It's True!

Last year I was so excited, I posted about this great trick I learned on how to erase permanent marker! It was pretty much the coolest thing ever!

Well, shortly after, I saw a post from The Teacher Wife sharing how she erases permanent marker from her whiteboard. So I decided to give it a whirl while erasing names from our job chart.

 I wrote the name on the shovel after it was laminated.
 I drew over the name completely with a dry-erase marker.
 I erased it with a dry-erase eraser.
Ta-da!! Totally worked!

I erased 28 names in less than 10 minutes! Wow!

I was so excited, I had to go tell my teammates. One of them shared that she uses this trick to erase permanent marker off of her students' desks! Genius!!

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  1. Thanks for reminding me of this tip! I need to erase the die cuts of my back to school bulletin board! :)
    Lisa
    Fourth and Ten
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  2. Rubbing alcohol also works but another dry erase marker is a more common find in a classroom!
    :)
    My daughter wrote on a dry erase calendar thingy with permanant marker {by accident} and I did the teacher wife's trick... ta-dah! I didn't have to go looking for some rubbing alcohol!

    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  3. Awesome trick, thanks for sharing! Now I don't have to get out the fingernail polish remover and stink up the house!!

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  4. Great! Do you have any idea how much stuff I have either ruined or had to throw away because of permanent marker????
    EGADS!!
    Staci

    ☞Go NuTTY with ME!

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  5. Why has no one ever told me this? I am so excited! I hate using student numbers and prefer using names. Now I don't have to remake things each year! Thanks for the tip!

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

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  6. I use this idea when kids in my class mistake permanent markers for dry erase markers when I have my back turned. After I gasp and hyperventilate, I just color away and erase, haha!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  7. I used to erase Sharpie with nail polish remover {what a mess!} and then I read your rubber eraser tip and I've been using it ever since!!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  8. I love this tip! I've used it a lot. You can also use hand sanitizer to take it off. I've had to use sanitizer some times on expo markers that have sat too long too.

    Jennifer
    Teaching with Grace

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  9. YAY! I am so glad it worked for you! Thanks for the shout-out, cute girl! :)

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  10. Hairspray in an aerosol can works, too! Doesn't do much for the environment, but it does work :)

    Haley
    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

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  11. WOW! I never knew this! Thanks for sharing :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  12. THIS IS BRILLIANT!! I am so excited to try this out!

    Danielle

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  13. I know that tip all too well! Quite often, by accident, I pick up the permanent markers to write on the whiteboard!

    Kathy
    First Grade a la Carte

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  14. What? I would have never thought of this. Thank you for passing it along!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  15. I can't believe I didn't know that trick! Thanks for sharing, will definitely come in handy! :)

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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  16. this is a great trick on the white board too. Another idea that is really easy is to use hand sanitiser....spray on and the vivid wipes off (I live in Christchurch and since the quakes I have discovered many, many uses for hand sanitiser!!)

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  17. One of my teaching buddies showed me this trick at the end of this year. I was sooo amazed! I mean, who knew? I had spent forever trying to get it off with nail polish...no more!

    Natalie
    TeacheryTidbits

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  18. The magic erasers work well too. I had a student this year draw all over my whiteboard with a sharpie and it all came off with the magic eraser. It will also remove crayon as well.


    Swimming Into Learning

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  20. Great trick! I will definitely be using this!

    Shelley
    Teaching in the Early Years

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  21. This trick works well with colored dry-erase marker residue on boards. If you use black dry erase marker over the colored and erase, it comes right off! I am your newest follower!

    Liv
    Liv to Teach

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  22. Wow! I have so much to erase! Thank you so much for saving me time and energy! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  23. I had no idea you could do that! This year I'll write my kiddos names on everything after I laminate the cute little tags!
    Thank you for sharing this!!
    Linda
    AroundtheKampfire

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  24. Oh I definitely have to try this... my preschoolers have made that permanent marker mistake on alot of our laminated materials!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Sara

    Teaching Munchkins

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  25. Gonna try this tip.. thanks for sharing, :)


    ♥ rachel
    Teaching Melodies

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  26. Genius! I had no idea that worked!! Thanks for the idea!

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  27. I use a q-tip with acetone (nail polish remover... I get the pure acetone).. or tissue and acetone.. works fast.

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  28. Wow! I always use a dry magic eraser but that looks easy too!
    Tara

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  29. A magic eraser works even better, then you don't waste a perfectly good dry erase marker! Melamine foam is the same thing and amazon sells that for pretty cheap! :)

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