Learn how to clean a dry erase board that will get rid of even the most stubborn smudges. This DIY solution is budget friendly and works to clean your dry erase board perfectly.

Dry erase board before and after.

How to Clean a Dry Erase Board

We have a huge dry erase board in our home and the entire family loves it. They love it so much that we have been left with smudges and marks that never come off.

No paper towel, damp cloth or whiteboard eraser would make the smudges come out. They actually appear to make the stains worse.

Dry Erase Board on the wall.
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I have tried two different methods but you probably already have the items needed laying around the house. No need to buy whiteboard cleaner or tons of cleaning products.

You are going to love how easy this is and how frugal this solution is. It is a winner all around and the perfect cleaning solution.

Supplies:

  • Fabric Softener Sheet
  • Rubbing Alcohol
Supplies needed for removing dry erase stains.

How to clean a White board

Method 1. Fabric Softener Sheet

The next time you do laundry, simply save the used fabric softener sheet to clean the board. This is something you already have making this even more frugal.

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 stained the 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.

Dry erase board with stains and writing.

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 microfiber cloth. I like to buy the lint free cloths from Dollar Tree or you can buy similar ones from Amazon.

Stains on dry erase board.

Simply dampen the end of your soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe the board clean. I was so amazed with how well this worked!

We had some stray marks on the wooden frame around our white board and the isopropyl alcohol got those off great, too.

Plus, it’s so easy on the budget and cheaper than cleaning solution. And it uses items you likely already have at home. You can also use this to remove permanent marker and marker ink.

Dry erase board after being cleaned.

The Results

I am so pleased with how bright and new our whiteboard surface looks! 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. They will save so much money using these simple tips and tricks.

Before and after dry erase board.

Tips to Remove Dry Erase Stains:

  • Wall stains. You can clean the markers off the wall too. Just a quick rub of the alcohol with the microfiber cloth and the marks will disappear.
  • Fresh dry erase marker. Stains are easier to remove when they are fresh. Try to remove them right away if possible.

Do Clorox wipes ruin dry erase boards?

These wipes certainly can remove stains, smudges and lingering dry erase markers. However, they can also remove the residue on many dry erase boards.

I would not recommend this option as this will cause the board to stop working over time as the finish comes off.

Can you use Windex on a dry erase board?

Yes you can. Just do not use anything abrasive that might scratch the board to wipe the cleaner.

How do you clean a whiteboard with vinegar?

You will need to mix the vinegar with water to clean a dry erase board. Only a teaspoon of Vinegar is needed per cup of water to use this method.

It is amazing how this works.

Other ideas to clean a dry erase board:

  • rubbing alcohol
  • hand sanitizer
  • glass cleaner
  • nail polish remover

Marker stains will be a thing of the past once you clean your dry erase surfaces with these new ideas.

Dry erase board with stains.

Try this simple cleaning method.

Not only is this a great way to clean a dry erase board but it is so inexpensive. This method works great and doesn’t take much effort. You will save so much money.

It is crazy how expensive store-bought cleaners can be. Use these simple methods instead and get a clean dry erase board that looks brand new.

How to Clean a Dry Erase Board - 2 easy methods to easily get your dry erase board clean! You probably already have these items in your house. Once you know to clean dry erase board, it's so easy and budget friendly.

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Equipment

  • Fabric Softener Sheet
  • Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions

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.

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 microfiber 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!

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