Removing Permanent Marker


This may be old news, but I think it is pretty helpful news.  Each year I like to have all of my students’ names labeled around the room before the year starts.  However, having some name changes, due to nicknames, is inevitable.

So, here is what I do.  Anything that I put names on needs to be laminated first.  I then write the names using a permanent marker.  Anytime I need to make a change, I simply color over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker, and then wipe it off with a paper towel.  The permanent marker comes off nice and clean, and you can rewrite as necessary!





I actually am often able to reuse a lot of tags from year to year using this simple method!  Enjoy.

6 Responses to Removing Permanent Marker

  1. sara August 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    One of my favorite tricks. I believe that Nail polish remover works, too.

    Here’s to a great year.


    • Karen Langdon August 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      Nice! I just saw on another post this morning that you can use a regular eraser over permanent marker. So many great tips!

  2. Melissa T August 9, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    You’re right it works like a charm! Have you ever tried Mr.Clean magic erasers!? Seriously magic on permanent. Just don’t wet the sponge. They also seriously clean dry erase boards!!
    Have a great year!

    • Karen Langdon August 9, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      I have used Magic Erasers for cleaning, but I never tried them on name tags and such. I will now! Thanks!

  3. Demetra August 12, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Thanks for the post. Time to put this into action instead of just
    bookmarking it.

  4. Jane August 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    What also works great is just Windex. I figured this out as a kid when i accidentally coloured on my gameboy screen. Windex gets permanent marker off of glass, plastic and laminant.