100 Cleaning Ideas For Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser Uses


Get ready for spring cleaning with these 100 Mr. Clean Magic Eraser® uses. Magic Erasers can clean and remove dirt and grime from so many surfaces!

You won’t believe all the different ways you can use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean your home inside and out.

100 Uses for Mr Clean Magic Eraser by The Birch Cottage

Hello, dear Kenarry readers! I’m Pam from The Birch Cottage where I share family-friendly recipes, DIY projects, craft tutorials and lots of free printables. However, you’ll find me right here on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® each month sharing ideas, like How to Paint Terra Cotta PotsHow to Make Coasters from Ceramic Tiles and this idea for 100 Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser uses!

For example, did you know you can use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean cloudy headlights? You won’t believe all the cleaning ideas for this handy cleaning tool!

100 Uses for Mr Clean Magic Eraser by The Birch Cottage

Disclosure: Now before we go any further, I need to tell you neither I or Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® were paid by Mr. Clean to write this post. I just genuinely LOVE this product and wanted to share with you all the ways you can use it. However, this blog post does contain affiliate links for products or services we think you’ll like. This means if you make a purchase from one of these links, Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® will make a small commission at no additional cost to you so we can keep the great ideas for the home coming your way. All opinions expressed are derived from personal experience.

I first came across Mr. Clean Magic Erasers one summer while vacationing on the French River in northern Ontario. We are friends with the owners of one of the cottage resorts on the French River and one week they were a little short on cleaning help, so we pitched in.

Much to my amazement, the cleaning staff used Magic Erasers and they loved them! It’s kind of funny, now that I think back on it, because sitting in my linen closet at home was a box of Magic Erasers that I had never even opened.

I was reluctant.

What if these little eraser thingies actually erased stuff I didn’t want them to erase? And just what made these Magic Erasers so magical? I was a skeptic until that summer a few years ago on the French River.

Since then, I’ve used Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers on all sorts of things. In fact, sometimes I find myself cleaning something, like my Pyrex baking dishes, and then wondering, “Hmmm, I wonder if the Magic Eraser can clean that?”

Guess what? It can and it did and it does! Just like magic! Why is it like magic? Because it works so well and so effortlessly. Dirt, grease, grime, scuff marks and stains are lifted away. Just. Like. Magic.

100 Uses for Mr Clean Magic Eraser by The Birch Cottage

The Science Behind Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

There really isn’t any magic in the Magic Erasers. They work sort of like ultra super fine sandpaper. There was a lot of controversy over them when they first hit the market because anything that works like magic must have all sorts of harmful chemicals and ingredients, right? Wrong! The Magic Erasers have been proven scientifically to be safe and not harmful to humans. (Of course, I wouldn’t eat them if I were you!)

The real magic or secret behind or inside the Magic Erasers is called melamine foam. It’s the properties of the melamine foam that make it so great at stain fighting. There’s a fantastic article that explains the science and magic-like abilities of the melamine foam. You can read that here if you’d like more information.

100 Uses for Mr Clean Magic Eraser by The Birch Cottage - Clean smudge marks from cabinets

Tips on Using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I thought maybe I should share quickly with you how to use the Magic Eraser before I share with you all the ways you can use it. It’s really quite simple, but I do have a couple of tips for you:

100 Uses for Mr Clean Magic Eraser by The Birch Cottage
  • Wet the eraser and squeeze out all the excess water. You just want the eraser to be slightly damp. You can actually use the Magic Eraser dry. I haven’t tested it on all surfaces, but everything I’ve read says it works just as effectively dry as it does wet.
  • Cut your Magic Eraser into smaller pieces. This will help extend the life of your eraser. I typically take one eraser and cut it into four cubes.
  • Rinse off the eraser after use. This will remove the dirt and debris and extend the life of your eraser.
  • Test in an inconspicuous place if you’re unsure.
  • Don’t use them on your skin.
  • Avoid using on delicate or glossy surfaces (like the painted finish on your car – bad idea – trust me).
  • Remember, the Magic Eraser is like super ultra-fine sandpaper that’s tough on stains. It works quickly, effectively and effortlessly.
  • The only negative, in my opinion, is the fact that the erasers disintegrate (like magic) with use. Just like the eraser on a pencil disintegrates with use, so does the Magic Eraser.
  • You can purchase Magic Erasers for about $1 a piece here in the US. There are cheaper alternatives to the Mr. Clean brand. I have used them, but I have found they don’t work as well or last as long. Maybe they don’t work as well because they don’t seem to last as long? In any case, the knock-off brands I tried didn’t work as well.
  • Definitely don’t buy the knock-off brands that have a blue (or other color) sponge or scouring pad on one side. Total waste of money!
  • Keep the erasers in your kitchen, bathroom and near your dry erase board for convenience.
100 Uses for Mr Clean Magic Eraser by The Birch Cottage

100 Uses for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Today, I want to share with you not just a few of my favorite uses for Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers, but 100 uses around your home for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers! I’ve broken the uses down into categories: Bath, Kitchen, House, Outdoors and Other Ideas.

Before we get to the list, I also put together this quick video showing you some of the ways I’ve actually used the Magic Eraser around my house recently, after all seeing is believing:



  • clean bathroom faucets & fixtures
  • clean baseboards and cabinets
  • clean grout like new
  • clean mold and mildew from a vinyl shower curtain
  • remove gunky (my word) build-up on flat-irons, straighteners and curling irons
  • remove hair dye from counter tops & floors
  • remove hairspray on hard surfaces
  • remove soap scum in the tub and shower
  • remove scum from shower doors
  • remove toothpaste splashes from mirrors and fixtures
  • clean cookie sheets & bake ware
  • clean a glass cook top
  • clean granite countertops (test surface first)
  • clean grout
  • clean inside the crock pot
  • clean inside the microwave
  • clean inside the refrigerator
  • clean lime and hard water build-up on dish drainer
  • clean oven door
  • clean oven shelves
  • clean Pyrex dishes
  • clean range hood
  • clean stained caulking along the kitchen sink & counter top
  • clean textured handles on appliances
  • clean tomato sauce stains from inside plastic containers
  • polish silverware and silver jewelry
  • remove built-up baked on grease inside the deep fryer
  • remove cooked-on stains in pots and pans
  • remove dirt from plastic trash cans
  • remove food stains inside plastic food containers
  • remove melted plastic on a glass top stove
  • remove baked on brown spots on bake ware and cookware
  • remove coffee & tea stains inside a mug
  • remove coffee, tea and Kool-Aid stains from countertops
  • remove fingerprints, grease and dirt on light-colored kitchen cupboards
  • remove melted plastic on the side of the toaster oven
  • remove mold & mildew from anything plastic
  • remove rust spots & stains on the counter top
  • remove soil or scuff marks from ceramic tile flooring
  • remove sticker and label residue from jars
  • remove tarnish from silver


  • clean dry erase boards (seriously!!)
  • clean leather upholstery
  • clean the plastic agitator inside your washing machine
  • clean mirrors and windows
  • clean window sills and screens
  • remove crayon marks from walls
  • remove dark paint on light-colored carpet
  • remove dried paint from door hinges
  • remove grime and fingerprints from handrails
  • remove marks on walls
  • remove rust and corrosion that’s built-up on the outside of pipes (kitchen/bathroom)
  • remove scuff marks and dirt from linoleum floors
  • remove scuff marks from hangers/shoes in the walk-in closet
  • remove scuff marks from floors, doors, walls and baseboards
  • remove set-in stains from ceramic drink coasters
  • remove soot off the walls near the fireplace
  • remove stains on microfiber surfaces
  • remove wet nose marks from pets on the windows, doors, door frames, etc.


  • clean bicycle, tires & rim
  • clean car tires, including white walls and hubcaps
  • clean cloudy headlights
  • clean grill grates
  • clean inside your car (along the handles, window ledge, arm rests, dashboard, steering wheel, vinyl seats)
  • clean lawn care equipment (say bye, bye to dirt, grime, mold, mildew, rust….)
  • clean outdoor furniture (plastic, metal and even concrete)
  • clean soap scum and oils from hot tub
  • clean stains on concrete
  • clean swimming pool steps
  • clean the outside of window sills
  • clean the grooves of lawn ornaments
  • clean vinyl fencing and siding (magic – pure magic)
  • clean vinyl striping on motor homes, vans, boats
  • clean white porch railings, columns & pillars
  • remove brake dust from tire rims
  • remove bugs from car windshield, grille, and bumper
  • remove dirt and grime on a vinyl convertible top
  • remove paint scratches on your car from minor fender benders (use with caution)
  • remove tar from your car’s paint
  • remove built-up algae, water deposits, etc from ceramic flower pots
  • remove green mildew from siding and gutters
  • remove marks on vinyl siding
  • remove water spots from stainless steel grill
  • remove waterline mark around the pool

Other Ideas

  • clean and polish gold jewelry
  • clean and polish silver jewelry
  • clean cell phone case (wowser!!)
  • clean doll faces
  • clean light-colored suede
  • clean plastic coolers inside and out
  • clean scuffs off tennis shoes
  • clean the textured plastic parts of your computer monitor, keyboard & mouse
  • remove adhesive residue after removing stickers
  • remove grass stains from shoes
  • remove nail polish spills or stains from walls, carpets, wooden objects, plastic
  • remove scuffs, pen marks, and dirt build up on leather couches, shoes, purses and luggage
  • remove spray paint overspray
  • remove stains on leather seats, purses, chairs, etc.
  • remove stains on clothing
  • remove magic marker, permanent marker, and ballpoint ink from virtually any surface
100 Uses for Mr Clean Magic Eraser by The Birch Cottage

My Favorite Way to Use a Magic Eraser

One of my favorite uses is for pet nose marks. We have two German Shepherd Dogs. They use their noses to nudge at doors and windows, leaving little dirty, grimy nose marks behind. Okay, so maybe the nose marks aren’t so little since they’re big dogs. But, the Magic Erasers remove those marks and grime left behind by our dogs just like magic!

100 Uses for Mr Clean Magic Eraser by The Birch Cottage

The next time you’re faced with a dirty chore, scuff marks, a stain, or even cloudy headlights be sure to give these Magic Erasers a try! I promise you will be amazed, pleased and in awe of the outcome!

Although I’ve shared 100 uses for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, I’m sure there are other uses just waiting to be discovered! What’s your favorite use? I’d love to know! Just leave a comment below.

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  1. Question. Saw a post someone put a magic eraser in their pool filter to get the algae out. Is this safe for the pool or even more important is it safe for people ?

    1. Hi Tina,
      Great questions! I would recommend reaching out to Proctor and Gamble/Mr. Clean directly with your questions about whether or not it is safe to use the Magic Eraser to clean algae out of a pool filter. Here’s a link to their contact information for you. The warning label on the product does clearly state “Do not use with chlorine bleach or other household cleaners.”

      Best wishes,
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry®

    2. I had read that people used the Magic Eraser to clean scum from swimming pools and the build-up that lotions and sunscreens can cause around pools, liners and filters. But, I’ve never heard of someone actually putting it “in” the filter other than using it to clean the build-up in the filter. Since I don’t actually have a swimming pool, it’s not something I’ve ever tried.
      Again, I would suggest you contact Proctor & Gamble, just like Carrie suggested, to get an official answer. Good luck and let us know if you get an official response!

      Have a great summer!

      The Birch Cottage

    1. Hi, Jeff. Although I can’t speak definitively on the use of the Magic Eraser on fiberglass showers, I can share with you that in my personal experience, I have used it and it worked wonderfully! Mr. Clean also recommends the use of the Magic Eraser for cleaning bathrooms, bath tubs, sinks and fixtures.

      You’ll also find this statement on the Mr. Clean website:

      “Test a small area with light pressure before use. Not recommended for the following surfaces: high gloss, polished, dark, brushed, satin, faux, bare/polished wood, copper, stainless steel appliances, non-stick coating or vehicle body. Do not use with chlorine bleach or other household cleaners. Rinse required for surfaces in direct contact with food. Do not use on skin or other parts of the body. Using on skin will likely cause abrasions. Keep out of reach of toddlers and pets to avoid accidental ingestion.”

      I would definitely suggest testing a small area with light pressure, as recommended. Please let us know how it works for you!

    1. Oh, Russell, that’s horrible! One of the things they warn you about is to not use the Magic Eraser on the painte of an automobile. I’d be really leery of using it on your van, but you “could” possibly test it in an inconspicuous place. I’d also have to add, please try this at your own risk.

      Here’s another suggestion that I found online:

      Rinse your car’s paint with a clean cloth dampened with cool water. Dry the surface with another cloth. Apply aerosol hair spray, liberally, to any remaining permanent marker stain. Buff the area with a clean cloth then wipe down with cool water on a clean cloth.

      Again, I am not an expert in this area and have had no experience with either of these methods. I am sorry about your experience and wish you the best of luck! Please let us know if you’re able to remove the permanent marker from your van so we can share your results with our readers.

      Thanks for visiting Ideas for the Home by Kenarry®!

      Pam Baker
      The Birch Cottage

  2. I have ink streaks in my dryer drum, do you think magic eraser would wok? I tried bleach, wd40, alcohol, fine steel wool. No luck! Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Florence,
      If you’ve tried all those other things, I don’t think it could hurt to try a Magic Eraser. Also, hairspray takes ink out of clothes – I wonder if that would also take it off of metal? You could try that in a small spot first. Let me know what you find that works for you!

      Best wishes,

    2. Florence, one of the ideas on WikiHow says to try using a MagicEraser. They have some other suggestions, too. Here is a link to the article, in case you need more help. Hopefully, the Magic Eraser will do the trick!
      Please let us know!

      Thanks for asking!

      Pam Baker
      The Birch Cottage

  3. Thanks, this is helpful, the package eraser comes in only tells you what NOT to use it for. I was afraid to use it at all before I saw your site>

  4. Just just ordered 1 box for my scheduled curbside pickup. After reading all these uses, I’m buying 2 additional boxes. I’m obsessing about all the things I want to clean. LOL

    1. Hi, Debra! Your comment made me laugh. Welcome to the Magic Eraser Obsession Club! You’re definitely not alone. I find new uses for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers all the time. In fact, just today, I used an eraser to remove some scuff marks on my self-healing cutting mat. It worked great!!

      Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm!

      Wishing you all the best,

      Pam Baker
      The Birch Cottage

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