Do You Believe in Magic?

I hate, hate, hate my kitchen sink.

The kitchen sink should be one of the cleanest surfaces in our home. Unfortunately, quite often, the kitchen sink is full of germs. After all, the kitchen sink sees a lot of action.

I rinse our fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, poultry, and almost anything we can think of in the sink. I drain pots and pans into the sink. I wash dishes, glasses, and silverware in the sink. I rinse out paint brushes and other crafty items that need cleaning in the sink.

I've even tossed a child in the kitchen sink for a quick nighttime bath.

I can never keep it clean enough... It's an old iron/porcelain sink with numerous chunks of missing porcelain. It has a weird brass? drain on one side that is mysteriously multi-colored and difficult to clean. It seems like my sink's favorite thing to do is absorb stains.

I've tried comet, soft scrub, and, as the Fly Lady reccommends, even soaked it with bleach but nothing worked. That is, until my friend, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, came to visit. This thing ROCKS!

A quick swipe with the Magic Eraser and the yucky grime that used to be impossible to get rid of is gone! I know the 'after' photo still doesn't look that great but it really is a 100% improvement! My bathtubs come clean. Scuff marks are removed from doors so easily. The grossness that can sometimes build up on the lightswitches - gone! I love me some Mr. Clean. It's a piece of foam heaven. Seriously.
** A side note: The magic eraser should not be used to clean people... I heard about a child with "chemical burns" from a magic eraser and looked it up online. Apparently it's similar to a very fine sandpaper and the burns were actually caused by friction, not by any chemicals in the Magic Eraser. The company insists they are non-toxic. **


Anonymous said...

I LOVE that thing! I wonder what it has in it. It is kind of scary to think about.

Spymommy said...

I've heard it's got particles of finely crushed sea shells, or sea urchins or sea something in it - so yeah, not mean for use on humans!

But I do love it too - although I've found that scrubbing at a stubborn stain for too long w/ a magic eraser can leave a very odd spot on some painted surfaces - like the walls my kids seem to lick with chocolate face. What's that about?

Phat Phillips said...

I have used them you are right they are amazing and magic.

Tobi said...

Your kitchen sink certainly looks better! I love me some Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. My son colored a wall with some markers. (non-permenant but still scary to try to get off) It all came off quite easliy with the magic eraser.

Erin said...

Wow! I need one of those. I have heard of them several times but I have not tried them. I have a shoe mark on my wall that I would love to get off.

Lori Gerten said...

I. Love. The. Magic. Eraser.

I did hear that it had formaldehyde in it. Could be an urban legend. Quite frankly I don't care because it works on EVERYTHING.

Anderson Zoo Keepers said...

Big fan, but you have to be careful not to use it on anything that is crusty or bumpy at all because it'll shred the eraser. I've tried it on just about everything and learned that lesson. They do have various kinds of pads - some of which handle those surfaces better. If you want to be totally grossed out, use it on your lineolum or other older floor surface and see the difference between how it cleans and how your floor currently looks. My SIL when she was 8 months pregant ended up doing her entire kitchen floor by hand using about 20 sponges because she went into full nesting hysteria. It was kinda funny.

Georgianna said...

haha, there is a story about my grandmother and her adament use of Pine Sol(apparently not genetic). A small child came to stay with them for a couple of days and she attempted to scrub off a birthmark.

Heather said...

I love them. They are also great on tubs. I have also used them on kitchen floors. WONDERFUL!