Hi, I was hoping for a bit of cleaning advice. I have a plastic tray-style bottom to my shower which is pure white (or at least it's meant to be!) and it picks up dirt something fierce and looks stained really easily. I've found the only way to clean it is with cream cleanser and furious scrubbing which is really hard on my knees and back. Do you have any ideas for a way to clean it which wouldn't involve lots of scrubbing? Cheers!
Try a Magic Eraser/melamine foam sponge.
I know you really love magic erasers, and I have some knock of versions that I'm just dying to try, but I had a question for you. Is it alright to cut them up to make them smaller and therefore last longer? I'm not gonna ruin the epic cleaning power of them, am I?
Perfectly fine. Magic Erasers are just melamine foam, which is essentially microgrit sandpaper. Cutting them will make the individual pieces break down a little faster, but not by much, and it saves the rest of the eraser. Go for it.
i saw a tip tonight saying you can cut up a magic eraser and toss a piece into your toilet overnight to soak off a toilet ring. do you know if that's safe for the septic?
Wisdom from my septic guy: the toilet is not a trash can. Nothing but biological matter and toilet paper should get flushed. Ever.
That said, I don’t really know how this would work. Magic Erasers are melamine foam, which act, essentially, as micro-grit sandpaper to buff away stains. I would think you’d need actual physical contact between the Magic Eraser and the ring for anything to happen. Melamine foam, while it does disintegrate, doesn’t dissolve into anything that would clean a toilet ring.
My septic guy (no, seriously, it’s a thing) is totally OK with white vinegar going into the septic system, so that’s usually what I use to clean my toilet bowl.
Dear UfYH, hiya, I'm the brother of go-vrrr. I asked her this question, and she suggested I just ask you directly: I've seen you tout the wonders of Magic Erasers, and I want to get some myself. The issue is that all I have available around locally is what amounts to a store brand variant. Are they to be just as good, or should I actually go for name-brand and eat the extra cost? (on an additional note, where do folks find them 2 for $1? I can't find them for any cheaper than $2.30 a 2-pack)
Typically, the generic is pretty indistinguishable from the name brand. I actually usually get the Target generic. Melamine foam is melamine foam. I think people find them at the dollar store sometimes; I’ve never seen them at mine, but I know they exist.
Usual warnings: melamine foam is a mild abrasive, so it can remove paint and finishes, wear gloves, and don’t eat it.