This hack for cleaning a pool with a Magic Eraser is going viral

Maintaining a pool requires constant upkeep, especially during the summer months, but maybe that’s because you’ve been cleaning it the wrong way all along. A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge could apparently be doing all of the work for you — without requiring any elbow grease for scrubbing. Seriously, who knew?

Lisa Pack, a pool owner in Ohio, recently posted on Facebook about a unique way to use a Magic Eraser to clean her pool, and it’s since gone viral.

According to Pack, all you have to do to get your dirty pool looking clear again is simply put a Magic Eraser in the pool skimmer basket. Based on Pack’s post, the Magic Eraser pretty much works like its name suggests.

“Now mind you, my pool wasn’t green but it looked like it was getting cloudy,” she wrote of her pool’s status before using the trick. Check out the result below.

“I throw one of these in the skimmer basket and holla bing holla boom the cloudiness left and my sponge looks like this. I’m pretty excited to think something so cheap could help so much,” she wrote on Facebook.

The post has since been shared nearly 100,000 times. People are definitely interested in giving this a try, but they’re also a bit concerned about the safety of this cleaning hack and are asking questions about that in the comments section.

Is The Water Safe?

Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser has come under fire before for “containing formaldehyde,” according to Snopes. But when Procter & Gamble, the company that makes Mr. Clean products, formally addressed the rumors, it denied that the sponges contained formaldehyde.

“Be assured Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is completely safe when used according to directions, and poses no health risks or safety concerns,” the company stated, according to Snopes. “Formaldehyde is not and has never been an ingredient in Magic Eraser. One ingredient in Magic Eraser (formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer) contains the word “formaldehyde” in its chemical name. However, this ingredient is not formaldehyde and poses no health or safety risks.”

However, the product does advise “avoiding accidental ingestion,” but, according to the company, that’s because of the sponge-like nature of the product and not because it is “toxic” when ingested.

“Magic Eraser is considered non-toxic. As with any sponge-like product, when swallowed this product may block the gastrointestinal tract,” the company’s statement reads, according to Snopes. “Therefore, we do advise to keep this product out of the reach of children and pets to avoid accidental ingestion — it is not a toy.”

The product’s website does also warn that it’s not to be used on skin or other parts of the body, as it could “likely cause abrasions.”

Courtesy Mr. Clean

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So Far, So Good

Pack has said she hasn’t noticed any problems since using the product to clean her pool.

“People think I’m probably crazy for trying this, but it works,” she told Inside Edition.

If you’re considering trying this out for yourself, please do so with caution.

Cleaning Alternatives

If you’re a little too skeptical to give this a try in your pool — there are some all-natural pool-cleaning methods you can try.

One Facebook user commented on Pack’s post, noting that baking soda has worked wonders in their pool.

“Someone told me to use a box of baking soda every week or two [in] liquid and/or pucks … so far it’s worked on mine [and] I have used no other chemicals [and] I’m still clear,” the comment stated.

baking soda photo
Getty Images | Stephen Lovekin

The Arm & Hammer website also supports this claim.

Have you figured out any pool-cleaning hacks of your own?