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The wonders of the magic eraser

by Julie Finch-Scally

My Nephew has just discovered the wonders of the magic eraser that removes stains from cups and other little marks on items that cannot be cleaned with a scourer.

I had a very well used small piece of magic eraser next to the sink and my Nephew, who was staying with me for a few days, wasn’t sure whether he should throw it away or not. I quickly explained what the eraser could do and he left it where he had found it.

The next morning as we emptied the dish washer the large enameled roasting dish still had some stains. The dishwasher had not done its job. So Nephew used the magic eraser and voila the stains were gone.

I was quite surprised at how delighted he was with the results. I guess when you use something on a regular basis you don’t realise how unusual results can be to someone who hasn’t used the product before. Needless to say the Nephew said he was going to purchase a packet of the magic erasers when he got back home.

But why is the magic eraser so successful? Well I guess that is corporate knowledge, because I have no idea how these little puffs of magic are made. I do know they are available in the US and I believe other parts of the world other than Australia.

But although the magic eraser works wonders with porcelain and enamel, one has to be careful when using them to clean marks off walls. I thought I would be clever and use one in a customer’s house to remove a scuff mark only to notice that the paint came off as well. I think a light clean with a damp cloth and a drop of cream cleanser might have been more successful on that occasion.

But that doesn’t mean the magic eraser cannot be used for cleaning marks off paint. I have found it most successful on skirting boards, doors and architraves painted with gloss paint. Care does have to be taken otherwise the paint loses its glossy look, but a gentle wipe along the mark easily removes it and keeps the paint work looking pristine.

There is no doubt the magic eraser is just that. If you don’t have one in your home they can be purchased in the cleanser aisle of the supermarket, and I have even seen them in my local hardware store.


Dusty soft toys

by Julie Finch-Scally

If your bedroom is like mine there are a large number of soft toys displayed. If your bedroom is also like mine, those soft toys are somewhat dusty. In fact last week I looked at the large penguin which should have been black over its head and down its back, and the fur was covered with so much dust it was starting to look white.

For a cleaner to have soft toys in such a bad condition was not a very good advertisement so I had to take the penguin outside and give it a bash with my hand. You have no idea how much dust flew up into the air. Even the penguin gave me that happier look when I put it back in its place.

Soft toys are great harbourers of dust. The smaller ones get dusty but don’t show it, where as the larger the toy the more the dust is noticeable. And as my penguin was large and black the white dust was extremely noticeable.

I find the easiest way to get soft toys clean is to shake and hit them with the heel of the hand or if possible pile them all in a large broken plastic box with a hole at one end into which the end of the vacuum hose can be placed and shake the box while the vacuum is running. You would be surprised at the amount of dust this removes from the toys. You will need a filter such as a section of an old stocking over the hose hole to stop small toys being sucked into the vacuum.

As most soft toys just sit and look pretty there is no need to wash them. If you have a child that uses a soft toy as a security blanket then that specific toy will need to be washed. It can be by hand or in the washing machine.

Which ever way you should choose to wash that toy, firstly place it in a bras bag. This stops the toy being flattened when being squeezed or spun to remove the excess water. It also helps stop the loss of small stuck on parts on the toy.

Whilst cleaning the toys give the area where they sit a wipe over with a damp cloth then wipe down with a dry tea towel or absorbent cloth. When the toys are clean they will have a dust free area to sit on.

You will never be able to stop dust building up on soft toys, but giving them a three monthly dust will help to keep them looking fresh and clean.

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