A Cheaper Alternative to Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 by 3 Comments
A Cheaper Alternative to Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Every mother I know adores Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. But, if you’re on a tight budget, you’ve probably noticed that these handy household helpers aren’t exactly cheap.

You can cut them in half to make them last longer, and there are some store brand versions that produce good results. However, there is an even cheaper alternative that is free of harmful chemicals.

Simply mix one teaspoon of baby shampoo with a pinch of baking soda in a small bowl. Dip a clean, slightly damp sponge into the bowl and you have a homemade alternative that will clean most of the nasty stuff a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser takes care off.

I’ve used this method to successfully remove baked on food from my glass oven top, soap scum rings on a fiberglass tub, sticky fingerprints from the wall, and a red stain from spilled cranberry juice on my kitchen counter.

If you don’t have any baby shampoo handy, dish soap seems to be an acceptable substitute. If you have a really stubborn stain, you can add a bit more baking soda for extra scouring action. If you add more baking soda, however, you might need to go over the surface with a wet rag to remove the residue.

I love this natural cleaning tip because I always have these items on hand, so I don’t need to worry about running to the store for cleaning supplies when I get the urge to clean the house.

Do you make your own cleaning supplies? If so, do you have any homemade substitutes for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser that you’d like to share?

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at danahinders.com.

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  • http://www.momhomeguide.com/ MomHomeGuide

    Thanks for the tip! I will definitely have to give this a try. The Magic Erasers are great, but they are expensive.

  • Ruby T.

    Good tip! I want something to really scrub at the tiles and grout in my shower, and the Erasers work, but crumble after one use.

  • http://www.befreebies.com/ BeFreebies.com

    Thank you for the tip – we are trying to use only natural things with no dyes, chemicals, perfumes, etc., in our home. It isn’t always easy to find good natural substitutes that don’t cost a fortune.