Time for another post in our easy house cleaning tips and tricks series. We have a huge dry erase board in our home and we love it – really, our kids love it! They love it so much that we have been left with what seems like smudges and marks that never come off. No paper towel or dry erase eraser would make the smudges come out. Honestly, they seemed to make them worse.
After trying several different ideas, I want to show you how to clean a dry erase board with very little effort (and you’ll love the end result). I have tried two different methods but you probably already have the items needed laying around the house.
Are you ready? Let’s get some sparkling clean boards!
1. Use a Fabric Softener Sheet
Many years ago when I was a teacher, a fellow teacher shared with me that a used fabric softener sheet does wonders at getting the marks off of a dry erase board. The next time you do laundry, simply save the used fabric softener sheet. When you need the marker from your dry erase board erased, use the fabric softener sheet (instead of an eraser) and your done. If you have some smudges and marks that have been on your board for a while, using this method will require some elbow grease. I really prefer to use the fabric softener sheet on a daily basis for regular erasing.
If you have some long term smudges, you are hoping to get rid of, you really need to try this next method.
2. Rubbing Alcohol
All you need here is a little rubbing alcohol (the 70% alcohol you have in your medicine cabinet will work perfectly) and a soft cloth. I like to buy the lint free cloths from Dollar Tree or you can buy similar ones from Amazon here.
Simply dampen the end of your soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe the smudges away. I was so amazed with how well this worked! We had some stray marks on the wooden frame around our white board and the rubbing alcohol got those off great, too. If I had known how to clean a dry erase board would be so easy, I would have done it ages ago!
I am so please with how bright and new our white board looks! Confession: my kids were a little upset with me about erasing the bracket they had created. Apparently, they weren’t quite done with their little “basketball championship” yet. Lucky for me, I had taken a before picture. 😉
The next time you are wondering how to clean a dry erase board, be sure to try these methods. You will not be disappointed. You would also be doing your kids’ teachers a great service if you share these tips with them. (As a teacher, a dirty dry erase board would drive me crazy!)
Bonus tip – You can clean the markers off the wall too!
Now my beautiful, not so clean, children got some markers on the wall near our dry erase board. However, just a quick rub of the alcohol with the microfiber cloth and those marks were gone too! How cool is that?
Now that your dry erase board is clean, why not head around the house and see what else you can clean quickly and easily. Here are some of my favorite cleaning tips:
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- How to Clean Shower Head in one easy step
- How to Clean Stainless Steel
- How to Clean Car Mats in 3 easy steps
- How to Clean Stove Top with one easy step!
- How to Clean Kitchen Sponge in one easy step
- How to Remove Blood Stains from clothing