The Magic Unveiled In Mr. Clean's Magic Erasers

April 9, 2019

Proctor & Gamble

2003 was a revolutionary year in the world of home cleaning.  That was the year the Proctor & Gamble debuted the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  The white rectangular foam sponge seemed to be made on pure magic as it would remove stains other cleaners, brushes and sponges couldn't. All you need to do is dampen the sponge and it goes to work on scuffs and stains, without any added detergents or cleaning solution. But the Magic Eraser doesn't use magic at all!  In fact it's made from melamine foam, a nitrogen-rich organic base that has been used as insulation for pipes and ductwork, and has a long history as a soundproofing material for studios, sound stages and auditoriums. However one of its properties is it is a powerful-yet-delicate abrasive cleaner. The "magic" of melamine is that acts like an extremely fine sandpaper that, unlike a detergent that breaks down stains, scrapes off stains with extremely small air pockets that form upside down triangles.  Because of its unique properties, those upside down triangles become rigid when wet; as hard as glass. The points at the bottom of the triangle—catch on the soil and drag across the surface, similar to a windshield wiper. It’s why the magic eraser work much efficiently on stubborn stains.  But as the direction inform you, make sure to test it in an inconspicuous area first. After all, it is an abrasive cleaner.  Also keep the pieces of melamine that break off when using away from pets and children. For all of the uses melamine is designed for, it was an illegal “filler” used in the 2008 Chinese milk scandal, in which 54,000 babies were sickened and six died.

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SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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