Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Review

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Photo Credit: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are highly effective on many surfaces including walls, ceiling vents, baseboards, blinds, bathtubs, and many other places in the home. The Magic Eraser is a miracle worker for crayon and marker colored onto walls. Mr. Clean's Magic Erasers should always be tested in a hidden area before widespread use. Dirt, stains, and soap scum that would have taken scrubbing and or repainting disappeared in just a few wipes of the eraser during our tests.


  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works magic on tough dirt like crayon and marker.
  • Adding water activates the surface of tiny filaments in the sponge making them ready to wipe away grime.
  • The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge is reusable for several uses although it does begin to break down and disintegrate with repeated uses.


  • Because the eraser works by scrubbing at the surface with tiny but extremely hard threads, you should not use on highly glossy or satin finishes.
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is not appropriate for paneling or wood finished surfaces. It will strip away the surface and create damage.
  • The Magic Eraser sponge does begin to break down after uses.


  • Wet the eraser with water. Water activates the fibers and allows dirt to be pulled away from the surface and into the channels of the sponge
  • Test the product in a hidden spot.  Because the magic eraser is highly abrasive, it can damage the surface of some places in your home.  Be safe and test it out in a hidden area first.
  • Gently rub the eraser on the surface.  The nice thing is that it doesn't take a lot of scrubbing to really get to the dirt.
  • Watch the dirt begin to fade away.
  • Throw away after several uses or when the eraser begins to disintegrate.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Opening up the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, I was, of course, skeptical.

Like many moms of young children, markings on the walls have been the bane of my existence. I also had the usual run-of-the-mill stains and spots on other surfaces of my home to contend with and wasn't sure what a boring looking white sponge could do about it.

I opened up the small box to reveal two intensely white Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Following the directions on the box, I added water, squeezed out the excess, and headed for the nearest crayon mural. With one swipe the crayon was disappearing. A few swipes later I got shoe marks off of the refrigerator. Next, I tackled pencil sketches along the baseboards. Rub marks from moving furniture were long gone when I used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on the stair railing.

After wiping down most of the house, I learned a few important things about Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

1. There are surfaces that can be stripped of their finish and gloss when, you use the Magic Eraser. Unlikely candidates for use are glossy paint and finished wood.  This happens because unlike many other cleaners, there is not added cleaner to the magic eraser.  It is made of a type of melamine foam.  This foam sponge is actually made of very small but hard fibers that scratch the dirt from the surface and trap it in the open spaces in the foam.

2. The time I saved by not using my old tried and true methods of mark removal was astonishing.  It is eye opening how quickly the Magic Eraser can remove items from its tiny fibers are able to get into where dirt and marks are hiding, scraping them away.

3. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is meant to begin to disintegrate beginning after the first use. Follow the directions on the back of the box to determine when the Magic Eraser needs to disappear into the trash.

4. Because the product is so abrasive, care should be used with skin contact.  Use gloves to protect sensitive skin and never rub the Magic Eraser over skin areas. It isn't a good idea to let kids use this product unsupervised.  Chunks of the foam could be a choking or digestive hazard for small children and pets.


Formaldehyde-Melamine-Sodium bisulfite copolymer

Product Versions:

Mr. Clean has branched out quite a bit from just having the original Magic Eraser.  There are several specialty types of erasers including Mr. Clean Original, Mr. Clean Extra Power (a thicker version), Mr. Clean Bath Scrubbers (with added Febreze), Mr. Clean Kitchen Scrubbers (with added Dawn Dish Soap), a Multi-Pack (with Extra Power, Bathroom, and Kitchen Erasers included), and an Outdoor Pro Surface Cleaner Magic Eraser.

Alternative Uses:

Grass Stains on Shoes- Use a Magic Eraser to gently wipe away grass stains on the soles of your shoes. Test on the bottom to make sure there isn't any damage, first. This is especially effective on shoes with white soles.

Remove Stickers- I can usually get a sticker off of jars and plastic, but sometimes the residue can be a huge pain to try to remove.  Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to gently scrub away the gunky buildup on plastic and glass.

Orange Rings on Plastic Dishes- If there is a spaghetti sauce or grease ring stain in a plastic bowl, it can be difficult to remove.  You may have success scrubbing the ring with a Magic Eraser.  The tiny fibers are able to reach into small places and pull out the orange residue.

Nail Polish- Magic Erasers can do a great job of cleaning up nail polish messes, just be sure to test the eraser in a hidden area to make sure you don't damage the surface you are trying to clean.