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DEAR MARY: I can’t get the coffee stains out of my Mr. Coffee Brew Basket or the lid of the pot. It’s white and plastic. I tried soaking it in bleach and cleanser, but neither worked. — Margaret
DEAR MARGARET: If those stains are old and have already penetrated the plastic, they may be permanent now. That’s one reason it’s best to buy a black coffee maker. But before you surrender, try this:
Moisten a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with water and gently scrub the stains. These sponges are fantastic at removing all kinds of stains and are safe to use on nearly every surface. I can’t guarantee this will restore the plastic to look like new, but it’s your best option at this point. Good luck!
DEAR MARY: I accidentally splattered hair dye on my new white cabinet. I have tried Awesome, baking soda paste, bleach, blue Dawn and rubbing alcohol. Those attempts faded the stain a bit, but it’s still there. Do you have any solution short of having to repaint this cabinet? — Jeannette
DEAR JEANNETTE: You need a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, too! Again, I’m very hopeful it will work but can’t guarantee it.
The secret behind these erasers is a material commonly called melamine foam. With just a little water, melamine foam can dig in and destroy stains that other products can’t touch. Mr. Clean’s line of melamine foam is Magic Erasers. Scotch-Brite has a similar product called the Easy Erasing Pad.
If you are diligent, you could find a place to buy a big sheet of melamine foam and then cut it into the size and shape you want. One sheet would produce enough erasers to last you — and your friends — a lifetime.