9 Uses for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

It may be one of the most popular cleaning products to date, but there are still a handful of sneaky uses that your home, car—and yep, even your shoes–could benefit from.

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Gone are the days of buying 20 different tools and materials for sanitizing and cleaning your home. These days we make our cleaning products work harder than ever—and the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is no exception. Sure, it was made to remove even the toughest grit and grime off virtually every section of the house, but the unmatched sponge has proven itself to be a top contender for other tricky, sticky, impossible messes. Don’t believe us? Check out these creative ways to put your Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to good use.

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1. Restore Car Headlights

While using a Magic Eraser on a vehicle’s paint has become somewhat of a cautionary tale, it’s completely safe to clean cloudy headlights. A bonus? The cleaning tool even gets rid of the gross yellow coloring that develops over time. Buff each one with a wet Magic Eraser, then wipe with a paper towel as they dry.

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2. Sanitize the Pool Liner

“I can’t wait to clean my vinyl pool liner!” said no one ever. To make the experience less of a drag, a Magic Eraser can get rid of the stains that develop on this delicate element of your pool—and you only need to put in half the effort to do so.

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3. Spruce Up Shoes

Those sparkling white tennis sneakers seemed like such a good idea in the store—until a coffee stain made a surprise guest appearance on them the next morning. Use a wet Magic Eraser to wipe away the stain on the sole, and any other hard material on the shoe. As for the rest of your sneakers, scrub away remaining residue with a toothbrush that contains a simple water and dish soap mixture.

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4. Resolve a Pen Explosion on Leather

In case the Magic Eraser hasn’t sounded too good to be true yet, the Mr. Clean product also makes eliminating ink from leather a total breeze. And thank goodness, because having your pen explode all over your stuff is what our inner elementary-school-kid nightmares are made of. Simply dip the tip of the Magic Eraser in water, then gently rub the ink away.

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5. Remove Dried Nail Polish

Trying to remove spilled nail polish on any type of flooring is like trying to barbecue without a grill—far from ideal. Instead of wasting your time scrubbing the polish with a wet towel, use the Magic Eraser to pick up the liquid; this will work on carpeting as well as hardwood and tile flooring.

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6. Get Rid of Permanent Marker

In the event that your kiddo left a permanent marker doodle behind on the walls in your home, rub the Magic Eraser on the affected area. Just be sure to rotate it constantly, so a fresh part of the eraser is hitting every spot.

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7. Kiss Laptop Grease Stains Goodbye

Real talk: Staring at a laptop keyboard that’s sporting streaky, greasy marks is the visual equivalent of nails on a chalkboard—especially if you’re like us, guilty of surfing the web while eating a gooey, delicious slice of homemade pizza. To get rid of grease on your keyboard and track pad without damaging your computer, wet a Magic Eraser in water, squeeze out the excess, and simply wipe it down a couple of times.

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8. Polish Old Jewelry

Revive grandma’s vintage watch, or any other aged piece of jewelry, by rubbing it with a damp Mr. Clean sponge. This works really well for removing tarnish from silver rings, bracelets and necklaces, too.

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9. Clean Microfiber Furniture

Super soft polyester material makes microfiber furniture unbelievably comfortable. Unfortunately, the smooth texture can be a pain to clean. When you’re stuck with a stain on a microfiber couch or chair, vacuum the soiled area to remove any particles. Then scrub the stain with a wet Magic Eraser until it’s completely gone.

It’s safe to say that the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is perfect for nearly every messy occasion. We’ll be stocking up on one (or two, or three) of these affordable, must-have secret weapons for sure.

Taylor Murphy
Taylor is a food, parenting and health writer. When she's not writing about the newest Oreo flavor or her favorite kitchen appliance, she can be found searching for her next coffee fix or taste-testing recipes with her daughter.