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This Amazing Sponge Cleaned My Dirty Oven in a Matter of Minutes

published May 1, 2022
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While I have a lot of favorite cleaning products, melamine foam is one of the most miraculous tools I’ve ever used in my home. Whether it’s crayon drawings and scuff marks on my white walls or stains on plastic food containers, this cleaning essential erases the peskiest marks. The best part? You don’t need any other cleaning supplies or chemicals to get the job done. Just run it under water, wring it out, and put the sponge to work! 

Credit: Ashley Abramson

So, when I recently found out that the popular Scrub Daddy brand also makes its own type of melamine foam sponge, I was excited to try it out. It’s supposed to be 10 times stronger and much more effective than competing brands. I had to know if that was true. Would these sponges be more durable? As anyone who has used melamine knows, it’s common for the sponges to end up crumbling after a few uses. Determined to see how these sponges stacked up to other brands, I ordered the Eraser Daddy and got to work.

The first thing you need to know about the Eraser Daddy is that it’s made up of two layers — the melamine on one side and the brand’s signature sponge on the other. Melamine basically operates like ultra-fine sandpaper that can loosen up dirt and grime. Embedded in the foam, you’ll find “scrubbing gems” for extra abrasiveness. On the other side, you’ll find the Scrub Daddy sponge part, which gets soft in warm water and hard in cold water.

Credit: Ashley Abramson

For my first test, I went straight to my dirty oven, where I’d burned cheese pizza (um, a while ago) and never bothered to clean. I used cold water, anticipating I’d need firmness when scrubbing inside the oven, and I immediately noticed how strong the foam part felt — way more durable than alternatives, even after repeatedly wetting the sponge and rubbing away at the cheesy burnt-on bits. It was the easiest clean-up I’ve ever experienced with an oven, hands-down!

Credit: Ashley Abramson

Next, I used the Eraser Daddy with warm water on my son’s white sneakers, which were covered in dirt and scuff marks. It’s safe to say I was truly amazed at how easy the shoes were to clean with the Eraser Daddy. Not only did it remove the dirt and scuff marks, but it also actually restored the brightness! I liked being able to flip over to the sponge side to scrub the dirt away first, then use the “eraser” part to remove scuffs and brighten up the white. You can see the difference yourself!

In both jobs, I had to scrub with some elbow grease, but the melamine foam stayed intact the whole time. I’ve retired the Shoe Sponge, designating it only for footware-related tasks. (You don’t want to clean anything in the kitchen with the same sponge that’s been used on shoes!) But I’ve been using the second sponge (you get two in a pack) for other kitchen-related jobs (cabinet doors, my stovetop, my sink, and more) and I’d say Eraser Daddy totally lives up to its claims.

What do you clean with melamine foam? Tell us in the comments below.