Magic Eraser Review - Mr. Clean Extra Power Magic Eraser is Not Extra Powerful

Review by Venice09 on 2011-05-07
I like using Mr. Clean Magic Eraser around the house and find it most useful in the bathroom, especially when cleaning the bathtub. I picked up the 2-pack Extra Power variety for the first time because the package said 50% stronger to last longer. It is also textured for tough tasks, with concentrated cleaning power that removes built-up grime. That all sounded perfect for the bathtub.

When I took the eraser out of the box, the first thing I noticed was that it seemed to be thinner than the original. It also didn't feel any denser or sturdier. I started to clean the bathtub with the textured side, and my fingers immediately tore into the side I was holding. The texture flattened out quickly, and I can't say that it did a better cleaning job. It did not seem to be 50% stronger, and I can't imagine it lasting any longer than the regular eraser.

I don't remember if the Extra Power was more expensive than the original eraser, but I would not buy it again. I'll stick with the regular one.
Comments:22 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-05-08
Posted by momsey on 2011-05-07:
Good to know. I love the Magic Eraser and I was wondering about this one.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-07:
Yeah, I wouldn't recommend this. I hadn't bought a magic eraser in a while and was surprised to see all the different varieties. It was on sale so I'm not sure if the regular price was more than the original. If it is, it's not worth it.
Posted by S on 2011-05-07:
Read this a day too late! My wife just bought this extra power version. She loves the original. She paid $1 more for hers. She hasn't tried it yet. But I'm guessing she will have a similar experience.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-07:
I hope your wife has better luck, Sparticus. Maybe I was expecting too much based on the description on the box. I don't think it's worth extra money though.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-07:
The original works just fine. I imagine the extra power does cost more.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-07:
I know. I should have stuck with the original. I got excited when I saw all the new ones. There's even one with cleanser inside! Wasn't the point of Magic Eraser to eliminate the cleanser?.. Oh, well.
Posted by D. on 2011-05-07:
The original is the bestest. I buy mine at BJ's and I get something like 10 or 12 in a plastic container because that is all I use for my stove and everything else I have to clean. I tried the Eraser with the added detergent in it (Maybe Dawn, I'm not sure) it foams and soaps up but I didn't care for it and went back to the original. So many times a company will get a great working product then they try to 'improve' it and it isn't always the best move to make. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-07:
The reason I liked Magic Eraser in the first place was because I didn't have to get any cleanser on my hands. I was never able to use original Dawn dish detergent because it burned my skin. I never could get the hang of wearing gloves.

The only other one I might try is the big one. That would make cleaning the bathtub quicker.
Posted by Skye on 2011-05-07:
Thanks Venice, good to know. I love the Magic Eraser, but always thought it should be bigger.
Posted by T on 2011-05-07:
Excellent review, Venice. I'm not a devotee of cleaning products, but it surprises me there would be two versions of this on the store shelf at the same time (however it sounds like there are). I guess that's marketing for you.

On a tangental note, for extra hard stains around my drains (I have well water) I use a product called Zud. This is for the person like I, who cleans his sinks and tubs once or twice a year (:
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-07:
Yes, the big one looks handy, Skye. There's even one for a mop! I didn't realize Magic Eraser had expanded it's line so much.
Posted by Johanna on 2011-05-07:
The magic eraser does not take ink off of walls. I will often burn through a 4-pack in the vain effort to remove some of Baby Clutzy's artwork from my walls.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-07:
I used Zud in one of my apartments where the sink and tub were in bad shape. I was using Soft Scrub before Magic Eraser, but it was rough on my hands. I don't use a lot of cleaning products either. I don't like all the chemicals, and I can't stand the smell.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-07:
I've never tried it on ink, clutzy. That's one of the toughest things to remove. If you go through a lot of magic erasers, it gets expensive.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-07:
Try hairspray clutzy. Spray the ink, but don't let the hairspray run down the wall, then wipe with a damp cloth and dry.
Posted by T on 2011-05-07:
Zud is like using a sledgehammer to put in a 10 penny nail for average folks. But when you need the big gun, it's good to have in the arsenal. A typical pipe wrench might be, oh, 16-18" long. I have one that stands 3' tall. I've used it, but not often.

I use Soft Scrub also, Venice. I guess gloves wouldn't make the process any more appealing? It sounds to me like "no muss, no fuss" cleaning products are right up your alley!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-07:
Thanks Venice. I have never tried the original, but maybe I should. Would you know if it can help take crayon and pencil marks off walls? Been looking for something to help with that. Toddlers...you know.
Posted by FlShopper on 2011-05-07:
I found the same results when I bought the Extra Power eraser...it does not work as well or last as long as the original. And the original works great!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-07:
I love the magic eraser, but I will cross this one off my shopping list and stick with the original
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-07:
Nicole, it works on pencil, but I'm not sure about crayon. I haven't had that problem in a long time. It might depend on the paint finish.
Posted by Alain on 2011-05-08:
Thanks for the heads up, Venice!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-05-08:

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