10 Surprising Magic Eraser Uses You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

If you're only using Magic Eraser to scrub your stovetop, you're tapping just a fraction of its potential. Here's how to put this versatile cleaner to work all around the house.

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How Does Magic Eraser Work?

Do you know what makes a Magic Eraser magic? The stain-fighting sponge we all know and love is made from a material commonly used for insulation and sound proofing—melamine foam. Melamine mixed with several other components gives the sponge a microscopic sandpaper-like texture, making it a super-effective abrasive cleaner that can tackle the toughest cleaning jobs. Just wet it under the tap, squeeze out the excess water and erase! These clever Magic Eraser uses will help you tap the full potential of this house cleaning staple.

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Use a Magic Eraser to Remove Carpet Stains

Everyone seems to have at least a couple of carpet stains that are too stubborn to remove with regular carpet cleaner. Surprisingly, the Magic Eraser works on carpet! With a damp Magic Eraser, wipe the stain, going over it multiple times. Goodbye stain!

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Clean a White Board

Is your white board showing ghosts of past writing? Get rid of those faded marks once and for all. A Magic Eraser can clean off any marker remnants that your white board cleaner left behind.

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Say Goodbye to Coffee and Tea Rings

Over time, coffee and tea can leave brown rings in your mugs, making them look dirty when they’re actually clean. Don’t buy a new set of coffee mugs just yet. Use a Magic Eraser to scrub the rings and watch them disappear!

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Get Rid of Hairspray Residue

When you use hairspray in the bathroom, some of it inevitably ends up on your styling tools where it dries and builds up over time. Get rid of that layer of scum by scrubbing your curling iron, flat iron and blow-dryer with a trusty Magic Eraser.

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Clean Vinyl Siding

No need to rent or buy an expensive pressure washer: clean the vinyl siding of your house with a Magic Eraser. Just wet, squeeze and erase! The eraser will remove pollen, dirt, water marks and other grime. Your house will look like new, and it’s all thanks to one little sponge!

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Use a Magic Eraser to Refresh Grout

Grumpy about your grimy grout? Use a Magic Eraser to scrub those grout lines clean. It works great on floor grout or backsplashes and other wall tile grout. The Magic Eraser’s built-in micro scrubbers are surprisingly effective on grime and dirt that builds up on your grout. No chemical cleaner needed!

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Polish Cloudy Glassware

If your glasses are looking a little cloudy, it’s Magic Eraser to the rescue. Wipe the interior and exterior of the glass with a damp Magic Eraser and your glassware will be transparent again!

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Clean Your Keyboard

Your computer’s keyboard can be a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if you share it with others. Here’s how to give it a deep clean: Use canned air to blow out any crumbs, then, unplug the keyboard and use a slightly damp Magic Eraser to wipe away grime, fingerprints and other smudges.

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Polish Silver

Did you know the Magic Eraser can remove tarnish from silver? Use a damp Magic Eraser sponge to shine up your silver flatware, or to make your old silver jewellery sparkle again.

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Clean Your Iron’s Soleplate

The soleplate of your iron (the metal part that heats up) can eventually get dirty with a buildup of residue from starch or synthetic fabrics. When the iron is off and completely cool, scrub the soleplate with a damp Magic Eraser and watch that residue disappear!

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