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How to clean a whiteboard so its white again

Transform your whiteboard with a tube of humble toothpaste and get rid of permanent marker stains with these whiteboard cleaning hacks.


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Having a whiteboard in the home can be a fun and handy way for kids to play or adults to manage the home schedule. But, within a few uses, stains can appear making it look messy. No matter – discover the best way to clean a whiteboard including how to clean a whiteboard with toothpaste.

Everyday products are perfect for cleaning your whiteboard. Try rubbing the surface with hairspray or toothpaste and rinse with a clean, damp cloth.

How to get permanent marker off whiteboards: A simple step-by-step guide

Used the wrong pen? Don’t fret – put the white back in whiteboard with these steps that show the best way to get permanent marker off whiteboard.

What you need:

  • Dry erase marker

  • Whiteboard eraser

How to get permanent marker off whiteboards – what to do:

  • Draw over the permanent marks with a dry erase marker.

  • Leave to dry.

  • Remove the dry erase marks with a whiteboard eraser.

  • As you clean the marks away, it should also remove the permanent marks.

  • If you notice any left-over marks, repeat the process.

How to clean whiteboards: Your regular cleaning routine

Used the right pen but still got unattractive smudges on your whiteboard? Try these whiteboard cleaning hacks to keep on top of it. You can even get the children involved – read more about making chores fun for kids for other ideas on getting a hand at home.

What you need:

  • Whiteboard eraser

  • Two soft, clean cloths

  • Your normal toothpaste

  • Clean water

  • Dry towel

How to clean a whiteboard with toothpaste – what to do:

  1. The best way to clean a whiteboard is little and often. Wipe the surface with a whiteboard eraser every other day.

  2. For a deeper clean that targets old stains, apply a little toothpaste with a soft cloth.

  3. Work a small amount of the toothpaste across the surface in a circular motion.

  4. Use a damp cloth to wipe the surface clean of any leftover residue after cleaning.

  5. Repeat as necessary to remove all stains.

  6. Use a clean towel to dry the surface. You can also air dry but this may leave streaks.

While this method focuses on how to clean a whiteboard with toothpaste, you can replace the ingredient with other household staples, such as:

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Nail polish remover

  • Glass cleaner

  • Hand sanitiser

  • Hairspray

Clean your whiteboard regularly and enjoy a crisp surface to write on when managing your home.

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