Do you sometimes discover something about your husband that you never knew in all your years of living with him? That’s what happened a few weeks ago.
I must clarify that HH and I don’t discuss cleaning methods, cleaning products, or anything about cleaning in general. That’s why I was completely blown over when he came out with this statement. (Right out of the blue.)
I really like that Magic Eraser thing. It’s really useful for a lot of things!
What????? Running through my mind was, “Did he even know where we keep them?” How does he know about Mr. Clean Magic Erasers™?
What HH did next was top-notch a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
He Googled making our own erasers of magic and read off the “recipe”.
We may have to start a new blog! What about… Hoodmanor Household Helps… (Other ideas welcome.)
OK, so let’s get to this erasers of magic cleaning test!
The first step is to order melamine sponges from Amazon*. (I will receive a small commission if you use the image link below to order from Amazon.) These erasers clean many surfaces on their own with just water (says their listing). They were the best deal, the most for the money, with the best reviews overall.
Some of the others had more scattered ratings with comments such as “didn’t hold up with heavy scrubbing”. I have to say that I’ve had trouble with Mr. Clean™ Magic Erasers not holding up to the pressure. I was certainly curious about these new melamine ones!
To mix the solution, thoroughly stir one cup of very hot water plus one tablespoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of Borax per sponge. Let it soak completely on one side, then flip it over and allow the solution to soak completely into the sponge(s).
As I thought of what to test, I wanted to avoid a surface that might remove paint (from walls), so I opted for my table in the project studio.
First of all, the left side of the table was already cleaner than the right. I decided to give the real magic eraser an advantage. I cleaned the left side with Mr. Clean™ Magic Eraser and the right with my test sponge (after squeezing the solution out of it).
The sponges were dirty after cleaning half of their sides of the table. Here’s the shape of the sponges after cleaning each of their sides of the entire table.
The Mr. Clean™ Magic Eraser was more mashed and miss-shaped after using. The DIY eraser is dirtier because it cleaned the dirtier side of the table. It held up very well to the double amount of scrubbing!
A bonus is I have a completely clean table.
I rinsed the table well with clean water after using the sponges – in case the residue is harmful to any fabric I place there.
What do you think? Are you as convinced as I am that these DIY sponges might be better than Mr. Clean™ Magic Erasers?
Oh, and…blog names in case HH wants to start a new one for a duet. Any thoughts?
*Affiliate link. See disclosure here.
I’m sharing my magic sponges at Metamorphosis Monday. Join us, won’t you?