Nate Berkus' secret weapon for keeping a busy family home clean – and it only costs $15

The HGTV star is renting right now and has the perfect wall scuff removal tip (your landlord will never know...)

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Interior designer Nate Berkus has shared his secret weapon for keeping his busy family home clean. Over on Instagram, the HGTV star – who you may know from The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project – came clean about his love for magic eraser sponges.

In a reel posted last week, Nate Berkus cleans painted walls in his rental flat using one of these handy cleaning tools that get rid of all kinds of stains and scuffs. They're a bit like the Tide to Go stain pen but for your home, and they have a much bigger surface area. 

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Nate Berkus' wall scuff removal tip

Nate and his family are currently renting while they wait for some renovation work to be completed on their home. In a humorous video, that you can watch here (opens in new tab), the TV personality praises a heavy-duty stain-removing sponge. 

He doesn't mention any brand names, but the white sponge looks a lot like the Mr Clean Magic Eraser, at Amazon (opens in new tab). Those are sold out right now, but the original Magic Eraser is still available at Amazon (opens in new tab). 'This is our rental,' Nate says, speaking to the camera. 

'It is my goal that this house looks exactly the same as the day we moved in when our family of four hands it back to the owner and moves to our forever home. So, because of that, I walk around with an eraser basically every single day wiping off every single mark from me, Oskar, Poppy, and definitely from Jeremiah. 

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Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

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'Is it an obsession? I don’t think so,' says Nate.

These erasers are good for cleaning stains caused by burnt-on grease, crayons, soap deposits, and dirt with just a single wipe. Fans of the magic eraser sponge say it's amazing for cleaning baseboards (skirting boards) too and removes years of grime quite easily.

They can also be used on bathtubs, washing machines, and light switches. HGTV star Jenny Marrs from From Fixer to Fabulous commented, 'I have the same obsession.'

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Other followers rushed to comment that they also think it's one of the best cleaning products ever invented.

Some said that the magic eraser removes paint from the wall and can leave behind marks. This seems to be a problem if you have matte or 'flat' paint on your walls, so test in an inconspicuous spot first to avoid unwanted marks.

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.


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