Introduction: Bring a Dried Out Marker Back to Life!

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have you ever left a marker out and realized it, when it was already too late? heres a simple quick fix on how to bring it back to life!

Step 1: Get Your Materials.

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all you need is

1. dried out marker
2. wooden stick (optional)
3. mini baster thing... (optional)
4. white vinegar

the stick or the baster are to get a specific drop of white vinegar you don't want too much because that could delude the ink...

Step 2: Put Some Vinagar in the Cap.

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just a little

Step 3: Get a Drop

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i used the dowel because i didn't want to break a sterile pack.. hehe.. so go ahead and be my guest if you want to use a dropper. all you need is one drop and put it on the dry felt tip..

Step 4: Rejoice!!!!!

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this is your finished product! its works awesome..

if you need help or tips.. or something wasn't clear just tell me.. glad to help!!


CourtneyK29 (author)2017-03-31

I just bought some papermate flair pens and one came dried out. Do you think this could fix it?

SueL1 (author)2014-09-24

I hate it when my ink is deluded!

_Anirak__ (author)SueL12016-11-16


MichelleM331 (author)2016-09-21

Didnt work and I had one disappointed 3 yr old ?

5XNicoletteX5 (author)2016-09-17

Please if you do have copics, don't use this method. It may work for sharpies but it does completely ruin the copics

MaryLouD2 (author)2016-08-04

For the person who asked about how to revive a glue stick, I've been doing this for years. Take the glue stickand twist it down as far as it will go. Put a few drops of water on top or along the sides, put the cap back oon, and let it sit overnight. Sometimes I set it in a bowl in case it leaks any. Don't put too much water or it turns into a gooey mess, but a few drops, given time to soak in to the solid mass, will usually revive it so that I can use it right down to the end and not waste my money. Now if I could just get my husband to stop throwing away ones that he thinks are no good and to give them to me to revive instead!

SueR3 (author)2015-11-15

does this work for gel markers & glitter pens? i haven't used mine for over a year & all of them won't work...they have lots of gel

LyndaZ2 (author)SueR32016-01-10

I haven't tried this yet but I have the same problem you do & found this website.

mechellen (author)2015-12-25

I dipped the sharpie tip in the vinegar. At first it didn't help at all. I dipped it again. Still no help. Then I decided to close the cap and let it stay like that for a while. After waiting 10 minutes or less, the marker worked perfectly! Thanks!

monsterhighw (author)2015-01-22

Does this work on Copic markers? Do you know?

saintquinn007. (author)2014-11-15

I just tried the one drop of vinegar on the tip method...Didn't work...Probably because the vinegar didn't penetrate the dried sharpie tip very well...

I'm now soaking the tip of the sharpie in a cap full of vinegar...

stephanie.spomer.3 (author)2014-10-20

I never post to thank someone, but this tip is awesome! You made it easy and best of all, it really really really worked!!! I brought an old calligraphy marker back to life. Thanks!

freidabob (author)2013-02-10

Water base markers come right back to life if you use a hypodermic needle to inject water into them. I have revived thousands of them that way. They have to be the fat tip markers. I stick the needle down in the tip and inject slowly. If you go too fast it overflows. You have to allow air to escape as you put a little in. Still trying to learn how to do Sharpies and dry erase markers. Also- glue sticks puzzle me. Would love to know how to make a glue stick refillable!

e-gr2learn (author)2009-09-23

Since Isloan mentions that Sharpies are alcohol-based, I used that. (My alcohol is oil-of-wintergreen scented, worked just fine.) I could not have sniffed the Sharpie, however, since it was a mini-sized whose cap had worked loose at some unknown time, in my bag. No smell left. Could've been dried out for weeks, as I rarely use it. Thanks to the "alcohol-rub" I gave it, it's found new life! Thank you.

acabrera7 (author)e-gr2learn2013-02-08

u could revitalise the pen using hand disinfectant or isopropyl alcohol

dip the tip in and take it out. lid on, leave the pen upside down, and let it absorb.
repeat, but leave the pen tip facing down, next day READY!

rbatish (author)2013-01-27

Good hint

cupkakes97 (author)2012-04-09

didnt work at all,,it just made my marker worse :/

punkrules (author)2008-10-22

i tried this with a few dead markers i had but they never came back to life. am i doing something wrong?

williamkidd (author)punkrules2008-10-22

well if theres no ink then your S.O.L buddy..
this is for dried out markers.. =]

punkrules (author)williamkidd2008-10-23

ok maybe that's why it didn't work. thanks for clearing that up for me.

Derin (author)2008-05-29

i found another way of removing alcohol based marker on whiteboards go over it using a dry erase pen and erase wallah

williamkidd (author)Derin2008-05-29


benthekahn (author)2008-05-10

i'll have to try this sometime. Good idea!

Guitarcat999 (author)2008-03-16

Does this work for sharpies and other permanent markers?

williamkidd (author)Guitarcat9992008-03-16

certainly! it should work with all markers and marker types.. i appreciate the feedback!

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-05

Awesome job! Smart, I will do this next time probably. (added to favorites)

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