The Magic Behind The Magic Eraser

by maidstr - November 1, 2017

Magic Eraser - Toronto Home Cleaning

Anyone who has used Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser can attest to the almost magical like ability for this product to remove and clean things as varied as sneakers to soap scum to markers on wall to so many other things.

Curious about what makes Mr. Clean’s ‘Magic Eraser’ so magical? You may be surprised to know that it has nothing to do with magic, and everything to do with basic chemistry.   

 This powerful little scrubber is made entirely of melamine foam-formaldehyde-sodium-bisulfite copolymer, which for the curious, is the same material they use to sound-proof a recording studio or practice hall. Melamine foam is like a ultra fine material, like sandpaper. Basically, the foam scrapes away a very small layer of whatever it is you’re cleaning, exposing the “cleaner” underside, similar to peeling skin.

There was a lot of urban legends about the formaldehyde in Magic Erasers but as per the National Health Institute, Magic Eraser is listed as a non-toxic.

Furthermore, the manufacturer Procter and Gamble states that no ingredients in Magic Eraser are subject to any health-related labeling laws in North America or in the European Union.

With the mystery behind the Magic Eraser unlocked, keep in mind that the best option is to use biodegradable green cleaning products as the first line of defense in your cleaning journey. Save the Magic Eraser for stains that regular household products cannot remove. Furthermore, do not allow children or pets to play withe Magic Erasers – they can cause rashes if rubbed against the skin. And obviously, don’t lick, eat or taste Magic Eraser as that would be both silly and very dangerous!

Top 5 Things Magic Eraser Can Magically Clean

  1. Sneakers – it gets those dingy sneakers sparkly white again
  2. Cleaning permanent marker stains, sharpies and crayons from surfaces
  3. Walls – moving into a new home and walls are kinda gross? Before you re-paint, try using the Magic Eraser. It will make your home look freshly painted
  4. Soap scum in bathtubs
  5. Hair dye and make up stains on bathroom counter tops
  6. Marks on stoves

Best practice after using a Magic Eraser is to wipe with a damp clean rag in order to get rid of any residue. You can purchase packs of Magic Eraser at your grocery store or even online.

Of course, outsourcing your home cleaning is always an option as well. You can always contact us at Maidstr to come and clean your home from top to bottom!