WFMW: Getting Permanent Marker Off A Dry Erase Board

Let’s just PRETEND, mmkay?

Let’s PRETEND that your 3 year old found a green permanant marker somewhere. Pretend your mom isn’t asking where he got the marker in the first place or why it wasn’t out of reach. Besides, you don’t normally buy green permanent markers, it came free with another product so let’s just keep on moving, shall we?

Let’s PRETEND that your 3 year old son found the permanent marker and began doodling on the whiteboard with it. Of course since you do have a green dry erase marker and since you have been letting him draw on it to occupy himself during school time, you’d think nothing of it. Not until you saw the lid to the green permanent marker on the floor and realized that this one out of place sharpie cap just upset the balance in the universe and shifted all that is right and good.

I’m just saying. This is completely hypothetical here.

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So if your son did color ALL OVER the dry erase board, say, 80% of it… what would you do? I mean, after the room tilted and your stomach churned as you realized that the dry erase on the white board wasn’t dry erase??

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Hypothetically speaking, you might turn to Twitter:

And you might get an answer:

And it might just work, too!! Who knew that you color over it with dry erase and it would come right off?!

(Disclaimer: You may have actually started cleaning the board with Purell because of it’s high alcohol content and already wiped most of it off. But you may have been left with green stains, which were amazingly and COMPLETELY removed with the dry erase marker trick! So you may only be able to assume that it would have worked just as well if you’d skipped the Purell step, but you would know for certain that if nothing else it worked to remove the stained appearance!!)

So,.. hypothetically… IF you should ever find yourself in the same situation, now you know what to do. You know,… IF.

Works for Me Wednesday is hosted by Kristen @ We Are That Family! Hop over to find other, less “hypothetical” tips and tricks!

Note: The picture above is actually Little Prince coloring with the dry erase markers a few days ago, when I discovered that I didn’t move the white board to as unreachable a location as I’d thought. ASSUMING he DID color all over it with a permanent marker, I might not think to grab the camera before running to kitchen for cleaning supplies.

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September 23, 2009 2:02 pm

ooohh – nice. I’m thankful that the scribbles on my wall are just crayon. 😉

That’s a great tip!!
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September 23, 2009 2:30 pm

Yeah, he did get a few marks on the wall, where he slipped off the white board.. we’ll have to see about those!!

OOPS! Uhh… I mean,… for PRETEND.. Shhh!!!

September 23, 2009 2:39 pm

The Magic Eraser works great too…completely takes away the permanent marker ink!

September 23, 2009 2:55 pm

I don’t know why my sons have such a penchant for picking up and using permanent markers in places that don’t need permanent may be a boy thing. Like marking their territory. My oldest left his initials in the strangest places when he was just old enough to know how to write. If I’d known about your tip, I’d have been able to save a couple of dry erase boards. Hopefully, I won’t need it personally, but I will file it away…you know, just in case.

September 23, 2009 3:00 pm

Oh, cool. I’m going to try that right now with my daughter’s dry erase board that has permanent marker on it.

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September 23, 2009 3:13 pm

Then let’s PRETEND that your mom (magnanimously refraining from comment about origins of said permanant green marker!) didn’t write on the dry erase board AT WORK with a permanant marker and need to discover that straight alcohol (potentially from the alchohol wipe pads) would take all said BLACK marker off the dry erase board with no stains left behind….. ahem……

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Kara @ Home With Purpose
September 23, 2009 5:04 pm

Great tip! I tried that when MY 3 yr old did that & it worked on everything but the HIGHLIGHTER. So, we ended up with a new marker board.

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September 29, 2011 10:14 pm

My son did that on our new laminated world map. We had been writing where our family members lived with dry erase markers (that I kept on top of fridge). One Saturday morning he decided to add new people, and decorate the oceans with the only “special” marker he could find. Yes, a sharpie from a “child proofed,” latched drawer that he fished his arm around in because he had seen me put markers in there before. I was pretty mad, but my husband knew this trick somehow already. now Sharpies live on top of fridge, too!

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