Alternative Erasers for Dry Erase Board?

What can I use for an eraser for a dry erase board besides the traditional erasers? Has anyone used something else successfully?

Allison from Northeast, TN


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November 21, 20071 found this helpful

i use baby wipes.

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Allison,
I use a soft cotton rag. There might be something better, but I have been happy with that for now :)

November 27, 20071 found this helpful

We use plain white dish towels that my hubby brings from work. Also, every once in a while, we use a little windex on a paper towel.

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November 27, 20072 found this helpful

The best thing for dry erase boards is hair spray. Get something cheap like Aqua Net or VO5 and spray it on and wipe with any rag or paper towel. It comes out totally clean and dry.

June 22, 20190 found this helpful

It worked awesome thanks!!!!

November 27, 20070 found this helpful

Old t-shirts and old socks work great. Our classroom uses dry erase boards for working problems and each student brings an old sock at the start of the semester just for this purpose.

November 27, 20070 found this helpful

I know you asked about erasers, but I thought I'd add an extra hint too:
Instead of buying expensive spray cleaner, most dry erase boards will look as good as new if you rub them with a rag dampened with isopropyl alcohol.

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November 28, 20070 found this helpful

As a teacher, I've tried several things. What I find best for erasing are these things: baby wipes, Clorox wipes, old socks, old rags, and my latest find-Germ-X on paper towels. Hope this helps.

November 28, 20070 found this helpful

I bought several cheap sponges with the green pad on one side and a bottle of cheap alcohol. Dampen, swipe and wipe.


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November 29, 20070 found this helpful

Windex works great!


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December 1, 20071 found this helpful

Those Mr. Clean eraser sponges work well too.

April 4, 20090 found this helpful

Those clorox bleach wipes work great. Just a bleach solution in a spray bottle with a good cotton rag would be good too.

February 1, 20140 found this helpful

I gather some free carpet sample squares from home improvement stores and cut them in half. They work great, don't cost anything, and take up almost no space.

September 16, 20151 found this helpful

Get a small box, like a jewellery box, cardboard ones, not flip open ones. Glue a strong magnet to the inside and wrap in an old sock, kids socks fit better. Rubber band on if need be.


Now you have a magnetic eraser with a sturdy shape for erasing only the things you need to without extra cloth hanging down getting in your way.

October 4, 20150 found this helpful

My friend who teaches Pre-K cuts the Magic Erasers into quarters and has her students use those on dry erase boards, tables, and laminated sheets.

December 7, 20170 found this helpful

I personally like to use toilet paper and when my whiteboard gets dirty I clean it with wet toilet paper and dry perfectly!!!!

September 12, 20180 found this helpful

Back in my early days teaching, a friend's room was only half converted to white board. He was also not give an eraser for the board. I floated and therefore shared his room. One day, a white hand towel appeared. And, well, it worked way better than the Expo erasers that most people use. A different friend actually spent time washing the expo eraser because what causes them to be less effective over time is that they get filled with dry erase schtuff. But, the towel worked better. But your hands get dirty as the towel is filled with dry erase schtuff. Over time, my solution has evolved and now bring it to the classrooms that I teach in, now at the post-secondary level.


I take a "rubber sanding block" and cut an old towel into little rectangles appropriate to fit the sanding block. Google what is in parenthesis and you find what I use. Peel back the rubber ends and spike the towel. After one side gets filled, I flip the towel remnant. When the second size fills, you can either wash it at home (darks) or pitch it and get a new piece. BTW, I do not wash them. Works a charm and everyone that uses it is converted. Try it. It will not disappoint.

November 11, 20180 found this helpful

This is a dry erase board at a rec center and they can't seem to get it clean. We are there for Pickleball and with sometimes as many as 32 to 40 players. The dry erase board, as you can imagine is for court assignment, and it gets used a lot.


I'm gonna go with what you say here, esp. because we've already tried it all. End result is, it's impregnated with a huge amount of smear. The culprit: the dusters (Expo) with the felt material are basically inefficient and in need of improvement for heavy use. You're the only one that has specifically mentioned the 'schtuff' lol!
That happens to be the exact problem we are confronted with. Thanks danawcook, I'll try it and I remain hopeful it is the solution. Cheers!

November 8, 20180 found this helpful

I got little round dark navy blue woven coasters in the kitchen gadget area at Dollar Tree, four to a pack for a buck. They are cute and flexible, they clean the boards totally, and because they are a dark color they don't look disgusting and dirty.


I've been using mine daily in my classroom for over a year, never cleaned them, and they still work like the first day. Of course, if I wanted to, I could throw them in the washer with the darks at any time. Win, win.

August 20, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you deb-p for clarifying which dollar store. There is dollar tree, dollar general and family dollar. People generally say "dollar store" ...which one is it? Lol...i am gonna try your solution for cleaning dry erase boards.

December 10, 20200 found this helpful

old socks work great

February 19, 20230 found this helpful

I had "shadows" from leaving the writing on too long. Since I use it for writing down "to-do's", they tend to stay on the board awhile. LOL; just being honest here. So after trying everything I could think of (alcohol, hand sanitizer (same thing), board cleaner), I decided to try goo gone.


I hope I didn't damage the board but everything came off nice and clean. Haven't used the board since then but I'm sure it's just fine.


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