Our world is full of remarkable innovations. And Magic Eraser is one of them. Yes, we’ve sent humans to walk on the moon
and we have robots rolling around Mars, but Magic Eraser can get permanent marker off
your walls! Here’s the untold truth of Magic Eraser. While it looks like some kind of sponge, and
disintegrates long before you’re really willing to part with it, Magic Eraser isn’t a sponge
at all. It’s a kind of foam, and one of its base ingredients
is melamine, the same stuff in your first full set of dinner plates in college. And although it’s true that most people never
saw a piece of melamine foam until the day Procter & Gamble blessed the world with the
Magic Eraser, the concoction isn’t actually new. According to How Stuff Works, it’s been around
for a couple decades and is still used today as sound and temperature insulation. So the only real problem with the world’s
most remarkable invention is the cost. Magic Erasers go for about $1 each, which
doesn’t sound bad until you discover that one eraser’s total lifespan is just a matter
of minutes. Magic Erasers tend to disintegrate as they’re
being applied to those stubborn stains, so when you’re done, you have a spot-free wall
and a pile of melamine crumbs on the carpet. So really, that dollar doesn’t go very far. “What is this nonsense?” What Procter & Gamble probably doesn’t want
you to know is that you don’t have to buy melamine foam that says “Magic Eraser” to
get the same cleaning power. According to CNet, you can buy generic melamine
foam squares in bulk for around 8 cents each. Then, just mix up a simple solution of borax,
baking soda, and water, and you’re on your way to Scrubbsville. The real difference is you won’t have to put
in extra hours at the office to pay for the 25 packs of Magic Erasers you would have bought. So just how does this miracle of miracles
perform its miraculous task? Is it blessed with magical unicorn dust? Or is it something more sinister, like maybe
Mr. Clean got his rugged good looks and supernatural cleaning power when he made a deal with the
Dirt Devil? “Sarah? Sarah? Clean enough?” It turns out that despite its name, there
is no real magic behind Magic Eraser. According to How Stuff Works, Magic Eraser’s
secret is that it’s abrasive, but not too abrasive, like very fine-grit sandpaper, or
Russell Crowe. So when you’re cleaning the stains off your
wal, you’re not actually dissolving the stain the way some other cleaning products might,
you’re exfoliating it. Which means your eraser doesn’t discriminate
between the stain and the surface the stain is sitting on, and it could be too harsh of
a cleaning solution. “What? What was that?” So go nuts on your walls, but think twice
before Magic Erasing those family heirlooms. Remember how people said your dog would die
if you sprayed him with Febreze, or how your cat would also die if you cleaned your floors
with a Swiffer? People love to start rumors about cleaning
products, and back in 2006, someone started an email-based rumor that Magic Eraser contains
formaldehyde. The implication was that Magic Eraser leaves
embalming fluids all over your house. Gross, right? “You’re drinking embalming fluid.” “Ooo, yes.” Unsurprisingly, it was Snopes who busted the
rumor, republishing Procter & Gamble’s rebuttal not long after the email made its appearance. According to the statement, the misunderstanding
comes from the product’s chemical name: melamine-formaldehyde-sodium bisulfite copolymer, not actual formaldehyde. In the early days, the media was full of praise
for this wonder of modern stain removal. Time named Magic Eraser one of the “best inventions
of 2004,” though they did also caution against overusing it on certain surfaces, so it’s
not like Magic Eraser ever had a reputation as a do-everything cleaning product. But new products are often met with suspicion,
and early on there were people who claimed to have negative physical reactions to the
product. There also seems to have been at least one,
uh, concerned user, worried that Magic Erasers might not be gluten-free. “Yeah, well, no I’m gluten sensitive. One time I had a large Dominos pasta stuffed
pizza, and I was so bloated.” Evidently, though, Magic Erasers don’t contain
any gluten or dairy, but still, don’t go chewing on them. We also have it on very good authority that
Magic Erasers are not edible, with Snopes reporting they “may block the gastrointestinal
tract.” Magic Erasers are great for removing stains
from a wall or a coffee cup, but word to the wise: don’t ever use it to get Sharpie off
your child’s face. According to Business Insider, parents filed
a lawsuit against a daycare center after viewing a surveillance video in which one of the teachers
was seen quote, “handling the boys roughly while using a Magic Eraser to remove the marker.” While ThoughtCo. noted that the boys’ apparent facial “burns”
were more likely surface abrasions, the story dropped out of the news cycle in mid 2018,
so we might never really know what the injuries truly were. But one thing we do know is that Magic Erasers
aren’t meant to clean skin. So please, use their magic as intended. “I get it… I get it.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Grunge videos about your favorite
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