At our former church, we had a friend who was a real magician. It was his job. How cool is that? He would perform at schools, parties (for kids and grown-ups alike), and even at the state fair. The annual Christmas party that they hosted at their house was a highlight of the holiday season for my kids. All of the children would beg him to put on a magic show, just for them. Often, when he was dazzling the kiddos with his tricks, he'd smile and say, "It's all an illusion." It was a good reminder that it wasn't real magic......even though it seemed like it.
But, I think that real magic does exist. In a little foam sponge. Seriously, have you tried these things? The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser really is magic. Really. I'm telling you, it's not an illusion. Unfortunately, I often forget about this little tool in my cleaning basket. A few weeks ago, my sweet husband decided to scrub the shower for me (it's my very least favorite job!). The soap scum and crud had gotten a bit out of control, so he thought he'd make it shine like new. Well, he scrubbed, and scrubbed, and scrubbed some more. He used cleaners, scratch pads, and baking soda, but nothing would do the trick. He finally resolved that it would simply take time and elbow grease.
After he had pretty much worn himself out trying to find something to cut through the build-up, I happened to remember that I had a half-used Magic Eraser in the laundry room. It worked like.....well.....like magic. He couldn't believe how easily it did the job. Why didn't I get it out sooner? Um, I forgot about it. But now we keep one in the shower (cut in half to make it last longer) so we can do a little cleaning while we're in there. There's something about standing in hot running water when you clean that makes the job seem a little more desirable. I knew I had a winner of an idea when he told me that I needed to blog about it. Yep, it worked that good.
So, here I am. I'm sharing the magic. This isn't an infomercial. It isn't a celebrity endorsement. I'm not even getting paid for this (too bad, huh?). Just consider this a friendly reminder to add an Eraser to your grocery list. Then use it. Clean the sink. Shine your stainless steel appliances. Remove the sticky grease that's hiding in your kitchen. Wipe the fingerprints off the bathroom door. Scrub the shower. Maybe your hubby will even volunteer to join the act.
After all, it's magic.
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