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Muscle Power: The Magic Eraser to the rescue (again)

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I've already written about the wonderfulness of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, a sponge-like cleaning product which gets rid of dirt that other products can't touch. Now it's time for another shout-out.

Over the years my favorite drinking glass has acquired an icky film - likely caused by hard water - that has been resistant to every cleaning technique I've tried. I've tackled it with scrubber sponges and dish detergent; put it in the dishwasher; wiped it out with Soft Scrub; soaked it in solutions of dishwasher powder and water, vinegar and water and ammonia and water. Nothing worked.

Then, last week, I happened to swipe the inside of the glass with a Magic Eraser. The film vanished instantly - no elbow grease required. I've since used a Magic Eraser on mugs with tea stains that my dishwasher couldn't handle.

Magic Erasers are available in the cleaning sections of supermarkets, hardware stores and mass-market retailers. A two-pack costs a couple of dollars.

Procter & Gamble, which introduced the Magic Eraser in 2003, says the product works via "water-activated micro scrubbers." I'm clearly not the only fan: Earlier this month P&G announced that the company had just made its billionth Magic Eraser.

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