How to Clean Dry Erase Marker From Walls

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Things You'll Need

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

  • Hairspray

  • Toothbrush

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • WD-40

  • Soft clean cloth

  • White toothpaste


Test each method on an inconspicuous area of the wall before using it to remove the marker. Different paints will react differently to different methods.

Clean Dry Erase Marker From Walls

If you have little artists in your house, you have probably already encountered the marker masterpieces that they proudly display upon walls. Dry erase markers have a misleading name in that they don't just wipe off the walls. It requires a little more time and special attention. Not all cleaners will remove this temperamental mark.


Step 1

Dampen a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and scrub the marker stains away.

Step 2

Spray hairspray onto a soft clean cloth and use it to wipe away the ink. Reapply more hairspray as needed and keep wiping until there is no ink left.

Step 3

Dampen an old toothbrush with isopropyl alcohol and scrub the stain away.

Step 4

Spray the marked area with WD-40 and wipe it up with a soft clean cloth.

Step 5

Put white toothpaste on an old toothbrush and gently scrub until the paint is gone.


Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.