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Rick Dec 29, 2008 06:47 PM

So I had a rust stain in my sink from a cast iron pot I left in the sink overnight, it's been there for a year and I could not get it out! My mother was over last week and told me to try a Magic Eraser and it took it right out, I couldn't believe it. Any other great kitchen type uses for these things? I have some gunk on my glass stove top but am hesitant to use the eraser on it.

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  1. Whosyerkitty Dec 29, 2008 08:10 PM

    Walls. Fingerprints on drawers and the fridge. Your backsplash, it leaves both stainless steel and tile smooth and shiny. Wallpaper, but go gentle.

    Gunk on glass, I'd just clean with Windex and a paper towel. I really like them for the bathroom.

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      lynnlato Dec 30, 2008 05:07 PM

      "Gunk on glass, "...

      Thank u. My son sprayed shower cleaner on my glass front door and back door. I have tried EVERYTHING to get it off, to no avail. There is a film on the glass that remains after soap, water, squidgey, etc. I'm gonna try the magic eraser tomorrow. Wish me luck!

      Does anyone know what the magic is in these little gems? They feel so soft but they must be abrasive.

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        Divamac Jan 2, 2009 09:00 AM

        They are abrasive. I use them to clean scrapes and smudges from my walls (flat paint) and they are pretty amazing. But you do need to be gently. But it's like using extremely fine sandpaper - you are removing material. I will have o try it on my sink. Maybe even on my already-scratched stainless cooktop. Might buff out some of the scratches.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine...

    2. Vetter Dec 29, 2008 08:34 PM

      Works great on the slightly textured white exterior of my fridge. I really like it on textured surfaces like that.

      1. maplesugar Dec 29, 2008 08:37 PM

        I have three kids under 7. I LOVE Magic Erasers! They are great for sink issues, work wonders on walls (saved me from repainting my walls more than once). I've also used them to get laytex paint off the hardwood.

        For the stove top though I'd use Cerama Bryte and the back of a plastic spatula.

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          phimoez Dec 30, 2008 04:46 PM

          I have actually used them on my glass top stop and it worked well. Scotch Brite has a new glass stove top cleaner that is very similar to the Magic Eraser.

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            Sinicle Dec 30, 2008 04:46 PM

            I like them, but they are abrasive, so one should be judicious and test first. On a glass top, I do not think you will have a problem.

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              Rick Dec 30, 2008 04:58 PM

              Just tried a little spot on the stove top and it took it right off with no scratches. Before the Magic Eraser I let the stove top cleaner sit on the stain for 10 minutes before rubbing and the stain didn't budge!

              Also just used it to clean out my laundry tub.

            2. smittys Dec 31, 2008 03:48 AM

              They are indeed magical. Use them to remove coffee stains from the inside of coffee mugs. And they also instantly take off that gross combination of grease and dust that can sometimes accumulate on objects in a kitchen. This does tend to ruin the eraser, though, so I keep an old crusty one around for this purpose. I really look forward to having a range hood (we are in year 7 of our kitchen's pre-renovation phase) so I can clean off the greasy dust with that thing!

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                HillJ Dec 31, 2008 03:56 AM

                Mr. Clean Magic Erasers have completely taken red wine off light wallpaper (don't ask!) even a few days later (when I finally noticed the stain).

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                  HillJ Dec 31, 2008 06:31 AM

                  edited to add: kitchen tile/backsplash these babies work great!

                2. Eric in NJ Dec 31, 2008 05:15 AM

                  A tip for thr "frugal". You can buy Target brand erasure sponges for much less than the Mr. Clean and they work just as well.

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                    Squint Jan 3, 2009 08:29 AM

                    Most grocery stores have their own brand name erasers as well. I get mine at King Soopers (Kroger). I also cut them in half for smaller jobs so I don't wet the whole thing down.
                    Rick, I've used mine on stains on the stove glass top with no problems at all.

                  2. rockandroller1 Dec 31, 2008 05:53 AM

                    I've wondered about whatever is in these and the toxic nature of the chemicals. I'm fine using it around the house but I don't know if I'd be wiping down my counter or the inside of my coffee cups with it. Does anyone know what's in them?

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                      lynnlato Dec 31, 2008 06:05 AM

                      Yeah, I'm with you. However, I read an entry on Wikipedia which says that the material that makes up magic erasers has long been used as an insulation for homes, pipes, duct work. It wasn't until recently that they began using it as a cleaning agent. There are some rumors that it contains formaldehyde but some say it does not. I found an entry on Snopes that said these erasers are non-toxic when used as intended. Here is a link to the Snopes report:

                      http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/...

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                        rockandroller1 Dec 31, 2008 06:29 AM

                        Thanks!

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                        taos Dec 31, 2008 06:51 PM

                        I believe it works much like a very fine sandpaper that's molded into a block. As you clean you're really sanding away at the stain and the block (the eraser wears away). This is why, among other cautions, you can't use it on very soft materials, like plastics because the material will scratch and dull from the sanding it receives.

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                          embee Jan 5, 2009 06:13 AM

                          It's melamine. As far as I know, it's safe so long as you don't eat it. Just rinse off any possible residue from food areas and utensils.

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                          Linda VH Dec 31, 2008 05:57 AM

                          They work wonders on sneakers as well!

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                            nickblesch Jan 3, 2009 11:28 PM

                            I think it should suffice to say simply that they work wonders. :D

                          2. im_nomad Jan 2, 2009 09:37 AM

                            i have a crappy white countertop that came with the house, and hasn't been replaced. EVERYTHING stains this thing, so the MC erasers are fine in my books. My countertops are regular recipients of red wine and curry stains to name a few...they work like a charm.

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                              queencru Jan 2, 2009 02:02 PM

                              I love magic eraser, although I have an ancient stove and it seemed to remove some of the enamel on it when I was cleaning the burners. I think it should be fine on the glass top stove though. I use it to clean my MacBook, walls, and about everything else and never had a problem until the stove.

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