Users say Mr. Clean Magic Eraser successfully removes a wide variety of marks, including crayon, grease, rust and fingerprints. It also does a good job removing scuff marks from floors and walls. The product is described as very easy to use, and consumers say it can be used on a wide variety of other surfaces, including toys, tile grout, whiteboards and computers. However, many users -- including some who say they like the product -- complain that it doesn't last very long. Another common complaint is that the Magic Eraser removes paint and other finishes from walls and furniture. For use on painted walls, you might consider another well-reviewed product, Orange-Sol De-Solv-it Household Cleaner (*Est. $6.15 for 12 oz.), which is especially effective against sticky messes and can also be used as a laundry pre-treatment.
About.com reviews the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in a single-product review, and it's also tested in a television news segment at KTLV (Tyler, Tex.) We also found scores of user reviews at Amazon.com and more than 350 on Viewpoints.com. The overwhelming majority of reviews on both sites give the product a perfect score. Only a handful of reviews are negative, and many of those are actually for a different product, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop. Several of the reviewers who pan the mop specifically say that they love the original Magic Eraser.
1. KLTV (Tyler, Texas)
In this television news review, a report tests the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser's claims of removing crayon marks. "It's evident early on that it's going to work," the reporter says, although he has to use two Magic Erasers to remove the entire stain, and it leaves behind a slight residue. Still the reporter is generally satisfied with the Magic Eraser and says it works as advertised.
Review: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: Does It Work?, Editors of KTLV, June 15, 2004
Sarah Aguirre, About.com's guide to housekeeping, gives the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser a score of 4.5 out of 5 in this brief single-product review based on a hands-on trial. She calls the Magic Erase "a miracle worker for crayon and marker colored walls," but that it doesn't last very long and isn't suitable for wood surfaces. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Sarah Aguirre, Not Dated
In more than 350 user reviews, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser earns an average of 4.59 stars out of 5. Users praise its effectiveness and ease of use on a variety of marks and stains. Of the handful of negative reviews, most are actually for a different product (the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop.)
Review: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of August 2010
There are several different Mr. Clean Magic Eraser products listed on Amazon.com. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleaning pads receive an average of 4.5 stars from about 50 reviewers. The other products receive just a few reviews each.
Review: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Boxes (Pack of 3), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2010