I couldn’t find a lot of information on the environmental impact of melamine sponges (like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser). I mostly use cellulose sponge cloths for cleaning, but sometimes when I’m pressed for time and guests are coming over, those Magic Erasers call out to me. As amazing as they are, I’m assuming they’re not great for the environment since they are not biodegradable and end up getting washed down the sink (and likely going into the ocean).
- Melamine foam, found in magic sponges is rendered non-toxic by other ingredients that make up the sponge.
- There is not enough data to know if sponge particles washed down a drain contaminate waterways.
- The sponges are non- recyclable and non-biodegradable and there are more natural alternatives.
“For the uninitiated, melamine sponges are beloved by the sparkling-clean set for their ability to vanquish tough stains (and not only of the kiddie-artwork variety) that other sponges leave behind.”