Reviving Dried Up Markers

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Sometimes there is plenty of ink left, but the marker tip has dried out. This is a page about reviving dried up markers.


October 3, 2014

Try reviving your dried up markers before thawing them out. Check out this video and learn how we did it.

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My son loves to color, he is constantly asking to get the markers out. He just turned two and this is the first set of markers he has had. I noticed that some of his favorite colors were starting to run dry. I was thinking I ought to buy a new set, until I remembered there was a way to get them working again!


  • cup of warm water


  1. First, go through and find all the markers that seem to be running out of ink.
  2. Then, get a glass and add enough warm water to completely cover the tip of the marker. Some of the ink will leak out of the pen into the water.
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  4. I would only add colors of a similar hue to the glass, to avoid the pen from sucking up another color.
  5. After about 1 minute of letting the marker soak, take it out and dab it dry on to a paper towel. Test it out, then, place the cap back on.
  6. This way I was able to get a little bit more life out of the pens. But as you can see with the red marker, it will not have much longer to live.
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October 26, 2010

How do you revive a dried out magic marker?

By Patti from Portsmouth, OH

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October 26, 2010

Revive dried-up dry-erase markers by dipping the tip briefly in nail polish remover. Put the cap back on for a few minutes. Test in a corner to make sure it isn't going to damage your whiteboard. There are also water-based, low odor, dry-erase markers that can just be dipped in water like a regular marker. Make sure you know which kind you have!


By Elizabeth Cardell


Revive Dried-up Dry-erase Markers

Thank you! I'll definitely try it and pass it on to fellow teachers! I can never have enough! (08/16/2004)

By Shannon

Revive Dried-up Dry-erase Markers

I've found that trying to remove the marking from a dry erase marker on a plastic container can be difficult, if not impossible. It many times leaves a "shadow" of the writing even after scrubbing and bleaching.

So I came up with a way to mark it with the dry erase without leaving the "shadow." I put a strip of scotch tape on the container, then write on the tape. No more "shadows" and the tape is easy to remove. (05/04/2010)

By Cricket

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