Does It Really Do That? Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser

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His smiling face has graced the bottles of cleaning products for Proctor & Gamble for 50-plus years. Now Mr. Clean is best known for a piece of melamine foam.

It's called Magic Eraser...a white, cleaning stick you moisten with water then use to wipe up stains.

Michelle Defaria says it's her number one cleaning tool. She demonstrates how quick and easy it is to remove a scuff from this vinyl floor in the kitchen then tackle a mark on a refrigerator door. Plus, you can completely eliminate an old stain in a utility room, leaving a drastic contrast on the floor.

It also erased a red mark which has been on the wall for years.
Michelle says, "Overall I think it's a great product. I don't like to use a lot of chemicals when I'm cleaning so I love it... that you can just use water."

The teachers at Primrose School in Colorado Springs also use Magic Eraser. Tina McKenzie showed us how easily it wipes out what colored markers leave behind as well as crayons.

Tina says, "We clean up markers, we clean up crayons. Kids love to color on the tables. We get that good and clean, paint... anything that the kids are playing with that we can't get off other ways, we use our magic erasers."

Proctor & Gamble says they've heard from thousands of satisfied customers who use the Mr. Clean product everyday in their kitchens. One drawback we noticed, it starts to crumble after several uses like a pencil eraser. P&G says that's just the way it works. An abrasive built into the eraser simply erodes over time.

I'm also told to be sure to go back and wipe whatever surface you've erased to get rid of crumbled chunks. That way they can't swallowed by a child or pet.

Some Internet sites claim the foam is dangerous because it's made with formaldehyde, but Proctor & Gamble tells me that's not true. Formaldehyde has never been an ingredient in the eraser.

The product also removes annoying scuffs on white leather shoes and kills the scum that builds up on glass shower doors. But this isn't a miracle eraser. Read the directions and note which surfaces not to try. In some cases, it'll actually remove the paint from your walls.

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