Magic Erasers

I was trying to come up with a better name for the title, but I’m way too tired to be creative after cleaning the bathtub. It’s not often I get the urge to clean the dreaded giant scum collector, so when it comes, I jump on it.

I have a strange obsession with cleaning supplies. I don’t clean nearly enough to justify such an obsession, but I blame my recent purchase of various cleaning tools for my spark of inspiration to clean the tub.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I clean the tub, but it’s usually by spraying it with “scrub free” cleaner and hoping for the best. The times I do break down and scrub, it rarely looks any better after I finish. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about: that disgusting, discoloring build-up that just won’t come off and makes you deathly afraid of taking a bath.

I’m not sure what this stuff is, but I was determined to get it off. It leaves splotches on the pretty white, but is deceivingly impossible to scrub off. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to try and scrub off yours. Go ahead. Try sponges, washcloths, scrubby pads, a toilet brush (yes, I have tried all of these), but you’re going to be disappointed.

Yesterday I was at Dollar Tree and saw their brand of magic erasers and immediately had a flashback of working housekeeping at college and being able to get scuff marks and other weird stuff off of the classroom walls with those blessed things. Although I had only worked with the name brand, I decided to give the Dollar Tree brand a fair chance. They had two different kinds, two-sided (regular sponge on one side, magic eraser on the other) and just the magic eraser by itself. For the tub, I thought the two-sided one might prove more useful.

If you’ve never heard of this magical white block of fortune from the gods, seriously, get one. It will change your life.

All you do is rinse the eraser with water and ring it out, and start scrubbing. The picture below is the unused eraser next to the one that I used to clean the bottom of the tub.

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Yes, that tub tore up my poor eraser, but the build-up didn’t stand a chance. I used the second eraser to scrub the tiles above the tub, since they appeared to have some build-up as well, and I used the sponge to wash off the weird leftover stuff the eraser leaves. I didn’t notice any difference in the quality or durability of the $1 magic eraser compared to the Mr. Clean brand.

Fingerprints on the wall? Nasty water stuff in the bathroom? Scuff marks in weird places? Yeah, the magic eraser can handle that. I highly recommend it.

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