It wasn’t too long ago when a certain product was disappearing from shelves, and no, it wasn’t due to a global pandemic! A certain product that contains formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer had everyone shook. The verdict: Magic Eraser is non-toxic despite formaldehyde possibly being present in trace amounts. Regardless of what they say, I am not going near the stuff. I’ve decided to dupe it and remove the offensive component. My version uses an all-natural sponge made of natural cellulose, which still manages to get the job done. Watch the vid (linked above) and see for yourself! Scroll down to make a non-toxic magic eraser recipe.
About the ingredients and supplies
- A naturally occurring compound produced by the evaporation of salt lakes
- Borax is a cleaning powerhouse and has many household uses
- I have to address the elephant in the room here. As natural as Borax is, it needs to be used with caution. In small amounts, I find it poses no risk. But please keep away from children and pets
- This all-purpose cleaner and deodorizer is pure, safe and natural
- Has many uses around the house, including for personal care
doTERRA Purify essential oil
- An exclusive combination of essential oils that purify and eradicate odors naturally and safely
- Contains Lemon, Lime and Pine essential oils (known for their powerful cleansing properties), along with Siberian and Austrian Firs (to purify the air and protect against environmental threats), as well as Citronella, Melaleuca and Cilantro
- The recipe still works if you omit the essential oil, but this is highly recommended for best results
- Best option for the cleanest non-toxic magic eraser possible
- If you don’t have distilled water on hand, filtered water is a close second
- But, distilled water doesn’t have any of the nasty chemicals found in tap water
- NOTE: I chose this sponge because it is 100% plant-based, made of natural cellulose, hand-sewn and dye free, however, after using a few of them, I concluded they aren’t the most durable. Please use what you have, but if you have a more natural alternative to recommend, please comment below!
- Traditional magic erasers use the melamine foam sponge, which is at the root of the whole controversy, so if you’re worried about keeping this recipe non-toxic, use anything but
- I use this sponge as my dedicated magic eraser sponge. I don’t use it to wash dishes (or for any other tasks) in order to prevent cross-contamination
- I used a glass food-storage container (linked above)
- But, feel free to use anything you may have already
How to make
- Boil water
- Meanwhile, grab your heat-safe container and get ready to add:
- 1 tbsp of Baking soda, 1 tsp of Borax and 3 drops of Purify essential oil
- Once the water is ready, add 1/2 cup to the heat-safe container and stir until everything has dissolved
- Be careful, the mixture will be hot!
- Now, add your sponge and press down until it has absorbed the mixture
- That’s it! Your non-toxic magic eraser is ready to use!
How to use
- To use your non-toxic magic eraser, grab the sponge from the mixture and wring out any excess liquid
- Now, scrub away at any areas that need erasing!
- In between tasks, rinse your non-toxic magic eraser under the faucet with water, re-dunk into the liquid mixture, and wring out any excess liquid
- This mixture lasted me one days-worth of tasks, and I re-make it on a day I know I can attack multiple areas of my house
- When I’m done for the day, I’ll rinse my sponge under the faucet and allow my sponge to dry completely
- Re-make or double (or even triple) this recipe as needed
- I use my non-toxic magic eraser to whiten the soles of my sneakers, to get rid of scuff marks on floors and stains on walls. The possibilities are truly endless though!
- Let me know below how you plan on using your magic eraser, and while you’re on a cleaning kick, add a bit of this for those extra sticky places.
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