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.
OK so you are the reason I bought Magic Erasers at the grocery store today. Only now I'm reading online a horrifying amount of things you should NOT use them on--including walls (what? the package said they are FOR walls) and wood, among other things. I already gave a quick wipe-down on the bottom of my bathroom mirror's wooden frame because it was dusty and grimey, and it now looks less than polished. Can you please do a warning post on what NOT to use this sorcery?
As I always say, Magic Erasers are essentially micro-grit sandpaper. So, they can remove paint or finishes on wood or walls. Generally, people tend to scrub too hard with them, too, so always start lightly. If you’re not sure, do a small test patch. They definitely aren’t to be used interchangeably with regular sponges. I’ve used them for years on walls with no problem, but it depends on the finish of your paint and how you use them.