Revive Permanent Markers With Rubbing Alcohol

Revive Permanent Markers With Rubbing Alcohol

Do you keep a bunch of dried out Sharpies wasting space in your pen holder? DIY blog The Art of Doing Stuff suggests you can often revive a permanent marker by soaking it in rubbing alcohol.

All you need to do is pour a little rubbing alcohol into a cap, soak the marker until you see ink swirling out, and then put the marker’s cap back on for 15 minutes while it dries. Once the time is up, you should have a marker working like it’s brand new. If you’re working with non-permanent markers, you can get the same results by substituting water for rubbing alcohol.

How to Fix a Dried Out Sharpie [The Art of Doing Stuff via The Consumerist]


    • Not sure if it would help, but Pharmacies sell the isopropyl wipes/swabs

      We use them to sanitise probe thermometers, but also clean everything – such as phones, screens, keyboards! the shit just moves grease and grime like crazy!

    • You can get Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) in most hardware shops. I personally would head to Jaycar (, which sells alot of electronic components for hobbyists and tradies

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