15 Genius Uses for a Magic Eraser That Really Work

Have you discovered the magic of Magic Eraser sponges yet? Magic eraser sponges were invented, and they quickly became the go-to product for cleaning up hard-to-clean stains and messes. They eliminate the need for specialty cleaners, so they don’t just make cleaning easier; they’re easy on the budget, too.

Magic eraser sponges are made from melamine resin foam, contain no chemicals, and clean with just water. The magic happens with the texture of the sponge. Melamine foam is porous and slightly rough; when wet, the magic eraser sponge is lightly abrasive, allowing it to remove stains.

A magic eraser isn’t safe to use on all surfaces. Because it is abrasive, it can cause scratches, so test it on an unseen area before using it. Avoid using Magic Eraser sponges on stainless steel, wood surfaces, your car, walls with high-gloss paint, granite or stone countertops, and non-stick cookware.

Here are 15 things you can clean using a Magic Eraser sponge that you must try!

1. Cleaning a Phone Case

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Your cell phone case collects dust, grime, and scuff marks. Many people take the lazy way and wipe it with their sleeves, which gets the dirt on their clothes. It also causes smearing. A Magic Eraser will clean it up easily and leave it looking new.

2. Cleaning Shower Curtain Liners

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We all know we should routinely spray our shower curtains to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. We also know that we usually neglect to do so. Once they appear, those sprays work, but then you have to deal with the cleaner and the streamer running down the curtain. With a Magic Eraser, you can target the exact spot(s) without hassles.

3. Cleaning Hair Tools

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Flat irons, curling irons, combs, and other hair devices see a buildup of grime and dirt. They come from your hair and skin and the hair products you put in or on the devices. A few quick wipes with a Magic Eraser will make your hair tools look new. Avoid using them on ceramic hair tools as they may scratch or damage the ceramic.

4. Removing Spilled Nail Polish

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Spilled nail polish can be challenging to remove, especially if it dries. If you spill some, the Magic Eraser can save a lot of laborious scrubbing later. It’s also more economical than having to go out and buy a specialized nail polish removal product.

5. Removing Pet Marks and Prints From Glass and Walls

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Although we love them, pets come with their own cleaning challenges. Nose prints on glass doors and muddy footprints on the floor or furniture are just a couple that come to mind. Spot-clean those areas using a magic eraser as they happen so they don’t become a bigger chore later. See more tips for cleaning with pets here.

6. Removing Carpet Stains

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There always seems to be a stain or two that regular carpet cleaners won’t take care of. Hiring a professional cleaning service might work, but that seems like a lot of money for just a stain. Use a magic eraser instead. Scrub the stain to remove it. Test it on an inconspicuous spot first to ensure you won’t damage the carpet fibers.

7. Cleaning a White Board

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Over time, whiteboards keep smudges and “ghost letters” that the cleaning sprays they come with don’t remove. A magic eraser will wipe it away and leave the board looking like you just got it.

8. Getting Rid of Coffee and Tea Rings

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You’ve probably noticed that no matter how well you wash it, a coffee mug or teacup you use frequently develops rings inside it. These stains can be especially hard to remove, and although they aren’t unhealthy, they look ugly. However, a Magic Eraser can remove them and leave you smiling each time you pour your favorite brew.

9. Cleaning Vinyl Siding

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If your siding needs a good cleaning, renting a power washer or hiring a company that cleans siding is best. But if a smaller spot needs attention, a Magic Eraser can get the job done and save you a lot of money. It will work on grime, dirt, pollen, watermarks, and more.

10. Freshening Up Grout

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The grout on backsplashes and bathroom floors collects grease, grime, and other materials that make it look discolored and can damage it. The slightly abrasive texture of the magic eraser is amazingly good at cleaning grout. You don’t even have to use special cleaning agents or scrub brushes.

11. Wiping up Grease Splatter

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When cooking, getting grease splatter on the stove, backsplash, and nearby countertops is inevitable. Cleaning it up with paper towels is wasteful. A regular sponge will get saturated with hard-to-remove grease that can get on other things. Once again, the magic eraser provides an easy answer to the problem.

12. Cleaning up a Computer Keyboard

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Dirt, oils, and other particles from our fingertips and nearby objects, especially foods, cause grime buildup on computer keyboards. There’s no need to buy products specially marketed for cleaning keyboards. Just turn the computer off and grab a Magic Eraser.

13. Removing Crayon Marks From Walls

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This is the most common reason we think of using a magic eraser. When your young artist uses the wall as a canvas, you can be assured it will take it all off. Just be sure not to use it on high gloss paint because it will remove the shine, and you’ll have to repaint it.

14. Removing Rust Residue From a Countertop

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Have you ever left a can of shaving cream sitting on a counter or in a tub or shower for a while? If you have, you’ve probably discovered that there’s often a ring of rust left on the surface the next time you lift the can. A quick swipe with the Magic Eraser removes it.

15. Whitening up Your Sneakers

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One of the real bummers about buying new white sneakers is knowing they’ll eventually lose that clean new look. That happens before it’s time for a new pair, so how can you restore that look? By now, you shouldn’t be surprised that a magic eraser can come through for you!

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