My obsession with the “Magic Eraser”…

I am always, always an advocate of choosing the greenest way to clean our homes.  Sure it takes some getting used to, but really… do I want spray, pour and mist chemicals around my house?  Yea, not so much.

mag erasI buy some green cleaners and make some of my own, but I have a confession… I’m addicted to the Magic Eraser!

That would seem fairly harmless (being the only choice out of the “green realm”) but I can’t seem to find any credible information about this amazing little cleaning sponge.

I’ve seen “supposed” information that they’re made of formaldehyde (augh!) but I’ve also seen it debunked even more.  I read that it is made of melamine (the same stuff kids’ plates and cups are often made of, so essentially plastic) but while it disintegrates as it’s used, I wonder what this really “means”.  Does using green cleaners, kinda, I don’t know… cancel it out? Hmm?

I have also heard that the most active and prevalent ingredient is salt…supposedly that’s the magic abrasive that gives it its cleaning power … problem is, there is nothing on the package that tells you a THING about what it’s made of.

Honestly, I’m addicted… arm me with some green cleaners and a Magic Eraser and I will have anything spic and span in no time.  It can magically erase any stain, gmag eras 2rim and dirt, but I also want to get to the bottom of it.

Do you know? Have you heard anything?  Any resources for CREDIBLE information?  If YOU know, I’d love to know…

Please, please just don’t tell me I need to break my addiction…

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7 thoughts on “My obsession with the “Magic Eraser”…

  1. I understand completely. When all other green cleaners fail, The Magic Eraser comes through for me every time. I read from someone that there are some not so nice things in the Magic Eraser but they are such tiny amounts (i.e. like the what makes up a fragrance in certified green cleaner) that they aren’t as bad other cleaners. I’m sorry I can’t remember where I read that or more facts about it. I just remember reading it and made the personal choice to keep using the Magic Eraser when I need it. I use it as a last resort when it comes to cleaning mystery marks on walls or soap scum on the shower/tub.
    .-= Condo Blues´s last blog ..The Green Bag Lady =-.

  2. I love the magic eraser. It cleans my tub when nothing else works. I often wonder what makes it work so well and all that. I use it at work to clean old markings off things. I have not found a single other thing that works with out scratching the surface. I figure even if it might not be super green it is better than using buckets of bleach on my tub and other harsh chemicals being brought into my home and poured down my drain.

  3. The “source” for the accurate information is the Material Safey Data Sheet (MSDS). This is a federal government required document by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The MSDS ofr the Magic Eraser is found at: http://www.jandrsupply.com/cspshop/Html/Images/datasheets/PGC%2043516.pdf. Some info from the MSDS: Ingredients/Chemical Name: Formaldehyde-Melamine-Sodium Bisulfite Copolymer. pH : 8.0 – 10.0. HMIS Hazard Code is 1.

    There are safer products … that work … available.

  4. go to the msds (material safety data sheet) it will tell you everything you need to know about any product

  5. Norwex makes a micropad that works like a magic eraser. If you haven’t heard of Norwex, you can go greener than you’ve gone so far!

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