11 Magic Eraser tricks to make dirt disappear around the house

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For years, I’ve had a box of Magic Erasers sitting unopened among my cleaning supplies. Sure, I knew they were good for cleaning scuff marks off walls, but I had no idea they could be used in so many other ways. So with a Magic Eraser in hand, I went on a cleaning spree around my house — and I was blown away by all the things they can be used for!

As a side note, I read that Magic Erasers are easier to use if you cut them into four or five pieces. Not only do you get more bang for your buck, it’s easier to get a grip on them.

Here are my 11 favorite ways you can use a Magic Eraser to clean everything from your car to your shoes.

A note before we begin: I strongly recommend that you follow the instructions on the packaging and test a small area of the surface you want to clean with light pressure before proceeding to use the Magic Eraser.

1. Remove Dust And Dirt From Baseboards

These magical little foam sponges are probably known best for removing unsightly scuff marks from your walls. But they are also just as handy when it comes to cleaning your baseboards.

2. Polish Tarnished Silver

If your silver is looking less than perfect, use a Magic Eraser to restore that natural shine and sparkle.

3. Wipe Off Stubborn Stains On Silverware And Dishes

Sometimes, running things through the dishwasher just doesn’t cut it. Take, for example, this knife I had. It went through two cycles in the dishwasher and still appeared dirty. But after wiping it down with a Magic Eraser, it looked as good as new!

Note that the Magic Eraser is not recommended for use on stainless steel products. If you want to go rogue and try it anyway, I strongly urge you to test a small area first. You also should be sure to rinse any food-related items well after cleaning with a Magic Eraser.

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4. Remove Sticker Residue

If you have a stubborn label that just won’t come off, a few swipes of a Magic Eraser should do the trick! I recently purchased several plastic storage bins that seemed to have the stickiest labels ever made. A Magic Eraser not only removed the label, but it also took off the sticky residue that is often left behind.

5. Clean Your Car

The Magic Eraser isn’t recommended for the vehicle body — but with the size, flexibility and ease of the product, you can have your rims sparkling again in no time. (Again, make sure you test this on a small area first.)

You can also use a Magic Eraser to remove marks on fabric, like little shoe prints all over the back of the seats from kids. Or you can use them to remove dirt from your steering wheel or in the nooks and crannies around your cupholders.

6. Remove Deodorant Stains

The worst is when you get dressed and ready to go, then you look down and notice a big white deodorant stain on your new black shirt. Not to worry: A few wipes of a Magic Eraser can fix that in a jiffy!

7. Wipe Down Bathroom Mirrors

Not only will using a Magic Eraser on a mirror work wonders, but it will also prevent it from fogging up. Win-win!

8. Remove Scuffs On Leather

You can use a Magic Eraser on everything from scuff marks on leather boots to spots and stains on leather furniture.

9. Wipe Off Stains On Walls

I’ve tried all kinds of products and cleaning tactics to remove handprints and grime on this white ledge we have along our stairwell, but a Magic Eraser solved my dilemma in less than a minute!

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10. Remove Stains From Plastic Storage Containers

Use a Magic Eraser on food storage containers to remove food stains like those from pasta sauce. No more ugly red tint! Remember to rinse any food products well after using the Magic Eraser on them.

11. Make Your Shoes Appear New

Scuff marks, mud, stains and dirt can all be wiped off shoes with a Magic Eraser. I used a Magic Eraser on the white rubber of my Converse shoes, and it made a huge difference!

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What do you love to clean with Magic Erasers?