, hard 'foam' is formed. When this is used on surfaces, it acts as a very gentle, fine sandpaper that removes stains and traps dirt particles.
Are magic erasers toxic?
Using something that describes itself as 'sandpaper' around your home and even on your skin may seem disconcerting, and, over the years, there have been rumours that magic erasers may not be safe to use.
This is primarily because of the ingredient formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer - we know, a bit of a mouthful! Formaldehyde itself is, in fact, dangerous, however, magic erasers don't contain any of this - it just happens to appear in the name of another compound. Consider it much like the difference between sodium and sodium chloride, of which one is dangerous, and the other is eaten as table salt.
The ingredients in a magic eraser are safe for their intended use, and have been used for many years in other cleaning products.
How to use a magic eraser
1. Clean a stainless steel sink
Remember the days when your sink used to sparkle and reflect light around the whole kitchen?
It can do so again! A magic eraser can be used to gently scrub your stainless steel sink clean, removing tarnishing and grime to leave it spotless.
Watch the video above to see the results for yourself.
2. Scuff marks on walls
How do all those scuff marks end up on our walls?
It's a mystery...however all isn't lost as we have a handy way to remove them.
Using a magic eraser, of course - a few buffs and your walls will be looking better than ever.
3. Clean glass windows
If your DIY vinegar solution isn't quite cutting it, a magic eraser could help you get your windows clean.
Don't worry about leaving scratches - it'll only buff away dirt and grime on the surface of the pane.
Magic erasers work on most glass surfaces, and are particularly handy for removing stuck-on bugs from your windscreen.
4. Remove rust
Rust can appear in some really surprising places around the home: on shower hinges, appliances, and even cooking pans!
Remove rust the easy with, with your magic eraser.
5. Remove sticker residue
If you like to recycle old jars for your own homemade sauces and jams, you'll know all about sticky sticker residue and how difficult it can be to remove.
Put the sponge down - there's finally an easier way to do it!
A magic eraser will make light work of even the stickiest labels.
6. Remove stains on fabric
If you've washed a stain into your white top, you may think there's no rescuing it.
That's where a magic eraser comes in!
Use a magic eraser lightly on the stain, and it will physically remove it from the fabric - who'd have thought it?
7. Scrub grout
Cleaning your grout is something we always recommend including in a deep clean.
Without the right tools and knowledge, it can be a pretty tough task - that's why we suggest using a magic eraser.
They're particularly good on really discoloured or mouldy grout, as they will completely lift it away.
Don't forget to check out our other favourite method for cleaning shower grout too!
8. Buff your headlights
Visibility should never be underestimated, and just because your lights are working, it doesn't mean they're performing their best.
Next time you clean your car, give your headlights a good buff with a magic eraser. It will remove even the most unnoticeable patches of dirt and prevent your headlights from fogging.
9. Clean your toilet
Could a magic eraser help you clean your toilet without doing any work?
We've never tried this tip, but other people claim that if you lodge a magic eraser in the toilet tank, each flush will gain cleaning power thanks to the abrasive nature of the particles that are released.
This is definitely worth a go!
10. Spot clean the carpet
Cream carpets are always a risk, especially if you have kids, pets, or parties at home.
Carpet stains are one of our biggest fears, but don't let that stop you enjoying your home. A magic eraser can be used to spot clean your carpet, and is capable of removing even the toughest of stains like red wine.
11. Remove paint
Got a bit carried away with your DIY? If you've botched a paint job, there may still be hope!
Dried paint is no match for the sandpaper-like texture of a magic eraser.
They're also great for enhancing completed paint jobs, by adding a subtle, shabby-chic effect.
12. Clean soap scum
Go at soap scum with a standard sponge or cloth, and you'll be there for ages!
What you need is something a little tougher - what you need is a magic eraser.
13. Get silver that sparkles
If you're lucky enough to have some silver ornaments, cutlery or jewellery at home, you should always have a magic eraser to hand in your cleaning cupboard.
Use it in small circles to remove tarnish and discolouration and get your silver sparkling like you won't believe!
14. How to remove marker, pen & crayon marks
One word: kids.
If you have them, you'll know marker, pen and crayon marks and almost impossible to prevent. When they do eventually happen, there's no need to panic - a magic eraser will lift marker stains off almost any surface!
15. Clean cabinet doors
Cabinets in the kitchen can get surprisingly dirty. This is mainly due to the evaporation of all those gorgeous cooking juices.
Magic erasers are really handy for cleaning cabinet doors, and will cut through dirt an grime in no time.
16. Remove paint stains on skin
Yes, you can even use magic erasers on skin!
The gentle sandpaper-effect is great for removing things like paint or ink stains, and even super glue.
17. Clean canvas shoes
Let's face it - our white canvas shoe soles don't stay that way for long.
Even if you promise yourself to only wear them in nice weather, the soles will pick up scuffs and stains from seemingly nowhere. These are surprisingly tricky to get rid of, as they're often embedded in the rubber itself.
Here's where our trusty magic eraser comes in once again. Use it to gently buff aways all those marks and leaves your soles spotless.
18. Clean leather
When it comes to cleaning leather, there aren't that many options that can both do the job and preserve the material.
One thing that can is a magic eraser - we're starting to think they really are magic!
19. Clean granite
Granite surfaces look beautiful, but they can be hard to maintain as the porous nature of the stone actually absorbs stains.
Similarly to leather, you have to be careful what you use on granite as it can be easily damaged. A magic eraser will gently buff away the stain and leave your granite clean.
NOTE: DO NOT use a magic eraser on glossy granite! They may irreversibly damage the finish.
No matter how often you wash your hands, the contact of typing alone will make your keyboard grubby over time.
A magic eraser's all you need to clean keys and get them white again.
21. Coffee & tea stains
If you take your tea super strong, or perhaps don't rinse it after every cup, you'll notice stains begin to appear over time.
These can be pretty stubborn, unless you use a magic eraser, that is!
Whiteboards are perhaps not something all of us own, but if you use one regularly at work, you'll know how messy they can get.
Standard erasers are often not enough to completely lift the marks left by pens, but there's something that is - a magic eraser. Swap one for your standard whiteboard eraser and get your board squeaky clean.
We predict an increase in magic eraser sales after this blog post! Do you have any of your own uses to add? Let us know in the commemts below.