8 Amazing Things You Can Do With A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

We love having a spotless apartment, but what we love even more is a good shortcut — a be-all and end-all that takes the mopping, scrubbing and washing out of the equation.
Since its inception at the turn of the millennia, Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser has been a godsend for people who want immaculate results with the least amount of effort and time possible (read: us). These white pieces of foam are called "magic" for a reason: The most unsightly bits of our homes — from grease spots on the kitchen counter to those horrible splotches around bathtub drains — swiftly vanishes with a bit of light buffing.
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Convinced that this handy tool possesses more mystery powers we need to unlock ASAP, we've consulted Becca Napelbaum — cleaning expert at Handy, an on-demand home services app — to spill the most unexpected eraser uses in her rulebook. Let's just say that your mugs, tennis shoes and suede clothing will be very grateful for a certain Mr. Clean in your life.
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Dark rubber soles are the culprit for those scruff marks on your hard floors, which leaves them looking dated and unclean. The Magic Eraser can promptly get rid of these, but be sure to test a small area first, since the product can occasionally remove the finish on certain types of flooring.
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Even with an intensive clean in the dishwasher, coffee or tea stains may still remain inside of your mugs. A good scrub with a Magic Eraser usually does the trick.
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Suede can be particularly difficult to clean, and the stains are particularly visible on lighter shades. To remove the eyesore, gently buff it with a Magic Eraser — et voilà!
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Brand new white tennis shoes don’t stay fresh for too long, but you can using a Magic Eraser to remove dirt stains from the rubber soles, leaving them looking as good as new.
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Your hands are much greasier than you think: The oil from the surface of your fingers can easily transfer to the walls and spoil the paint job. Wet a Magic Eraser slightly and gently rub the stain to get rid of it.
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Grout can become discolored easily, making your tiles look more worn-out than they really are. Instead of committing to an extensive regrouting job, try rubbing a damp Magic Eraser along white grouting to freshen it up.
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Magic Erasers tackle rust on taps and other steel surfaces brilliantly. Just swipe a moistened eraser firmly across the rust stain until it's gone.
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Mishaps can happen when you paint — it’s difficult not to accidentally drip on awkward places such as door handles and hinges. And, once the paint has dried, it can be pretty difficult to remove. This is where the eraser (and a firm hand) comes in.
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