Miracle Cleaners

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, OxiClean, DiDi Seven Ultra - these three products are advertised as do-it-all cleaners. Consumer Reports tested to see if they live up to their claims.

"Introducing Mr. Clean Magic Eraser". This commercial says all you have to do is wet the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and you can wipe away all kinds of marks and grime from all kinds of surfaces.

Consumer Reports' Rich Handel went to work to see how well the new Mr. Clean cleans.

First stop - some marks on a wall. They disappeared. Next - some filth on the front of a refrigerator. "It's a little easier on the refrigerator. It came off more quickly."

As for greasy handprints, Rich found the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser did a good job on those too.

Then Consumer Reports marked paint strips with black crayon to check another Mr. Clean claim. Though it took some work, Aminata Ndiaye eventually got the crayon off. But Mr. Clean warns against using it on glossy or satin paint because it can mar the finish.

Consumer Reports' Joan Muratore tested two other do-it-all cleaners - OxiClean and DiDi Seven Ultra.

She subjected them to a variety of tough fabric stains - ketchup, mustard, lipstick, Coke, chocolate syrup, salad dressing, red wine and ballpoint pen.

Once she'd pretreated the stains with the cleaners, the fabric swatches went in the washing machine.

Nearly all the swatches came out cleaner. Most looked white again. But neither OxiClean nor DiDi Seven Ultra could remove everything.

"There were a couple of stains they couldn't get out very well. One of them was pen, you see here, Another was lipstick, here."

Bottom line - Consumer Reports says you count on these do-it-all cleaners to a lot, but not everything.


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