Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Make your own Mr.Clean MAGIC ERASERS! {DIY}


Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are a cleaning miracle! But, they aren't cheap. Their high retail price causes serious apprehension among consumers, especially stay-at-home moms [like me]. 

So, in the Supermarket Battle: Sponge vs. Magic Eraser, Sponge usually wins. 
Simply because 2/$1 is hard to beat. 

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers sell for around $5 for 4 squares of foam.
And, they disintegrate just as quickly as that $5 did!

Well, the cleaning Gods have smiled upon us today! 
Because, the genius cleaning secret of Mr.Clean Magic Erasers has been revealed.

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are just MELAMINE FOAM!

PURCHASE PRE-CUT MELAMINE FOAM FOR $5 for 30 squares on Ebay or Amazon:

So, what is Melamine Foam?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Melamine foam is a foam-like material consisting of a formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer.
The foam is manufactured in Germany by BASF under the name "Basotect". It has been used for over 20 years as insulation for pipes and ductwork, and has a long history as a soundproofing material for studios, sound stages, auditoriums, and the like. The low smoke and flame properties of melamine foam prevent it from being a fire hazard[1].


In the early 21st century it was discovered that melamine foam was an effective abrasive cleaner.[2] The open cell foam is microporous and its polymeric substance is very hard, so that when used for cleaning it works like extremely fine sandpaper, getting into tiny grooves and pits in the object being cleaned. On a larger scale the material feels soft. Because the bubbles interconnect, its structure is more like a maze of fiberglass strands, when compared to the array of separate bubbles in a material such as expanded polystyrene foam (for example, Styrofoam).
Rubbing with a slightly moistened foam may remove otherwise "uncleanable" external markings from surfaces. For example, it can remove crayon, magic marker, and grease from painted walls, wood finishings, plastic-adhering paints from treated wooden tables, adhesive residue, and grime from hub caps[3]. If the surface being cleaned is not sufficiently hard, it may be finely scratched by the melamine material. The foam wears away, rather like a pencil eraser, leaving behind a slight residue which can be rinsed off.

Follow this link for a list of the endless uses for Melamine Foam:

Some of my favorite are:
  1. Toss a piece of the foam into your toilet tank to prevent a toilet ring from forming.
  2. Use on your Silverware to remove any tarnishing.
  3. Clean your dirtiest shoes.
  4. Remove paint & hair dye from surfaces.
  5. Clean even the grimiest grout.
PURCHASE PRE-CUT MELAMINE FOAM FOR $5 for 30 squares on Ebay or Amazon:

If that link doesn't work, just go to Ebay or Amazon and search for "Melamine Foam Squares."

Happy [Cheap] Cleaning, my friends!  

Love & Light


  1. They work great on getting stains out if old cast iron tubs. Ours atains right after cleaning and they get it nice and white again.

  2. This summer we had a FL room/sunroom installed. The metal clad foam is the
    material that the walls and roof are made of. I wanted to save the 'scraps' and my
    husband talked me out of it and all the
    pieces went into the dumpster.
    Wow, I could have cut hundreds of them into usable pieces. dang.

  3. I love these!!! I just bought four big ones at Lowes for 8 bucks. I looked them up on ebay and they are much cheaper. Going to order on ebay next time. Thank for the info.