Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

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    My 8X10 trays were looking a little grungy, so I ran them through the dishwasher to clean them up. The developer tray still had the gray/black stains on it after the trip through the dishwasher. My better half said to try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on the tray and it lifted the stains right off! No rubbing! The stains just wiped off.
     
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    A wonderful product. Handy all around the house.

    Neal Wydra
     
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    I have to buy some now.
     
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    Now this is why APUG is my favorite place on the web. I ran my trays through the dishwasher just two weeks ago, with less than stellar results. Mr. Clean is now on the shopping list.

    Cheers,
     
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    be careful with the eraser
    and if you have kids in the house
    keep it far away.
    it will burn their skin ( and yours too ).
     
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    The also have lots of warnings about mixing them with other household chemicals, as I recall. But, it sounds like something to try.
     
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    Works great to remove fixer stains as well...
     
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    So what are it's active ingredients? Should be on the label. Dan
     
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    i don't know dan
     
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    Do you speak from experience? I recently cleaned our kitchen from top to bottom as a surprise for my wife. Used up 5 or 6 magic erasers on the woodwork and cabinets - didn't wear gloves or anything and certainly I wasn't burned in any way. I'm not even sure that they're chemical based - they seem to have a texture that creates a lot of surface friction to remove dirt and grime.
     
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    Have you tried SoftScrub?

    My only anxiety about either one would be residual traces getting into my photo chemistry.
     
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    i use it with no gloves and i have felt my skin burn a bit, yes ...

    YMMV
     
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    Hmm - I think you may have felt simple abrasion. According to the Wikipedia and other sources I just found on the internet, magic erasers do not cause chemical burns.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine_foam


    From my reading, it looks to me like magic erasers don't have any chemicals in them at all - they work via abrasion like sandpaper.

    Dan
     
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    There is nothing on the label regarding the ingredients.
     
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    Perhaps as well or better off using Bon Ami. Using
    a one inch 99 cent brush and a very thin paste of
    Bon Ami my glass of glass negative carrier is now
    clean. A brush and thin paste may do my one
    stained tray. Dan
     
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    Sounds good for a tray - but I'm not sure how well that would work for cleaning an entire room - that's what I've used magic erasers for
     
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    I didn't see anything on this site about bleach or finishes - are you referring to info from some other site?
     
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    If interested in the UK, the Mr Clean brand Magic Eraser does not appear to be readily available but what I assume is the same product under a different brand is JML Magic Eraser which I obtained from a local Robert Dyas shop (apparently also available in Woollies and Wilkingsons shops).

    Can't say I had as much success on my developer tray as the OP but it did take about 75% of the stubborn stains out (I always give a good rinse after use so any stains are well embedded in the plastic by now). Did about the same to a tray used for blue toning.

    On the pack it says not to be used with bleach or other cleaners, or on black or high gloss surfaces; presumably the latter because of its abrasive nature.

    Cheers, Bob.
     
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    No chlorine bleach. Does that stuff have any odor
    of ammonia? That and bleach are a no-no. Dan
     
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    There was some issue in the press awhile ago about the things containing formaldehyde. It was part of a series on forcing manufacturers to disclose the use of carcinogens in their products or something like that. I don't know if it's been resolved, but half of us are using worse stuff in our darkrooms anyway.
     
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    People, do a google on "Magic Eraser" and "urban myth" and draw your own conclusions... There is no formaldehyde - that appears to be part of the chemical name of the material in much the same way that the highly dangerous metal sodium is part of the make-up of common table salt. It does not burn: it abrades. All the other reported "problems" seem to be invalid too.

    This material (Melamine foam) is used all over the place for sound and heat insulation. It works at removing grime by having a very minute but tough foam structure that allows it to scour into minuscule indentations in the material you are using it on.

    As an aside, a mate of mine was impressed with its teeth cleaning capabilities but I would NOT recommend that use (he is officially an idiot - he has a badge to prove it) - I hate to think what it will do to tooth enamel!

    Have fun, Bob.
     
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    I am not a chemist but I was under the impression that the melamine foam is mostly non-reactive. I would be more concerned with the structure holding onto some of the bleach and cross contaminating other solutions/surfaces.