It is not always possible to clean with conventional cleaning agents. But with a dirt eraser, also known as a miracle sponge, even stubborn dirt can be easily erased without chemical additives. It’s also the ideal solution for a ton of household problems. Read here what and how you can use the magic sponge!
Dirt eraser principle and ingredients
The dirt eraser is made of melamine resin – a chemical compound with a high nitrogen content – which is widely used in the manufacture of adhesives, plastics, whiteboards, countertops and dishes.
The open-pored melamine sponge works like an extremely fine sandpaper and has tiny air pockets where the dirt collects. In order for the active ingredient to develop its abrasive properties, the sponge must first be moistened and then simply rubbed over the stained area. No additional cleaning agents are required, which is also good for the environment. After use, simply wash it out and let it air dry.
The melamine particles and dirt rub off during use. Just like a conventional eraser, the sponge gets smaller and smaller. Therefore, in order to clean smaller areas, it makes sense to cut the dirt eraser into smaller cubes.
Instructions for use
Dirt erasers are a real miracle cure if you use them carefully and skillfully! Note that the melamine sponge should first be tested on a small and inconspicuous area with any type of dirt. Only then is further use recommended. The more robust the surface, the more likely the dirt eraser is an option. You should not treat shiny, lacquered surfaces with it.
The use of the dirt eraser works best on dirt that is only thin-surfaced. Rubbing too hard can damage surfaces and materials. Particular care should be taken with very sensitive, shiny or matt plastic, stainless steel or lacquered surfaces, as the melamine particles can leave ugly scratches. The sponge must also not be used dry and in combination with cleaning agents that contain solvents.
This is how you can use the dirt eraser
For walls – The eraser sponge is the secret weapon against dirty children’s fingers, pen and colored pencil marks on walls. Fingerprints around the light switch also disappear in no time. Be aware, however, that rubbing too hard can damage wallpaper or rub off wall paint.
For floors – You can get black rubber traces from shoes on the parquet, laminate or tiles without leaving any residue. However, the sponge is not suitable for linoleum floors.
Dirt eraser on leather – Leather bags discolored by jeans? White leather couch turned gray from everyday dirt? The magic sponge also works flawlessly with leather car seats.
Dirt eraser for shoes – The protective eraser is also worthwhile for dirty rubber soles. White shoes, in particular, will look like new!
Stains on textiles – Whether it’s ketchup or oil, if you dab (don’t rub) the stain with a dampened dirt eraser, it should be completely gone after washing.
Remove deposits – One way to remove unwanted deposits from styling products on straightening irons and curling irons is to use a dirt eraser. The method also works with irons.
Remove stickers and glue residue – With a dirt eraser you can remove adhesive residues from ceramics and plastic, especially from the terrible price adhesive labels.
Keyboards, laptops, remote controls – Greasy spots on the laptop’s trackpad and dirty keys are no problem for the magic sponge. To just slightly moisten it, you can use a spray bottle. Before cleaning, switch off the laptop or PC and preferably remove the battery.
The dirt eraser is an all-rounder in the kitchen
For a clean ceramic hob – Even stubborn fat crusts and burnt-in items can be easily removed from the ceramic hob. Just be careful not to rub too hard so you don’t scratch the surface.
To clean the oven – The miracle sponge can also be used to remove stains from the stove window.
Some housewives also recommend the use of melamine sponges Kitchen fronts. You should be careful with that though. If you erase in one place for a long time, you will attack the surface.
Using a dirt eraser in the bathroom will keep everyone sparkling clean!
Clean the shower curtain – Is there mold, yellow discoloration and brown edges on your shower curtain? These can be removed from the vinyl in a few minutes with the magic sponge.
Shower cubicle and bathtub clean – Dirt erasers are also effective against soap residue and limescale deposits on shower doors. They will also serve you well when cleaning the bathtub and sink. It is better not to treat chrome-plated fittings.
For joints – Dirty tile joints in the bathroom and kitchen make the whole room look dingy. With the dirt eraser you can get yellow grout white again!
Against urine stone in the toilet – The internet is full of failures where people just let the sponges float in the toilet bowl. It doesn’t work that way – you still have to scrub! Speaking of the toilet: you can also use the magic sponge to get a yellow toilet seat and toilet lid whiter again. Just scrub the yellow spots clean.
You must not use the magic sponge for this!
Not suitable for stainless steel, high-gloss fronts and lacquered wood
Don’t let the soft texture of the foam fool you. As soon as it gets wet, it has the abrasiveness of 3000 grit sandpaper. For this reason, the household eraser is not suitable for cleaning stainless steel and chrome, as it will remove the high-gloss layer. Also, do not use it to remove burnt-in fat and food residue from pots and pans with non-stick coatings. This will damage its surface. Neither does it help to clean lacquered wood paneling and wooden dining tables.
Do not use on car paint
While the magic sponge can be useful for removing dirt from the cup holder, dashboard, and leather seats of your car, don’t use it to get dried-up stains of bird droppings off the sheet metal. The dirt eraser will remove the car paint and leave dull spots.
Do not use on natural stone countertops
Melamine sponges are abrasive. So avoid using it on delicate countertops such as marble and granite. Not only can they damage the binder, but they can also scratch the countertop and make it appear dull.
Do not use on the skin
Last year, The Sun reported that several women had chemical burns on their skin from using melamine sponges to remove their self-tanner. Then they used Twitter to warn others and share their skin problems after using the dirt eraser. With this in mind, it would make sense not to use the household eraser on skin.