Homemade Magic Erasers

by Merissa on November 18, 2013

in Make Your Own

Homemade Magic Erasers - Little House Living


Homemade Magic Erasers

All those out there with a toddler or a little one that has colored on your walls raise your hand!

Now all those with hard well water that stains everything raise your hand!

I can raise my hand to both of those! It seems like my tub and my walls are never clean, at least not at the same time with all that goes on around here.

Not long after we bought our first house I discovered Magic Erasers. It seemed like they were the only things I could find that would scrub that tough mineral stains off my tub in our bathroom.

But when we started switching over to homemade cleaning supplies, Magic Erasers did not make the switch with us. They were too expensive for our new routine and just didn't fit into our budget.

So what's a girl with a mineral stained bathtub supposed to do? Make her own Homemade Magic Erasers of course! It's so easy, and it's even much cheaper than buying the store version. Let's get started!

Homemade Magic Erasers

What You Need:

  • Sponge
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Castile Soap (Where to Buy)
  • Warm Water
  • Spray Bottle

Grate up a small amount of your Castile Soap bar until you have about a teaspoon to a tablespoon that you can add to your spray bottle. If you are using a liquid Castile Soap you can obvious skip this step.

In the spray bottle, mix together the warm water, baking soda, and soap. Swirl around until the baking soda and the Castile Soap is pretty much dissolved.

Now for your sponge...you have a couple options. You can either pick up a pack of sponges at the Dollar Store, (My local store sells a pack of 6 for $1). Grab this pack of 10 more scrubber like sponges on Amazon for less than $1, or buy generic Magic Erasers in bulk. (Which are even cheaper than a regular sponge, although please note that they are a little smaller.) As you can see, I went with the generic Magic Erasers since they would last me a while.

Spray your mixture either right on the surface you are wanting to clean or directly onto the sponge. Scrub just as you would with a store bought Magic Eraser.

Look at that cleaning power of the Homemade Magic Erasers when I used them on my very mineral stained bathtub. I love it!

Before

Homemade Magic Erasers

After

Homemade Magic Erasers

And if you go with the generic Magic Sponge option you are only paying about $0.25 or less per sponge. (Sould be less if you go with the scrubbies) The store version is about $0.85 per sponge or more depending on where you are buying them. Doesn't sound like much difference but let's do some math for fun, ok?

If you use 3 Magic Eraser Sponges per week....

Homemade Magic Eraser cost per year @3 per week = $39

Store Bought Magic Eraser cost per year @3 per week = $132.60

Savings Per Year = $93.60!

Of course you can save even more each year by making all your own Homemade Cleaning Supplies!

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1 Kim L November 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

Wow,your tub was really mineral stained! I think the after still has some mineral stains too. After you buy sponges, castile soap and baking soda I think it would be just as cost effective to buy Mr. Clean magic erasers and a cleaner called:”The Works” and I think it would clean the rest of the mineral stains you still have.

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2 Miranda November 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

No offense, but if you don’t like the post idea then don’t comment on it. When you have water with large amounts of iron in it you do your best to get it clean, even if it doesn’t end up spotless.

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3 Katelyn November 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

The point of the post is to be all natural AND cost effective.

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4 Pat M. November 19, 2013 at 1:57 am

Sorry but that was a shocking comment. The after is amazing! I’m going to give it a try!

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5 Nicole November 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

It’s not a shocking comment! She was just stating there are still some mineral stains… which you can still see in the picture. People are getting way too sensitive.

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6 Barb February 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

melamine sponge is a generic version of magic eraser and is quite cheap in bulk on amazon and ebay. Worth a look for those who do not wish to make.

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7 Jenn March 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm

The commenter is right. Soaking some paper towels in the works cleaner allowing them to set for around an hour then rinsing should remove hard water stains. The works cost around $2. Wear gloves and ventilate room.

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8 crystal June 20, 2014 at 1:13 am

And I think that’s the point exactly, no ventilation is needed with baking soda & castile soap. For people who prefer chemical free or are sensitive, this is a good alternative

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9 Sallieanne June 29, 2014 at 11:24 am

While the commenter is on point and the tub is not perfect the point was to go chemical free. However I will say “the works” is one of the most economical cleaners and it totally amazed me when I tried it on hard water SCALE that I was NEVER able to remove. And it did so w very little effort. With that being said as a fellow blogger I understand that once you put the effort into putting a blog together to share something that worked for you it hurts when someone makes an obvious dig at your results.

THANKYOU for taking the time to share something Hyatt worked for you. Another plus is if you find yourself out of the traditional cleaning supplies it’s always a plus to have back up ideas!

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10 Michele Langston November 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

I used to teach preschool, and in my classrooms, we were always having to clean crayon off things. We used toothpaste, because it was easy to store and for the most part nontoxic. Don’t think it would work on hard water stains, but for small (or large!) crayon emergencies, toothpaste works wonders!

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11 Reese November 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

Wow, great idea. Thank you! I LOVE the magic erasers but they are sooo expensive. Thanks for sharing an alternative and yes iron stains are extremely hard to get completely rid of, especially when you choose safer cleaning products.

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12 Patty Gross November 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

We have this problem too. What I do, even though it’s not eco-friendly, is fill the bathtub up to the stain mark and then pour in Clorox bleach, let it sit overnight, and the tub is white by morning!

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13 emilie November 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

thanks so much for sharing this! what a great idea =)
approximately how much water do you use?

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14 Merissa November 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I fill up a spray bottle, I think it’s about 16 ounces? You can pick them up for about a dollar at Target or Walmart :)

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15 Shannon November 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Thanks for posting! I can’t wait to try it. I’m always looking for more natural means to clean.

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16 Linda Steiger November 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Merissa, Our well water used to do the same things to our tub and when I put bleach in a white wash the water would immediately turn rust colored from the reaction of the iron in our water and the bleach (this was before the days of non-chlorine bleach we can buy now). What a nightmare! When we were forced to dig a new well for bigger capacity, the strange iron reaction did not occur in the new well. I used to buy CLR by the large bottle. The magic erasers are a new idea to me (I’m old as dirt!!!) but have just recently bought them – although my scrubbing walls after toddlers are looooong over! I just cannot do that really heavy scrubbing like I used to when I was your age (torn rotator cuff & bad back). Is there a natural liquid one could spray to dissolve these deposits (like CLR?) without too much scrubbing?

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17 Sallieanne June 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

If you don’t mind chemicals the works is a fantastic secret weapon.

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18 mitzi November 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

What’s the “scrubbies” you mention?

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19 Merissa November 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

My dollar store sells more of a scrubbie pad instead of the traditional sponge. Just another option :)

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20 sue November 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

You are amazing! How did you come up with all of these. I am using the bottles from the expensive cleaners and making my own all natural. I love the savings and having less chemicals in my house. I have found that through out my process of becoming chemical free I am completly following your site. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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21 Andrea November 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

This is great!! I used to LOVE magic erasers before I transitioned over to homemade cleaners. Now I am so leery of the toxins in cleaners that I refuse to buy any commercial cleaners anymore. I am definitely going to make these — especially for bathtubs. I hate cleaning bathtubs, so hopefully this will help. Thanks so much!

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22 Brooke November 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

This is great! I usually use about a cup of baking soda and a microfiber rag to clean my bath and shower, kind of making a paste and leaving quite a film as I clean. When I’ve scrubbed all I can scrub, I spray vinegar from a spray bottle all over the walls and tub and let chemistry do the rest. After a few minutes I just rinse, but because baking soda IS abrasive, there is still a little grit left if I don’t rinse super well. Do you find that there is much grit or residue to wipe off using the method you described?

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23 Merissa November 19, 2013 at 6:44 am

Not really. There is a little bit and I just rinse it down but not much.

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24 Elise November 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

Awesome! I love magic erasers, but like you say, they’re not really in my budget. :)
I wonder if this recipe would work well using microfiber cloths instead. I LOVE microfiber for cleaning!

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25 Cynthia L November 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

What a great idea. I used to purchase Magic Erasers, but quit because I felt the cost was not necessary – I just used more elbow grease. Now I can make my own and save and get the same cleaning power.

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26 Eileen November 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Oh Melissa, I wish I were there to wrap my arms around you. Words can be so hurtful. Some people need to put there brain in gear before they put their mouth in motion.

But know that there are many of us, more than you know that love your site. I give you guys credit for all the things you try to get ahead. This is a tough world we live in.

I so enjoyed reading about how you lived in a trailer with a baby at that.

I do not know how you manage living in the U.S. with the way things are going. I feel very blessed to live in Canada with all the benefits health and other things.

Please keep your head up and try to ignore people that hurt you, easier said than done. Keep up the good work and God Bless You. Happy Thanksgiving to you. Huggs Eileen Bartsch from Canada.

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27 Merissa November 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thank you for your kind words Eileen :) btw, your last name is incredibly close to my maiden name. Crazy!

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28 christian h November 23, 2013 at 7:04 am

I would like to say I’m sorry for the rude comments you get, I just don’t understand whatever happened to “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” I also would like to thank you for your site, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I am so glad you did this post on magic erasers too, I have so much trouble with them just crumbling in my hands, a sponge would be so much sturdier. Thanks for all your tips and posts!

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29 Tabitha November 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

Silly Ladies…it seemed as though she made clear paths with the cleaner so you could literally see the difference :) Sometimes when people read these posts they are on tablets and phones and the second picture really shows you clearly how this works. And…as far as using The Works, it isn’t fun sitting a child in a bath that you cannot be certain does not contain residues of harsh chemicals! There are many reasons for using a simpler approach to cleaning: Costs, Environment, Allergies, and of course Ease :) I figure that if you don’t ask me to clean your bathroom, you can post whatever ideas and pictures on how you clean it yourself ;) Thank you for sharing :)

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30 Leigh-Ann November 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Why not just buy the generic ones and use them as is? They work the same…

For another option, you can buy the same type of foam at place like Lowes/Home depot – its called melamine. You can get a huge thing of it for $5.

Baking soda/peroxide on a regular sponge or the foam works great too.

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31 Merissa November 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I’m confused Leigh Ann, did you read the above post? I mentioned buying the generic Magic Erasers on Amazon (or where ever you can pick them up the cheapest) and they will work the same. Otherwise if you can’t find them you can use the above cleaning mixture with a regular sponge for similar results.

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32 Wendy November 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I do not intend to be rude or judgmental in any way but I am a bit confused. You said that you bought the generic magic sponges to use instead of a regular sponge. I usually buy the WM brand of Magic Eraser and find they work just as well. How do you know the results are from the natural cleaner and not from the generic sponge? I would love to find something that works as well and as easily. I wonder what is actually in them that makes them clean so well.

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33 Merissa November 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

The Magic Erasers (or the generics) work ok without a cleaner because of the texture of the sponge and how they are uniquely made. You can duplicate the results by using a regular sponge and the cleaner recipe that I metnioned above.

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34 melissa soucy November 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Well The Works is very bad on porcelain. For the amount of sponges I use on my stained sink and shower every week, because they do fall apart very fast I am going to try the home made one. I use them on my car inside and out.
I use a cleaner called Wink to help clean out the really hard stains and it doesn’t hurt the porcelain or pipes.
As far as the rude remarks there are always going to be someone who speaks before putting brain in gear. Just ignore them and they go away. But everyone has a right to their opinion.
thanks so much for sharing and keep up the great work.

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35 Jill @ Called To Be A Mom November 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm

This is great! I can add this to my recipes. I already make my own laundry soap, soap, eczema salve, deodorant and so many other things. I love all the diy projects that we can do at home :)

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36 gloria monroe November 24, 2013 at 12:04 am

Just an FYI for the regular magic erasers I dont know about the generic ones altho I have used them. NEVER let your child use a magic eraser the little fibers in them are very caustic and will look like your child has been burned from the fibers and the cleaner, read caution off another site but cannot remember what one,but I wouldnt chance it

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37 carla December 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Merissa thank you so much for the work you put into your beautiful site. People do not realize how much research, work, and yes expense goes into a blog. With life being so short I do not have time to criticize someone else’s hard work. And I believe the tub comparison was right on. Whether you cleaned the whole tub or only partial still shows a big difference. We wouldn’t have all this info without bloggers like you who take the time and who care enough to share. God bless. I lived outside of Edgemont SD for awhile in jr high on believe it or not The Barkley Ranch. Again thanks.

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38 Merissa December 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thank you for this kind comment Carla, you are right, unless you’ve blogged or done something similar it’s hard to know just what kind of effort goes into it! (Just like any job or passion!)

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39 Pat December 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

So I am having trouble finding castile soap locally and don’t have time to wait for shipping. Cleaning the rental so I can move to my new home. Can any natural type soap like yardleys or ivory soap. I haven’t tried my local health food store do you think they may have it? I remember being able to find it all the time near the enemas but people look at me like I am speaking Martian at the pharmacy.

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40 Merissa December 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

You could try a natural bar soap, that should work :) My old local health food stores did carry castile soap though so it might be worth checking into.

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41 Julie Stetten December 17, 2013 at 10:31 am

Hello: I had that same mineral issue and finally, after much ado, found a fairly good solution–We put a cup of Rust-Out, between every bag of softener salt–that has been amazing at getting the rust and minerals off most everything.

My other horrific smelling and toxic solution is when I am beyond desperate–I do use a chemical called muratic acid which my Dad uses in his Florida pool, and is safe if you don’t breath it directly, and make sure to open all windows and get the kids and pets to leave the area. And wear gloves as directed.

These are the only 2 items to truly make difference, but yes, The Works in a thick formula is inexpensive and works well and is indeed fairly toxic too.

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42 Cathy June 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm

You mentioned using rustout in your water softner. Is that safe for bathing and drinking water?? Just wondering as we have the same problem. Thanks!

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43 Diane Arcuri August 19, 2014 at 11:50 am

We had a water softener in FL and NV. Typically the cold water faucet at the kitchen sink is NOT hooked up to the softener, so the additive shouldn’t be an issue, but check first with the way yours is hooked up.

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44 Glenda S. December 21, 2013 at 8:16 am

I love your site. So very helpful to anyone trying to avoid VOCs and be more green and frugal in their everyday life style. Castile soap is now available just about anywhere, you need to look for it and ask for it. I have found at my local big box store, if you ask, they will carry it or get it for you. Please don’t get discouraged by negative people. Your site is amazing and so is what you are doing!

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45 christina December 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

Is there anything eles besides the castile soap? In a bind could I use regular baby saop in the recipes for homemade soaps?

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46 Julie February 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

I use iron out, removes all rust. Love it, but it can’t reach shower walls.

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47 Judy Parker June 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I don’t know if this works (I’ve never tried it) but I read somewhere that those toy “noodles” or sponges you use in your swimming pool work just like a magic eraser.

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48 Merissa June 19, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Neat, I will have to try it sometime!

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49 Diane Arcuri August 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

I am using as much natural goodies as I can. We have a septic system so whatever goes down the drain ends up back in the ground. For that reason I use as few chemicals as possible. I use the WORKS in my toilet as it does easily remove the calcium buildup, and I have used the WORKS shower spray, but again sparingly. These products are quite caustic but very affordable. I have noticed that the shower spray has damaged the finish on my chrome shower enclosure, so follow directions very carefully.

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50 Barbara August 26, 2014 at 6:40 am

What a great website, I am always looking for idea’s on how to be more creative, thrifty, and use less. And what a unique name ‘Little House Living’ I hope it’s okay to post idea’s on my ‘This & That’ site?

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51 Merissa August 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm

You are welcome to share links from our posts on your site, just please do not copy and paste :)

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52 julie August 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

The thing about the magic erasers for me is they use no cleaner at all. I use them while in th bathtub to spot clean the worst spots. I use melamine sponges. They aren’t quite as good as the magic eraser and don’t hold up as good but still do the job.

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