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

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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  • by CHRIS Location: CSPRINGS on Nov 17, 2009 at 09:56 PM
  • by Bob Location: COS on Nov 17, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    I use Spongebob for most of my cleaning. Patrick works well in the corners and Krabs is good for scraping.
  • by Sandra Location: C/S on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    I don't like the "magic eraser". It falls apart way to fast and is way to expensive to have to replace everytime I want to deep clean. I think that a sponge/scrubber works just as well and you can get a pack of 3 for $1 at the Dollar Tree :)
  • by Missy Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 17, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    I LOVE my magic eraser! It's awesome for getting my tub perfect! It's the best new household cleansing product in 15 years.
  • by Dan Location: Springs on Nov 17, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    To say that only water is used and no chemicals are necessary is pretty ignorant. Does Michelle really think it's just a piece of inert foam? The Magic Eraser is full of chemicals. Read the label! Second, the "reporter" used a lot of anecdotal proof. If she wants to answer the question as to whether it really worked, she should have actually tried it on a variety of stains and marks.
  • by John Location: Fountain on Nov 17, 2009 at 04:18 AM
    The "Does It Really Do That?" segment is little more than extended product advertising. How do you select "Does It Really Do That?" candidates? This feature seems to lack any substantive purpose. You will most likely lose my interest during these segments if they continue looking like an infomercial.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:54 PM
    Slow News Day I suppose... BUT I love mine!
  • by Mary Lu Location: Pueblo, Colorado on Nov 16, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    I have used Magic Eraser for several years. It is great for cleaning plastic lawn furniture,( ours sat under a Pecan tree when we lived in Texas) Corning Ware type stove tops and Corning Ware baking dishes and tea pots. Cleans tops of Washers and Dryers too. Gets rid of rust spots! I think it is well worth the money. Try it on White Walled tires!
  • by Fran Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 16, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    I've used this product since it first came out. No, it won't take out every mark and it does have a shorter life span, but if it won't clean a mark, the mark is probably uncleanable so stop wasting your time. I've cleaned walls, car surfaces inside and out, shoes, floors, etc., etc. and have been amazed every time at what it will remove. I only use it for something tough, so the bricks last long enough to suit me. One of the best cleaning products to come along in a long time!
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