How to Clean Dry Erase Boards 10 surprising tricks

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How to Clean Dry Erase Boards: 10 surprising tricks.

It is the bane of every teacher and public speakers existance dry erase marker stains that wont come off your dry erase board. EXPO & Quartet make  greatdry erase board cleanersthat get rid of stubborn stains, but if you dont have any on hand, there are a surprising number of products found in nearly every home and maintenance supply closet that should do the trick.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are better than natural sanitizers at cleaning your dry erase board better atkilling germs on your handstoo.

Of course, once youve used coffee grinds to scrub off dry erase marker stains, you have to turn around and clean off the brown coffee residue. Still, works in a pinch!

Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping your dry erase board looking new? Wed love to here them. Share your advice in the comments.

Non Acetone nail polish remover worked fantastic. had old perm marker on it and it just washed away and did not seem to harm the board at all. I am glad the GF had a bottle on the bathroom sink. (not going there!)

Haha! That stuff really comes in handy even if you dont paint your nails, doesnt it?!

Alcohol worked great for me. No rubbing required. Removed dry erase marker stuff that had sat there for 2 years. Finish was unmarred.

The whiteboard eraser had done nothing.

Those erasers always seem to fall short on actually erasing, dont they? Two years impressive!

i can personally say for myself the alcohol was working but then i added some toothpaste and that sure did work!!

The toothpaste worked great for me. I had blue dry erase marker on a laminated score card. Now I know I should get rid of all my blue markers!

Glad the toothpaste trick worked for you, Lisa!

I wouldnt recommend using toothpaste as it usually contains tiny beads that can scratch the board causing long term damage.

Tried all of the above, + Wesleys White tire cleaner, straight bleach, corn starch. None of which worked. 🙁

Oh no! Thats some bad luck! Toothpaste has worked well for so many others!

Yup, didnt work for me either. Ordered a new board.

Something you might try is an actual old school rubber pencil eraser.

Not the kind on the pencil but the matchbook sized ones.

The friction creates a little heat and then it comes right off.

It does require a little elbow grease on big areas, but for small spots its awesome.

Mr Clean Magic Eraser took off permanent marker that someone used by accident.

Deodorant and non-acetone nail polish remover work too.

Great to know! White boards are no match for this experienced crowd of users!!

Its my understanding that using rubbing alcohol permeabolizes the surface so that any subsequent writing penetrates and will not come off.

Yes! I tried the rubbing alcohol trick and now the new marks will not come off when I try to erase them. So frustrating!!

Little man used the wrong type of marker on his board. After reading the comments, I tried some regular old Crest and it came right off!

Oh little manha! Glad regular old Crest did the trick for his board!

If you just have a few lines of percent marker and not a situation that the entire board is messed up there is a quick and super simple solution. Use a dry erase marker on top of the per entry marker line and then erase, bam the percent marker is gone!

In graphic arts and my print shop there is a spray we use called speciality film cleaner. Its used for cleaning film negatives used to make printing plates.

It not only removes the old stuff but makes the surface like new and new markings come off easier.

Wow thats great to know, Tim! Thanks for sharing!

I tried the Toothpaste thing and it worked , but after writing again it was getting permanent and I cannot apply toothpaste every time so , please provide me a permanent solution for this ,

Toothpasted worked a charm thank you!

I used the purple dry erase from a new set of Crayola dry erase markers to diagram some facial studies for my drawing class. In the previous two weeks I had used all the rest of the colors on other demos, all on my same large white board (approx 3ft x 4ft). However this time, when I went to erase at end of class, it would not wipe off. At all. period. I tried: dry paper towel, wet paper towel, dry erase cleaner, dry erase cleaner/conditioner, glass cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, 409, vinegar, alcohol, mineral spirits, goo-gone, magic eraser, tooth paste, white marker and coloring the purple with another color and wiping off. NOTHING! The purple is still there, strong as ever. I will give hairspray and acetone a chance tomorrow but not holding my breath!

My call to supplier Dick Blick, resulted in them offering me a new set of the markers. Huh? The markers arent broken! How about my ruined white board?

Well you didnt buy that from us so we cant repkace it; we will give you a $15. coupon

Please try a liquid call thinner buy from hardware shop.. i always do that to clean my board..for stubborn stain

I recall reading that to remove permenant marker from a dry erase board, you should write over it with permenant marjar and then quickly wipe with paper towel. So maybe if you use the same purple marker and then wipe. Let me know if it works please.

Try Wrights Silver cream. I used it like I was cleaning silver. Worked like a charm.

When I was in college I got to know the Janitor, she cleaned all the boards twice a week with a mixture of water and dial soap. It worked great for the stains on the cheat boards. I do not know how much dial dish soap to water but she made it by the gallon and just refilled her sprayer.

I sure hope this helps, you next year during the school year.

Thats a great pro tip straight from a professional cleaner! Thanks for sharing, Susan!

I tried all of the above. Nothing worked. I was ready to buy another whiteboard. But I was cleaning my kitchen and decided to use a degreaser called Purple power and worked nicely.

Baking soda and vinegar worked great together.

I used Comet powder cleaner worked great, but after writing on it, the writing will not come off.

I used Norwex Cleaning Paste with damp sponge. A little elbow action added and it did the trick. Call a Norwex rep.

Peroxide didnt work at all for me; it even made that spot harder to get clean. Vinegar and water was pretty good, but still some stubborn spots and then toothpaste worked perfectly! Ill just start with that next time.

Something you might try is an actual old school rubber pencil lead eraser.

Not the kind on the pencil but the matchbox sized ones.

The friction creates a little heat and then it comes right off.

It does require a little elbow grease on big areas, but for small spots its awesome.

Plus with the fine control you have with it, you can put draw a rival sport team logo on a coworkers whiteboard and they will have no way to get it off unless they know to use an eraser.

Once your board is clean rub a little turtle wax on it. It fills in the pores and scratches and keeps the boards cleaner longer (experienced teacher speaking)

Thanks. I was wondering where the second half of the solution was. I will do this next. I finally managed to clean my board with Wrights Silver Cream that I happened to have.

The dry erase marker decided it did not want to come off the board at all. I used just about everything then got a SOS pad after it and it came right off. Yay!

I use a s.o.s soap pad and a little water and if you want also use hand sanitizer with it ! I do it works good for me

3M liquid cleaner wax folks. Itll have the board looking like you just bought it. And minimum effort I might add. Like it was made specifically for that. Youre welcome 😉

I tried 91% rubbing alcohol didnt work. Windex didnt work. baking soda didnt work. Then for some reason I thought of the Wrights Silver Cream I had under the kitchen sink. Worked like a charm!!!

I use a little lemon or orange essential oil on a paper towel. A couple drops does the trick. No scrubbing. Good as new and it doesnt eat away at the white board finish.

Just tried Comet and some elbow grease worked pretty well. Vinegar did nothing.

Tooth Paste is the magical cleaner for everything!

You can write over the old marker (or perminate marker) it works great without hurting the board.

How to keep dry erase bords shiny and clean? Use car wax. Apply with a wet dry rag. Let it dry. It will be filmy and dull. Wipe with a clean soft dry rag til all wax is removed. Bord should be clean and shiny.

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5 Dry Erase Busy Bag ActivitBag Ideas

Today were sharing links to some of our favorite dry erase busy bag ideas. Our kids love anything involvingdry erase markers! Ive enjoyed finding new dry erase activities to keep the kids learning and having fun.

Our kids love I Spy activities, so when we combine I Spy and dry erase markers they are extra happy!

To makethis free I Spy printableinto a busy bag we printed one copy of the I Spy page for each of our kids. We printed them on white cardstock (in black & white), trimmed them to slide into the zip-top bag easier, and laminated them.

Updated 5/21/13:Thanks to Cindy we now have theseI Spy cardsall ready to be printed and cut apart. You can write in your own words if you want them.

Then we printed one extra and cut out the objects we wanted them to be able to find. I just picked ones that would be easily recognizable to our kids.

We glued these tiny little pictures unto squares of cut index cards (cardstock would work, too).Thanks, Mom!We left room under each picture to write what it is.

I still havent finished writing on all the cards, but I went ahead and laminated the ones that were finished so the kids could start enjoying their new busy bagits a hit!

Our kids can play this I Spy game together or individually by drawing a card and then circling the correct picture on their I Spy mat.

We love theseWriting Skill Cardsfrom .Scroll almost 3/4 of the way down. The link to the free download is at the very end of the description.

We printed the writing skills cards on white cardstock and laminated them for more durability. After you cut them out, you can punched holes in the corners and placed them all on a book ring. We didnt do this because we often dived the cards between our toddler and preschooler.

Our kids use washable dry erase markers to trace the lines (from left to right) and then erase their writing with a small cloth rag or a sock that has lost its match.

Right now, Jonathan (4 yrs old) is the main one using these cards, but recently Eliya (2 1/2 yrs old) has started showing interest in them as well. Depending on your childs fine motor skills this could also be a helpful activity into Kindergarten.

I recently found this wonderfulfree printable of large capital lettersfrom ABC Jesus Loves Me. Jonathan struggles with writing, so these larger letters will help give him a boost of confidence.

I love that they show where to start and stop with green and red dots!

Scroll down until you see the picture then click on the word print.

By the way,any tips for teaching left handed childrenhow to write correctly?

We used thesesmaller sized alphabet pagesfrom Erica @ Confession of a Homeschooler to make another busy bag.

Emahry, our kindergartner uses this busy bag to practice writing capital and lowercase letters as well as numbers 1 through 9.

I lovethis websitewhere you can make and print free handwriting practice pages. Emahry has one with her full name, our home address, and our cell phone number in a busy bag. (I have found that this website is sometimes not compatible with Google Chrome, but it seems to always work with Internet Explorer.)

What are some other dry erase activities that could be made into a busy bag?

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The Writing Skills Cards link isnt work. 🙁 Error 404

I cannot find the link to the Writing Skills Cards help, please!

Hi! I am trying to find the link for the free download of the large yellow tracing letters but the only thing that seems to be available is purchasing an entire 3 year course? Did this change and its no longer available? Thanks!

Allyson Thank you so much for sharing the ABC Jesus Loves Me writing printables. I wanted to let you know that the link has changed with the release of our new website. If you dont mind, please update the link to

Thank you so much for sharing a link to the ABCJLM 3 Letter Worksheets. We have completely remodeling our website and I want to let you know that the new link is you!

Hi! I love these ideas and I cant wait to make them. One question tho. Do you laminate them? And if so, do dry erase markers wipe off easily on them? Ive heard they might not so Im considering getting wet erase markers. Any advice would be helpful! =) Thank you!

I laminate them and my kids use washable dry erase markers. Sometimes if a mark is left on for a long time it can be difficult to remove but rubbing alcohol usually helps for the stubborn marks.

Hello! Wonderful and useful activities. Some of them I can use, but some of them I need in Russian. Which programm do You use to do worksheets?

Hi, found you on Pinterest. Trying to find the link to print the Writing Skills cards and I cannot find one. Help, please and thanks!

I just contacted the owner of that site to try and find them. Ill let you know if she gets back to me. If not, maybe I can create something similar.

I love SO many of your ideas for teaching preschool; however, many of the links you provided now bring up errors. Do you have a copy of these ideas to share?

I just updated the large tracing alphabet link. Im still working on tracking down a new link for the writing skills cards.

Do you sale these wonderful busy bags that already made? I would like to buy them from you. I work at a preschool/toddler classroom and dont have the time ti make these. Please help! 🙂

No, I dont sell pre-made busy bags. Its a great idea, but with my own 5 children ages 6 and under I have my own preschool at home 🙂 Maybe you could have parent volunteers make up some bags for you?

For the I Spy game, I typed out the words on two different templates (8.5 x 11 and 8.5 x 12 for those who want to use a trimmed piece of scrapbook paper). If you want the MS word (.doc) version so you can change the words, e-mail me so I can give it to you. I printed mine on scrapbook paper that has a different color on each side so that it would be easy to differentiate the front from the back. When Im done adding the photos, Ill scan the pictures and words so that someone can easily print the file, laminate, and cut the squares out.

This site is very helpful for getting the righter left?tools for lefties. As a lefty in my thirties, I really wish these products had been available when I was little. Hope they help him!

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think its a linking issue. Ive tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.

I love all your busy bag ideas! I cant wait to make them!!!

My oldest is a lefty and so am I. One thing I noticed right away is all the workbooks designed for learning how to write your letters are incorrect for lefties. I found a great letter formation guide (.pdf) and information at I also purchased a left-handed writing guide placemat that helps line up the paper and hand so theres no hooking and less of a mess at I hope these help! Theyve helped us. My daughter is in kindergarten and her teacher didnt even realize she was left-handed until I mentioned it. She said she didnt notice because her print was so clear.

Thanks for stopping by and for the lefty information 🙂

We have done this at the preschool I work at but the dry erase marks do not wipe off completely. Any suggestions?

Have the marks been left on the pages for a while or do they still leave marks if you wipe them off right away? You can always use a towel with a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol to get off stubborn marks, but we havent had any issue with the washable Crayola dry erase markers.

love all of the ideas u have on here. the moms group i am in have been talking about doing a busy bag swap so these templates are awesome. even more so though, responding to the left hander!! I myself am left handedits kind of a lose lose situation. Many left handed people have the upside down thing-u know where they twist their wrist completely and almost write from above where they are writing. I do not-I hold my pen/pencil w 4 fingers and not your typical 3 (I pretty much use my ring finger as a second thumb!) but I do write at a normal spot on the paper. It literally took me 15 years to figure out how to write from above the paper and not let my hand touch the paper. When you let the side of your hand touch the paper the ink smears and you end up with the side of your hand all dirty. I dont think their is a right way to write as a lefty! Watch and make sure he is holding the pen/pencil/marker correctly but that is about as far as you can go with that. And for that they have those things that slide on over a pencil to make them hold it correctly (I think I slid mine back off the pencil!) Hope this helps and isnt too confusing

Thank you for your suggestions, as a righty teaching a lefty, I need all the help I can get 🙂

Thank you, for doing that! I thought it was me, lol.

For some reason, I cant get that handwriting practice page thing to work. I have firefox, I made sure I had the latest flash, but still nothing. I can type in my print, but when I try to print the sheet, I one get student name, date and the advertising blurb/website info at the bottom.

I just tried it again myself and the site seems to be having issues. Id try again later to see if they get it worked out. Sorry I cant be of more help.

Your son looks great doing his letters! I have heard that turning the paper helps them write, but I dont have any experience with left handed kids. Thanks for sharing at Moms Library!

I love the I-Spy idea. It would be perfect for our busy bags at church!

Great idea! For church it might even work better to cut apart the little pictures and glue them in a random order of several index cards. Then laminate the cards. Your child could work through one card at a time with far fewer pieces to drop and lose 🙂

I love that idea! You can hole punch the top corner of the index card and use the small binder clips (round notebook style clips) to attach them together or even the the front of the I spy page then there is less chance of then losing them.

Your left handed child does not have his paper slanted correctly. Think about how you would slant yours as a right-handed writing and slant his the opposite way. From the picture it looks like he has a good grip but his paper is wrong. That causes lefties to get the hook which is so unfortunate. Just a suggestion.I am an elementary resource teacher. I also have a mom who is left-handed and a young son who is left-handed. Check out the left handers website (there are a couple of good ones)you can order a lot of great tools. Get him his own special LEFT-HANDED scissorsmakes a big difference! My mom and son were so excited because they found a left-handed store in Downtown Disney over Spring Break. 🙂

Thanks so much for the information! Weve angled his paper the right way and that seems to be helping. Were still working on his grip. He can do it, but normally forgets and uses a fist grip. When I remind him he does it correctly. The grip has me a little baffled since he typically displays good fine motor skillsone of his favorite things to do are puzzles!

Ill definitely look into the resources available for leftiesI had never thought of left handed scissors.

Love this idea, thanks for sharing and for sharing all these other great sites.

I take activity books apart and put mazes, dot-dot-dots, shape tracing and other activities in a special dry-erase notebook. The word searches can be adapted for non-readers by using them as Letter Searches. Seasonal/Holiday pages can be rotated in and out of the notebook easily too.

Ive also laminated pumpkin shapes and let them draw faces on them.

Great ideas! We also have dry erase books that are made of various workbook pages. Last Christmas we did a seasonal dry erase busy book for a long car ride and the kids really liked it. I like your idea about drawing faces on pumpkins. I think I need to make a fall themed dry erase book for our kiddos!

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