The beloved stain-fighting sponge recently got a makeover, so we're sharing all of our favorite ways to use it.

By Stephanie Sisco
Updated April 06, 2018
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The Magic Eraser has dozens of uses: Simply wet it, wipe it, and watch scuff marks, burnt-on greece, marker scribbles, and so much more disappear. We prefer the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Durable cleaning pads with Durafoam—it's four times stronger than the original version—and here's how we like to clean with it.

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“It’s the easiest way to eliminate burnt-on grime from my old gas range,” says Stephanie Sisco, Home Editor. It also works wonders on flat electric cooktops.


If you’ve ever noticed a film on your curling iron or blow dryer, give it a swipe with the dampened eraser.


Unplug it before removing fingerprints and other smudges.


Slobbery pets making your walls look speckled? Try this tool to eliminate the discoloration.


“It works beautifully on marker, crayon, and colored pencil marks that inevitably make it onto the walls,” says Heather Morgan Shott, Digital Director,


If you’ve ever lifted up a bottle of shaving cream from your tub surround to find a ring of rust beneath it, swipe it with the sponge to instantly eliminate it.


After a day in the grass or when scuffs from everyday wear and tear develop, the sponge offers an easy way to revive your shoes in a snap.


When splatters and spills build up in these kitchen workhorses, wipe them up quickly with the sponge.


If you’ve ever roasted beets or de-seeded a pomegranate, you know the stains they can leave behind. This sponge can swipe them away along with marks from curry spices and other highly pigmented ingredients.


If your once-white grout is looking a little lackluster, bring it back to life with this tool.


Remove scuffs from the baseboards and walls in a hallway or mudroom after boots, shoes, and bags leave their mark.


Tackle toothpaste in the sink and on the faucet.


If hands leave behind a mark of makeup or gardening debris on your cabinets, this is an easy fix.


Try it in an inconspicuous area first, just to be safe, but the sponge can help remove color transfer from jeans and other marks.


It easily removes burnt on liquid from your coffee maker’s hot plate or roast residue from your slow cooker’s handles.


“We have a white leather couch in my apartment and the Magic Eraser is the only thing that gets it to look really white!” says Editorial Assistant Nora Horvath, You can also use it on light-colored laminate surfaces.


Wipe away soap scum on tile walls.


If your walls seem to mark up easily when a frame shifts along the surface, try attaching a small piece of the Magic Eraser as a “bumper” between your wall and the frame (no more marks!).


If you’ve ever written in permanent ink only to discover that it bled onto the surface below, have no fear: this sponge should do the trick.


If you’re trying to clean off the remnants of a label from a jar, try this sponge to tackle the hardest-to-remove glue.