Fight Germs… and Marker Stains, Too!


Have you ever thought about all the germs that your stu­dents share, while shar­ing those inno­cent class­room sup­plies like crayons, scis­sors and pen­cils?? Here’s a great tip from our Kinder­garten aide “extra­or­di­naire”, Michelle L.


Keep a small spray bot­tle filled with house­hold rub­bing alco­hol (91% works best) for tack­ling germs as well as per­ma­nent marker stains on tables and desks. (Impor­tant!! Rub­bing alco­hol is toxic if swal­lowed, so you must keep it up high in a locked cab­i­net, out of the reach of chil­dren!) At the end of each day, give a few squirts into each of the tubs of sup­plies that your stu­dents share, mix­ing them around a lit­tle as you spray them so they all get cov­ered. The alco­hol evap­o­rates quickly and the sup­plies are com­pletely dry long before the kids come back to school the next day. You can also spray other fre­quently touched sur­faces, like door knobs and han­dles, to keep those germs at bay.

But the won­ders of rub­bing alco­hol don’t end there! After a recent art project, we ended up with per­ma­nent marker stains all over the tables. I’ve never wor­ried about that too much as Magic Rub Erasers have always worked great for remov­ing Sharpie from desks (bonus tip!), but we were using chisel tip per­ma­nent mark­ers (a dif­fer­ent ink for­mula), and to my dis­may, my eraser strat­egy just wasn’t cut­ting it! Then, in steps our fab­u­lous aide, Michelle, to the res­cue! She grabbed her handy spray bot­tle, lightly misted the tables with rub­bing alco­hol and, “Voila!” The marker stains were eas­ily wiped away and the tables looked like new again! Thanks, Michelle, for this amaz­ing tip!!

Remem­ber… rub­bing alco­hol may be your new best friend, but be sure to keep it out of the reach of your stu­dents.… for adult use only!!!

9 Responses to Fight Germs… and Marker Stains, Too!

  1. Ms. Julie's Place January 4, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Hand san­i­tizer actu­ally works well for remov­ing marker and crayon stains as well– because of the alco­hol content.

  2. TeachKidsArt January 4, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Great idea, Julie! Most every­one already has hand san­i­tizer in their class­room these days!

  3. Anonymous January 6, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    great idea! I will use it this week. Also, just so you know, Mr Clean magic erasers work well for remov­ing per­ma­nent mark­ers from floors and tables as well.

  4. TeachKidsArt January 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    Good to know! I hadn’t tried that yet… thanks for the tip!!

  5. Kelly January 10, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    Won­der­ful tip. Thank you! :-)

  6. Jess Ott January 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    Any sug­ges­tions for get­ting mod podge off tables?

    I didn’t think I needed to cover the table for a lesson…BOY WASWRONG

    Now my tables have spots of hard glue!

  7. TeachKidsArt January 28, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Hmmmm.… I don’t have an answer for that off the top of my head but I’ll poke around and see what I can find out!

  8. TeachKidsArt January 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Jess, what mate­r­ial is the sur­face of your table made of? Is it wood, plas­tic, lam­i­nate, or…??? That might make a dif­fer­ence in what should be used to remove the Mod Podge.

  9. TeachKidsArt January 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Jess, I just emailed Mod Podge’s man­u­fac­turer. They got back to me REALLY fast… great com­pany!!! Here is their answer:
    “Mod Podge is a per­ma­nent appli­ca­tion once dried. Sand­ing would be the only option.”
    (I have a feel­ing that’s not what you were hop­ing to hear! Well, at least now you know…)

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