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Magic Erasers and uri-foam

  1. Apr 23, 2006 #1


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    I have heard rumours that, while these Magic Erasers (a white bar of foam like a chalkboard eraser) are truly magic at erasing almost any sort of blemish from hard surfaces - they are made of urea-foraldehyde, which, as an insulating material in houses, has been illegal for years.

    Does anyone have any information on this? Are they carcinogenic in this form?
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  3. Apr 23, 2006 #2
    Don't worry about it, im sure your eraser will be finished off long before it can give you cancer. :rolleyes:
  4. Apr 23, 2006 #3


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    Nono. They last forever. They don't wear down like rubber erasers.

    Besides, these things are around children.

    Rather than advice or reassurance, I'd prefer pointers to information so I can read up on it. Also means I can give references to others.
  5. Apr 23, 2006 #4


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    I had to look up what a magic eraser was. I never heard of it before. But here's what I found about what it's made of:
    http://frugalliving.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=frugalliving&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sunpowerusa.com%2Fmiclfaq.html [Broken]

    And I got to that site from this one:
    http://frugalliving.about.com/od/cleaning/a/magiceraser.htm [Broken]

    It's made of melamine foam. Depending on whether or not you trust the information at wikipedia, here's information from them about melamine and melamine foam.

    Just to add to what I've gathered from those sites, it doesn't sound like it's carcinogenic. It sounds like it's been banned as an insulating material because it isn't any good as insulation, though it's good as soundproofing (that's the other major application of this foam I'm coming across on a google search).
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