Are Magic Erasers - Magic?

Are Magic Erasers - Magic?I LOVE MAGIC ERASERS!  I feel like they are truly one of God's gifts to mankind! 

Magic erasers are made from a form of melamine foam. Technically, it's a formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer foam made by the German company BASF. It was invented as an insulator and fire retardant. That it cleans like the dickens was a happy coincidence. Melamine is an extremely hard polymer and it's what gives things like Formica laminate its rigidity.

However, when it's pumped full of air something interesting happens.

                               Are Magic Erasers - Magic?

Despite the fact that the material itself is very hard, the tiny strands that make up the foam's matrix feel soft to the touch. On a microscopic level, those rigid little strands are very abrasive, like super fine grit sandpaper.

There are no active ingredients listed on the package because there really aren't any. Magic Erasers clean by a physical process, not a chemical one. When you rub a dirty spot with a Magic Eraser, you're essentially sanding away the dirt. As you rub, the foam disintegrates. If you clean dishes or anything that will contact food with these things, rinse thoroughly when you're done. Eating melamine is not a very smart thing to do.

As a cautionary note, don't clean anything with a glossy surface with these Magic Erasers. Remember that you're using a microscopic abrasive so when in doubt, test a spot first.

So bravo
BASF for being so clever and bravo Proctor and Gamble for breathing new life into an old brand. These things really work!


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Comment balloon 14 commentsJoy Daniels • November 29 2012 06:44PM


Thanks for sharing what that stuff is made of!! I will definitely not be eating any of it!! I won't how it would work

Posted by John & Irma Nelson, San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes (San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty) over 6 years ago

very cool info, had never thought about these that deeply. should be a warning on them too!

Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) over 6 years ago

It's too bad when my "staging/listing associte" and I like these Magic Erasers so much. . . that we take the time to find out what they are made of! :)  If you haven't used them John & Irma or Mark. . . you owe to yourself to try them!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

me too.  My mom was the one to use the first in my family.  I had a stain on my floor that I couldn't get out, It came right out with the magic eraser.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 6 years ago

I haven't tried Magic Erasers yet, but I highly recommend Goof Off Wipes. I carry them all the time now.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 6 years ago


I love the stuff.  It cleans the dirt on my refrigerator's uneven surface without much effort from me. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 6 years ago

Joy, I like the fact that you shared what a Magic Eraser is made of ... and provide a little history on the happy coincidence of what it can do when air is pumped into it.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

I bet you thought they were magic then Tammy...didn't you! :)

I will try the goof off wipes, if you don't have water, the magic erasers may not work. Thanks Wayne!

Appliances inside and are right Evelyn.   

We were amazed Kathleen when we discovered there were no chemicals.

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

Hi Joy, I love my Magic Erasers too. With little dirty grandson fingerprints they are a must.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago
Definitely Debbie...great pets too!
Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

Joy ~ I've been using Magic Erasers for about 8 years.  When I worked at Stanford University, I discovered they would clean the walls of the student dorm rooms so well that we then didn't have to paint every room each summer -- it resulted in a huge savings.  Because Stanford will only use products that are safe for their employees to handle, I ordered the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) on Magic Erasers, which confirmed that there are no harmful chemicals in them :-)

However, please don't use them on wood baseboards or trim -- they will wear off the finish and you'll see a "shiny spot."  They are great for walls, sinks, tubs, tennis shoes, and many other uses.  I love them and recommend them to my staging clients too.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 6 years ago

Thank you Maureen - that is very good to know, I have suggested them for brim and will STOP doing that now!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

These things really are one of the best inventions of the last several years!

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) over 6 years ago

Yes I agree Don! :)  As I mentioned I keep them on hand!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago