Dry-erase markers stink, and it's quite frustrating to find that all the markers on the ledge are dried out. It turns out that jumbo children's crayons work just as well, and you never have to worry about them drying out.
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Lifehacker reader michah1_8 shares a tip highlighting how easily you can swap out dry-erase markers for large children's crayons.
Next time your dry erase markers dry up, grab a cheap box of "Jumbo" sized crayons. They write wonderfully on dry-erase surfaces, don't smear, kids can't huff them, and they don't dry out! It wipes off pretty easily with a dry washcloth and just a little scrubbing, or with a little squirt of dry erase board cleaner. Crayola sells specialty dry erase crayons, but I find that regular ones do the job just fine.
As someone who doesn't like the smell of dry-erase markers, how often they're dried out at the most inopportune time and how easily they smudge off the board when you're working with lots of writing, I'll definitely be trying out jumbo crayons as an alternative. If you have any experience with crayons as dry-erase marker alternatives let's hear about it in the comments. Thanks micah1_8!