How to Save a Dry Highlighter Lifehack

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Highlighters, whether new or old, sometimes become dry. You know them, screeching on the paper, barely doing anything. Today I will show you a very simple way to save your highlighter!

Step 1: Step 1 - Notice Your Highlighter Is on the Fritz

Easy enough, you get annoying results like these:

Step 2: Setp 2- Save It!

Simply dip the tip of your highlighter in a bit of water for a few seconds (2-3 should be enough). I used my water-cooler`s drip pan for this because I was at work and did not want to colour my tea .

Step 3: Step3- Wait 10 Seconds

Wait a few more seconds (5-10) for the water to run up into the highlighter and for the tip to dry a bit (as it is now dripping).

Step 4: Step 4: Test and Enjoy!

Test it! it should now work. It should now work perfectly!

If not, I recommend the Uni Promark View highlighters (USA / Canada)

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ArshS6

4 weeks ago

Actually I read to put it in some acetone or nail polish remover ..I did it but it didn't work..but this water method work..and it gives dark color than before .

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EdmundN3

1 year ago

It worked perfectly! Thanks!

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N'TeashaB

1 year ago

Worked perfectly, thanks so much!

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JuliefeC

2 years ago

It immediately worked! Hope i had read this post sooner. I could have saved a lot of my highlighters. I just forget to put their caps back on especially when i unintentionally fell asleep while studying ??

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TrishC16

2 years ago

didn't work for me. Actually made it worse. It was worth a shot though.

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AronL

2 years ago

Didn't work for me on any of my highlighters :(

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MakinThingsAronL

Reply 2 years ago

They must have been very dry then!

Could it be that they are the ones filled with liquid (no sponge), and have a 1 way ball valve (kind of like a pen)? If not, and they are felt-tips, you could try setting 5ml of water in a small cup and let it sit until it soaks up, and then let it sit for a while so it spreads. If that does work though, keep in mind this will not work for ever, eventually you will run out of pigment. Let me know how it works!

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AronLMakinThings

Reply 2 years ago

Gonna give it a try overnight. They're all felt-tip, so hopefully this will work. Thanks for getting back to me!

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MakinThingsHanhB1

Reply 3 years ago

glad it helped one person in two years ;) haha.

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TyrondaC

3 years ago

How do I get to the post