Can it be true? Are we really promoting a rather pricey though effective product as a money saver? Yes and no. While store-bought magic erasers are fantastic, you can just as easily make your own magic erasers at home with no more than a few cents worth of cheap ingredients.
Having said that, even store-bought magic erasers can save you bucks if you make use of their super-efficient deep-cleaning abilities to the fullest extent.
In this article, we’ll look at the money-saving uses of magic erasers that you may not have been aware of, and then, for those with extra savings mojo, we’ll give you an easy method you can use to make your own magic erasers cheaply.
When things start looking grubby and worn, we’re tempted to get something new, or we buy a new cleaning agent that we’re told is purpose-designed for freshening up that particular item.
However, a magic eraser has many uses, and once the dirt is gone, everything is as good as new once again. You’re sure to find at least one “I never thought of that” use for magic erasers in the list below.
General Odd and Ends Outdoors and In
- Remove scuff marks from cars, sneakers, and skirting boards.
- Destroy the gunk that collects on computer keyboards.
- Get nail polish marks off walls, floors, and even carpeting.
- Get glue residues off surfaces.
- Remove tarnish from silver and use it to clean jewelry.
- Do away with rust marks on metal.
- Get rid of insect mess from car grilles and screen windows.
- Use it to shine up your bicycle.
- Get sticky tar off painted surfaces and auto bodies.
- Wash child-art off the walls (or pass on the eraser so your child can do it).
- Clean up plastic toys no matter how grubby they’ve gotten.
- Clean away embedded algae and bird droppings from your bird bath.
- Remove stains from microfiber upholstery.
- Freshen up and clean stained leather items.
- Wash away ink and paint stains on your hands.
- Shine up garden furniture.
Bathroom and Kitchen
- Shine up mirrors and prevent fogging. Give your glass shower doors the treatment too.
- Clean up grubby grouting and deep clean bathroom tiles.
- Get stubborn marks off bathtubs.
- Remove tomato stains from plastic containers.
- Clean off stubborn food stains on countertops.
- Get all the grease out of your deep fryer.
- Make the inside of your oven sparkle with your magic erasers and some soapy water.
There’s more than one take on how to make your own magic erasers, but whether you go for the most basic method or add a few bells and whistles, you’ll still get all the cleaning power you could wish for.
First up, you’ll need some melamine sponges. If you can’t find them at your local store, look on e-bay and buy in bulk. Now that you have your magic eraser sponge, you just need to make the right cleaning agent to turn it into a magic eraser.
- Put half a cup of hot water in a bowl.
- Add one teaspoon of borax.
- Add one tablespoon baking powder.
- Pour a few drops of liquid soap (optional).
- Soak your sponge, squeeze it out a little and you’re ready to scrub.
You can also make up your cleaning solution in a spray bottle and spritz it onto the surface you want to clean with your melamine sponge. You’ll be surprised. This simple cleaning agent mixture combined with the right sponge is as good as any magic eraser.
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