Easy tip for cleaning the whiteboard

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife


I was recently browsing pinterest (as I do) and I came across the tip below.  Does your whiteboard look like the picture to the right? Mine does at times but my main

struggle is actually getting the marker off.

I have used all known methods such as metho and white board cleaner to get it off, but it doesn’t work.  The metho was the best method, however I needed alot of muscle to remove the marker.  After reading the tip I was eager to give it a try:

“Use Air Freshener to clean a white board with dried on ink. Spray the board and wipe, it also helps ‘recondition’ old dry erase boards.”

I used Dettol Glen 20, it worked a charm! No extra muscle needed.  My son took this video below just to show you how easy and muscle free it is.  I love finding different purposes for products.

Thank you to Dettol for sponsoring today’s post

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Leanne Barker-Franks October 25, 2012 - 9:24 AM

Lemon Essense also works really well. As a teacher I’ve always got a bottle of it near my whiteboard!

Jell October 25, 2012 - 11:31 AM

must give that a try. to remove permanent marker from whiteboards, try going over the lines with a whiteboard marker. one erases the other!

Cathy Amarantidis October 26, 2012 - 10:02 AM

It works because air fresheners have ethanol in them and ethanol gets off every permanant marker in the world! (Coming from a science background where you needed to clean glasswear which you used permanent marker to label).

Jo March 5, 2014 - 7:28 PM

would this work on clothes then too?? getting some paints and texta out has proven impossible for me.

Monique Follett October 26, 2012 - 10:40 AM

Wow – as a teacher who pulls her hair out every day over a dirty whiteboard, this tip is very exciting!! Thank you!

Mandy Fish October 27, 2012 - 4:27 PM

alcohol based hand sanitizer gel works a treat.

Katrina October 28, 2012 - 4:57 PM

Ooh really, I might try this one too J

FJ November 4, 2012 - 8:12 AM

aerogard is fantastic for removing marker stains from desks

Melissa Mitchell November 20, 2012 - 12:43 PM

I have Glen 20. And a white board disaster! Off to do it now!

Katrina November 20, 2012 - 8:46 PM

I was so surprised with the outcome, how did it go Mel?

Kellie Goldthorpe February 9, 2014 - 4:12 AM

where did you get the white board with the days of the week on it?

Sharon Young March 5, 2014 - 10:32 AM

I have been using Glen 20 for this for a while now. Works better than whiteboard cleaner and smell better too.

Sarah Hudson March 5, 2014 - 1:23 PM

I always just used a good spray of Spray and Wipe on my whiteboard at school, and it’d come up clean everytime. The BETTER trick is knowing how to get permanent texta off your whiteboard when someone has picked up the wrong pen. Orange oil goo remover, then spray cleaner to get the orange oil off. I find the coloured pens always leave traces more than the plain black pens.

Helen Wicks March 5, 2014 - 1:26 PM

to remove permanent marker from whiteboard you write over the permanent marker with a whiteboard marker – it should rub off easily

Sandy May 15, 2015 - 11:22 PM

Spray Aeroguard also removes permanent marker and cleans up whiteboards.

Melissa October 13, 2015 - 12:22 AM

I haven’t heard this before! I refer to this website whenever I try new ways to clean my whiteboards. Do you know if this voided your warranty? It isn’t necessarily a cleaner like the website says, but it isn’t whiteboard cleaner either.

Julie February 28, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Eucalyptus oil, I’ve just discovered works even better than 70% alcohol (hospital grade solution) and it also means no nastie chemicals if you have children around, and smells nice & fresh!

Selma March 23, 2017 - 12:37 AM

I’ve just used a baby wipe to clean my whiteboard and it worked amazingly! I didn’t have any of the products above but read that a baby wipe can be used to clean whiteboards and it did the trick. So easy!

Deanne December 2, 2020 - 10:18 AM

just use a wet chux or buy a pkt of blue cheap cloths and wet them. they work really good and are good for the enviroment and they last.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 7, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Yes they are great for a quick clean up, yet I was finding after using a whiteboard for a while that there were some stubborn marks that weren’t cleaning away which is where the above tips help. Kat x

Michelle Martin March 6, 2022 - 8:29 AM

We all have tons of hand sanitizer these days! By far the best white board cleaner I have ever come across and it reconditions the white board!! Bonus!!


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