By Nicole Tinkham
How many times have you ditched old markers because they weren’t writing as clearly as they were on day #1? It’s so easy to trash the old and run out to buy new. In fact, we often don’t think twice about it. But what if we told you that with a quick and simple trick you could revive those old markers and save yourself money as well as time? Before you ditch those old markers, read on for 4 tricks to reviving them!
1. Wet the tip of the marker under a slow stream of water. Wrap the tip in plastic wrap and place the cap back on. Let it sit for a few hours and then test it out.
2. Heat water to just about boiling and let it sit for a few minutes in a glass cup or bowl to allow it to cool slightly. Place the whole tip of the marker in the warm water for about 5 minutes. You should start to see the ink running from the tip of the marker into the water. Shake off the excess water, put the lid back on, and let it dry for 24 hours before testing it out.
3. Pour some white vinegar into a small dish and quickly dab the tip of the marker into the vinegar. You don’t want to hold it in there for long as it could ruin your marker. Keep dipping it in and quickly removing it. Do this about 5-10 times. You’re basically cleaning the marker felt. Let it set out to dry for 24 hours without the cap before testing it.
4. Pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol into the cap or separate dish. Soak the tip of the marker in the alcohol until you see the ink flowing out of the marker. Put the cap of the marker back on and let it dry for 15 minutes before testing it out.
Tips for storing markers
• Store markers in a cool dry place
• Storing markers with the tip face down is ideal
• For the Florida folks (or anyone else in a hot climate), you can store your markers in the fridge
• Secure lids after every use
• For dual sided markers, store horizontally
Next time your old markers are about to take a nose dive right into the dumpster, stop and just try one of these tricks to reviving dried markers. You have a 50/50 shot of it working but since these hacks don’t take much time or effort, why not try it out? It’ll save you money (who knows how much longer you can get out of that marker now!) and the time it takes to run out to the store just hoping they have your favorite marker available.
We would love to know, have any of these tips (or some of your own not mentioned in this blog) helped with your dried out markers? Please comment below!