Amazing Uses for Mr. Clean®’s Magic Erasers

Do you want a visibly clean home without using potentially harmful cleaning products—and without all the work? Stop packing cleaning solutions under your sinks and make your tidying up easier with Mr. Clean®’s Magic Erasers. Thanks to our partnership with P&G, our cleaning teams use Magic Erasers to scrub out hard-to-remove dirt and grime as part of our 22-Step Cleaning Process. If you’re looking to touch things up between cleanings, learn how to use Magic Erasers and give your home the professional gleam it deserves.

What Is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser?

Two decades ago, Magic Erasers changed cleaning around the house forever. While they look like a sponge, Magic Erasers are far more capable of tackling even the toughest grime and dirt.

So, what is a Magic Eraser?

The secret behind the magic is melamine foam. Made of melamine-formaldehyde condensate, the advanced composition creates a superb cleaner, thermal insulator, and soundproofing material. Contrary to the rumors that the foam is toxic, this misinformation is simply untrue. The formaldehyde part of the formula is completely safe, according to

The parenting website cites P&G, which states that no ingredients in Magic Eraser are subject to any health-related labeling laws in North America or the European Union. They do warn that the foam could be a choking hazard if eaten! Because the Magic Eraser is slightly abrasive, it could also be a skin irritant.

How to Use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Magic Erasers can be used dry, but adding water to the sponge will help it absorb dirt. For most stains, dirt, and grime, you’ll see a noticeable difference by wiping the sponge across the surface. Stubborn stains like rust and layers of buildup may require a little more scrubbing. The amazing clean you get when you use Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers isn’t smoke and mirrors. How does a Magic Eraser work? Wet. Squeeze. Erase.

From everyday cleaning to tackling tough stains, here are 28 Magic Eraser uses to get you started.

  1. Remove scuff marks from walls, molding, and baseboards.
  2. Power out dirt and grime from light switches, thermostats, and other frequently touched surfaces.
  3. Remove layers of baked grime and grease from oven doors.
  4. Scrub away the ring around your bathtub that’s been there for years.
  5. Remove marks from crayons, pens, and markers from walls, furniture, and surfaces.
  6. Make stains from fruit-flavored drinks and wine on countertops disappear.
  7. Remove dirt and scuff marks from dress shoes for a glossy shine. You can also remove grass and dirt stains from white sneakers to bring back the brilliance.
  8. Make your plastic outdoor furniture look new again.
  9. Make rust rings on your tub surround and bathroom vanity melt away.
  10. Scrub off years of buildup from flat irons and curling irons.
  11. Remove buildup and grime to make a greasy, dull stovetop shine.
  12. Remove stuck-on splatters from the inside of your microwave and air fryer.
  13. Turn your gray grout white again and bring back your tile’s shine.
  14. Make your bathroom faucets and handles sparkle like new.
  15. Grab some gloves and use a Magic Eraser to go to town on toilet bowl stains.
  16. Remove layers of soap scum from sliding shower doors.
  17. Scrub off sticky residue from glass jars, wine bottles, and toys.
  18. Scrub stains off plastic storage containers.
  19. Remove baked-on grime from glass baking dishes.
  20. Tackle years of buildup from appliance handles.
  21. Clean and polish your jewelry to restore the shine.
  22. Remove mold and mildew in the bathroom and kitchen.
  23. Scrub residue from all the sprays you use, like hair spray, gel, and setting sprays from bathroom walls.
  24. Make bathroom sinks and countertops sparkling clean and shiny.
  25. Remove old coffee ring stains from your favorite mug or cup.
  26. Remove finger marks, food, grease, and anything else that lands on your cabinet doors.
  27. Bring stained and worn upholstery like leather and microfiber back to life.
  28. Remove yellow or dingy buildup from car headlights without scratching the surface.

Magic Erasers get a lot of hype, and many consumers and professional cleaners are happy to report it’s all true. Handy, convenient, and capable of cleaning almost anything, knowing how to use a Magic Eraser saves time anywhere dirt and grime accumulate. We say almost because there are surfaces where the magic isn’t enough. Because of the abrasive cleaning qualities of a Magic Eraser, some delicate or shiny surfaces can be scratched or dulled. To save you time and prevent damage, it’s essential to know what not to use Magic Erasers on.

What You Should Never Clean With a Magic Eraser

Knowing how to use a Magic Eraser means more than knowing what it can clean. A magic sponge may seem like the ultimate cleaning tool, but they may clean some surfaces too well! To be safe, it’s a good idea to spot test surfaces you are unsure about. While there aren’t many places in and around your home where you can’t work the magic, there are some surfaces you should avoid.

Glossy Finishes

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When used on painted surfaces with glossy finishes or plastics with a glossy sheen, the abrasiveness of the Magic Eraser can scratch and dull the surface.

Automotive Paint

According to, Magic Erasers have the abrasiveness of 3,000 to 5,000 grit sandpaper. That may not sound like much, but even the mildest abrasive can damage a car’s finish.

Natural Stone Surfaces

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers can scratch glossy, delicate surfaces like granite and marble. Even though you may not see the tiny scratches, using any abrasive cleaner can dull the surface.

Non-Stick Cookware

Cleaning non-stick cookware with a Magic Eraser will damage the non-stick coating, making the cookware useless. You can safely clean even grimy buildup from non-stick cookware with baking soda and water.

Stainless Steel

Melamine foam can dull and scratch stainless steel, so it’s best to use safer ways to bring back your stainless steel’s shine.

Wood Surfaces

While Magic Erasers can get crayon marks, scuffs, and stains off most painted walls, don’t use them to clean wood paneling or other finished wood surfaces. The abrasiveness can scratch and even strip away the finish.

Collectibles and Valuables

Collectibles and other vintage valuables always look better when they shine again, but using a Magic Eraser on delicate surfaces can be too much. Skip the eraser to avoid damaging the surface and potentially ruining your items.


For all you DIYers out there who rely on the multi-talented Magic Eraser for nearly every cleaning job, we know you’ve thought about it! It’s tempting to grab an eraser and scrub off paint or grime from our hands, but it’s best to avoid it because it could cause skin irritation.


Yes, someone has actually searched this topic more than once! Magic Erasers will clean teapots, trim work, tennis shoes, and tubs—but not teeth. Stick to toothpaste or baking soda and leave the magic erasing for cleaning around the house.

Knowing how to use a Magic Eraser all around the house makes cleaning faster and easier. They outperform the leading all-purpose bleach spray so you can clean messes without worrying about staining your fabrics or using harsh chemicals around your family. It may be magic, but it’s no trick. Seeing is believing!

Go to our website to find The Maids near you and call us for a free custom cleaning quote to see how magically clean Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers and The Maids® house cleaning services can make your home.

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