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Best ways to clean the whiteboard
Can anyone suggest a successful way of cleaning a whiteboard? Currently, I use a weak solution of washing-up liquid, but this seems to be slowly removing the outer layer of the board, making it more difficult to rub off the ink during the day.
I tend to use baby wipes, but they also seem to leave it not quite shiny enough. Scribbling all over it with a new board marker, then wiping with the board rubber is best.
I found whitening toothpaste to be brilliant at cleaning whiteboards.
Dry paper towel during the day - a slightly damp one at the end of the day. I find that soap leaves a residue and plain water is best.
When the last bird or other flu scare was on, all our classrooms were provided with bottles of liquid hand cleaner. Gets replaced regularly. It is THE BEST thing for cleaning whiteboards.
If it is just a whiteboard and not an interactive one, then I use car de-icer (the pump-spray type).
Any type of cola. Just make sure your younger kids are not sniffing the board when a deputy walks in.
As a chemistry teacher, I have access to a fairly wide range of cleaning fluids and, sadly, when I was doing my PhD, the research group I was in wasted an afternoon experimenting on our whiteboard, which was constantly messy. The solution we came up with is a mixture of washing detergent (for example, Fairy Liquid), water and propanol (or isopropyl alcohol). Your friendly science teacher should have some; your lab technician may be less friendly about it. I think the best ratio combo was detergent: propanol: water, 1:4:5. But you can change it - add less propanol if it's everyday use, more if it's a permanent marker problem, or more detergent if (for some reason) you have grease on the board.
Neat vodka :)
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