How to Clean Dry Erase Boards: 10 surprising tricks.


It is the bane of every teacher and public speaker’s existance– dry erase marker stains that won’t come off your dry erase board. EXPO & Quartet make  great dry erase board cleaners that get rid of stubborn stains, but if you don’t 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.

Clean dry erase board marker stains with:

  1. Isopropyl Alcohol
    Make sure you are using the 99% or 90% solution. The 70% stuff doesn’t work nearly as well.
  2. Peroxide
    No 99% Isopropyl alcohol on hand to clean your dry erase board? Try peroxide.
  3. Hand Sanitizer
    Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are better than “natural” sanitizers at cleaning your dry erase board — better at killing germs on your hands too.
  4. WD-40
    At this point, I want to know if there is anything WD-40 can’t do. (Answer: yes.)
  5. Hairspray
    Spray on, wipe off, then get rid of the sticky residue with soap and water.
  6. Toothpaste
    Actually, toothpaste removes stubborn stains from most smooth, non-porous surfaces.
  7. Ben-Gay
    Slightly abrasive like toothpaste, and contains alcohol for added cleaning power.
  8. Comet
    Abrasive with proven cleaning power. Your dry erase board will look brand new.
  9. Coffee Grinds
    Of course, once you’ve 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!
  10. Vinegar
    Should probably list this first, since vinegar and water are my go to solution for most cleaning projects.

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

Sources: WikiHow, Gizmodo

388 comments on “How to Clean Dry Erase Boards: 10 surprising tricks.

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  • Tiffany Miller says:

    I used hand sanitizer on a micro fiber hand towel and if wiped right off!! However, if the board is heavily stained I could see hand sanitizer probably not cleaning it all.

  • Mechanic orange hand cleaner with pumice work for me. A lot of elbow grease though. The writing had been on the board for years.

  • I used a clorox wipe, but it stripped the “writable” surface…I don’t know how to fix this new problem…

  • becki berry says:

    Toothpaste was the winner! Hand sanitizer didnt work, clorox bleach wipes worked a little, peroxide did not work at all. All were attempted with microfiber cloth.


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