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What exactly *IS* Mr. Clean Magic Eraser made of?

The back of the box says,
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The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is an innovative cleaning material that penetrates surface grooves where dirt and grime get trapped. It easily breaks up tough dirt, lifting it away from surfaces, And it does all this with just water alone!
So is it a chemical in solid form? Or is it a new kind of man made "sponge" material?

I can't find any information on it!

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Oh! I just found this!
http://www.epinions.com/content_131343748740

The last time I did a search on this product, I didn't find anything!

So after reading this, is this product relatively safe to use, do you think?

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I'm glad you posted this.

My MIL got one of those things for me and I haven't used it yet because I'm not quite sure what it is. :

That review made it sound relatively safe, but I hope that one of the sage mamas here can give us the "real" scoop.
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I would like to know, too. I have used it before and it works great on walls, though I did notice that it sometimes leaves a bit of a "film". And sometimes it kinda flakes off, kwim? That made me wonder.
But it does work.
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Well, we had tried them once before, on our walls, and I LOVED them.

But I don't want to use them if they contain "nastiness", or I will use them myself, with gloves on.

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My walls have been so bad lately, that it got to the point I didn't care what was in the eraser, I was using them. They are wonderful!
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They are wonderful, though I did notice the film too...I'm not sure what they're made of...:
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I was wondering too
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I resorted to buying one when we were moving out of our last apartment and there were certain marks on the walls and cabinets that my natural cleaners just wouldn't budge.

That thing (the magic eraser) is absolutely amazing. I don't really want to know what's in it, lol. But I only used it very very sparingly on the spots I needed to clean off. I don't think you will ever find out what is in it b/c it's considered "trade secrets".

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Is this Magic Eraser thingie something that you use once ond throw away, or can you use it more than once? How long does it last? You can't get them where I live (Ireland) and I was thinking of asking a friend to send me one, but if it can only be used once or doesn't last very long, I won't bother...
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They come in boxes of four, and though they are disposable, they are multi use first. The box is really light, so shouldn't be too expensive to mail.

Having used them, I'd get some sent.
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Thank yo, Irishmommy! We burn coal for heat in my house so I have been looking for something to remove black stains from the kitchen wall!
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The active ingred is Formaldeyde Melamime Sodium Bisulfite Copolymer

I tried finding the MSDS page on their website (I looked it up about 4 mos ago) but it's no longer there... Sort of odd. They have MSDS pages for other Mr. Clean products... Anyway, here are some MSDS pages that I did manage to dig up:

Sodium Bisulfite:
http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/SO/sodium_bisulfite.html

Melamime:
http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/ME/melamine.html

phenol-formaldehyde resin
http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/PH/ph...hyde_resin.html

formaldehyde, 37% solution
http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/FO/formaldehyde.html

And another sheet with a FAQ on Formaldehyde:
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts111.html

I would personally never use it. I would be particularly careful if you have asthma, and I'd make sure that the area was well ventillated before using the product. Just my 2 cents. HTH!
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I was going to say if anyone here owns a daycare or school you can request the MSDS sheet. They have to give them out if you request them.

But carol mom of 3 took care of that. Thanks
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would personally never use it. I would be particularly careful if you have asthma, and I'd make sure that the area was well ventillated before using the product. Just my 2 cents. HTH!
crap. when i first saw this i thot it must be pretty bad.. this thread almost convinced me to buy it tho! i'm moving in 2 weeks, and it would really help. but i have super bad chemical sensitivities that i didn't even know about until i was moving a couple of years ago.. i ended up using windex and some other chemically cleaner (usually use dr. bronners etc.) and had to go to the hospital. not sure if i have asthma or not, but i guess i'll be staying away from this!
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Ingredients: Formaldehyde-Melamine-Sodium Bisulfite Copolymer.

Health Hazards (Acute and Chronic): This product is considered to be non-toxic

Ingestion: Blockage of the gastrointestinal tract may occur if swallowed.
Eye Contact: N/A
Skin: N/A
Inhalation: N/A

Signs and Symptoms of Exposure:

Ingestion: May cause irritation and/or blockage of the gastrointestinal tract.

Eye Contact: Dust from foam may cause mechanical irritation.

Skin: Dust from foam may cause mechanical irritation.

Inhalation: Dust from foam may cause irritation of the respiratory tract.

Emergency and First Aid Procedures:

Ingestion: If the sponge is ingested, contact a physician or veterinarian immediately. Intestinal blockage may be
life threatening to some household pets.

Eye Contact: In case of eye irritation, flush thoroughly with water for 15 minutes. If irritation persists, seek medical advice.

Skin: In case of skin irritation, flush affected area thoroughly with water and apply a cold compress. If
irritation persists, seek medical advice.

Inhalation: If respiratory irritation occurs, move from the site of exposure to an area with fresh air. If irritation
persists, seek medical advice.
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Ick! I don't think I'd ever use them, but to each their own.

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I didn't get e-mail notification of responses to this thread.

Thank you Carol_momof3!

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The active ingred is Formaldeyde Melamime Sodium Bisulfite Copolymer
Well..SUCK! LOL

I really really like mine, they clean my dining room/kitchen floor SO well......but now. *sigh* Gotta find something else.....
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I use this item on occasion, to remove fingerprints mostly from the doors and some wall marks. I have a mostly chemical free home...I use seventh generation all purpose cleaner or orange clean...vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, "free" laundry det. etc...
I don't see the alarm in the msd's. It is pretty basic stuff...I would certainly keep it out of reach of my toddler and be careful not to let him eat it just as I would not let him eat a regular sponge that I am cleaning with.
It is non-toxic, no fumes (and I am chemically sensitive and can not handle fumes) What is it that I am not seeing that is so alarming that would cause you not to use this product?
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Just bumping and hoping for a response!
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That's interesting. MIL bought me one when ds decided to do some artwork on the wall. It got the crayon right off, but I think I'd use it sparingly if I ever had one again.
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lolabelle--- This was a post that included the links to the MSDS warnings for the active ingredient Formaldehyde melamime Sodium Bisulfate copolymer.

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The active ingred is Formaldeyde Melamime Sodium Bisulfite Copolymer

I tried finding the MSDS page on their website (I looked it up about 4 mos ago) but it's no longer there... Sort of odd. They have MSDS pages for other Mr. Clean products... Anyway, here are some MSDS pages that I did manage to dig up:

Sodium Bisulfite:
http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/SO/sodium_bisulfite.html

Melamime:
http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/ME/melamine.html

phenol-formaldehyde resin
http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/PH/ph...hyde_resin.html

formaldehyde, 37% solution
http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/FO/formaldehyde.html

And another sheet with a FAQ on Formaldehyde:
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts111.html

I would personally never use it. I would be particularly careful if you have asthma, and I'd make sure that the area was well ventillated before using the product. Just my 2 cents. HTH!
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I do NOT care what is in them !! I love them because they remove stuff nothing else can, and have no nasty odors that give me headaches like most heavy duty cleaners do. I do use it pretty sparingly; i think it's better than dousing stubborn stains with nasty bleach.
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Well so far one box has kept me from replacing my tub and repainting my walls in 6 rooms.

On the tub we tried, comet, sos pads, bleech, natrual stuff, everything you could think of but the crap wouldn't budge. It took three sponges but we finally got that baby clean. As for the walls. we used a tiny part of one sponge for all of them. So we used a product with a few chemicals and kept a tub out of the landfil, a new one from being produced (with chemicals), installed (with glues and sealants and not to mention the bathroiom repaint it would entail) and using several gallons of primer and paint. Can totally live with that I love love love these things.

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I heard they are a very fine grade sandpaper, but I guess not huh?

I love them and I think if used only occasionally they are a lot better than a chemical cleaner. They also are fume free which is a good thing!
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