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Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser with Dawn Is the Winning Combo I Didn’t Know I Needed

published Feb 2, 2022
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As a busy mom of young children, I have a lot of favorite cleaning tools, but if I had to narrow it down to just a few, Magic Erasers and Dawn dish soap would absolutely make the cut. Both are inexpensive and do their jobs well. The best part is how truly versatile they are. You can use either on pretty much anything and expect sparkling-clean results. So, when I discovered Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser with Dawn — yes, you’re reading that right — I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough.

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If you’ve ever used a Magic Eraser, you know one of the best parts is that you don’t need to fuss with any other additional cleaning sprays to remove scuffs or stains from surfaces. Just wet the sponge and start erasing. But in this super-handy, kitchen-specific version, Magic Eraser combines its stain-removing skills with Dawn’s grease-fighting power, creating the ideal tool for scrubbing sticky gunk and grease from kitchen surfaces.

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The heavy-duty textured side is perfect for scrubbing tough kitchen messes.

Magic Erasers with Dawn have two sides: one is regular melamine foam, and the other is textured and good for heavy-duty scrubbing. Between the two layers lies Dawn dish soap, which soaks through when the melamine is wet. Once you’ve dipped it in water, all you have to do is squeeze the cleaning pad a couple of times to activate the powerful suds. Mr. Clean touts that Magic Erasers with the added cleaning power of Dawn means “the kitchen scrubber removes three times more greasy kitchen mess per swipe than the leading all-purpose bleach spray cleaner.” I was ready to put this claim to the test and see for myself!

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See, that's Dawn hiding in there!

Because I happened to have a few dirty baking sheets sitting on my counter, I decided to try that first. Reader, it’s safe to say I’m never going back to using a standard sponge for these kinds of baked-on jobs. The Magic Eraser with Dawn was more than powerful enough to take care of the baked-on mozzarella from last night’s pizza. It called for very little elbow grease on my end.

I’ve also heard you can use Magic Erasers to eliminate stains on clothes, so I tried my new cleaning pad on a T-shirt with spilled tomato sauce (also from last night’s pizza). I got the Eraser wet, put a dry towel beneath the stain, and worked at it using the corner of the sponge. As I would have predicted, the red spot totally disappeared — I think the Dawn cut through the oil in the stain, and the Eraser had no problem at all “erasing” the tomato residue. A winning combination!

Lastly, I did what any mom of young kids would do with a Magic Eraser: I cleaned my dirty walls. My son recently went through a phase of drawing on my white walls. So, it was a perfect opportunity to focus on an area he drew on with pencil. Gently, so as not to damage the textured walls, I wiped away at the marks — and after no more than three swipes, I couldn’t see them anymore. I probably would have had to work a little harder had he used a different writing instrument, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see. Now that I have a trusty cleaning tool on hand, I might not be so strict about my son’s budding creativity — but don’t hold me to it.

What do you clean with your Magic Erasers? Tell us in the comments below.