There are scads of dry erase products out there as well, so which ones are best? A new item on the scene is the dry erase crayon, but how does it stack up against a dry erase marker? What about erasers? Is there some hidden magic in dry erase board cleaner? Let's explore the answers. You can click the play button on the video above or just keep on reading.
Both have their strengths. I like markers for their ease of use, as well as the plethora of colors & tip shapes. There are many companies that make dry erase markers. I have only found one company that makes the crayons, and that is Crayola. For comparison, I used a green marker and a green crayon (both made by Crayola) to write on my dry erase board. The marker made a darker mark initially, but with extra pressure or multiple strokes, I was able to make the crayon the darker of the two. One thing I really like about a dry erase crayon is its ability to stick to the surface of the board without being wiped off by little fingers. No excuses anymore, Kids! The markers wipe right off with a touch, but crayons stick fast. One thing I don't like about the crayon is its inability to remain sharp. Crayola knew that would happen, so they included a sharpener on the back of the box.
The crayons I bought came with a wiping cloth, which works remarkably better than the white board eraser I purchased. Both will erase, but you must really pour on the pressure with the eraser. The cloth allows you to erase with less pressure, but still the crayon requires extra wiping no matter what. Using medium pressure and a circular motion works well. After using both "erasers," the marker & the crayon both left behind a residue.
When I was a teen, Mom & I bought the board, markers, and of course the special cleaner just for dry erase boards. After using it, I realized the smell was akin to rubbing alcohol. "That's cheap!" I thought, "What a rip-off!" After that, I began using rubbing alcohol. It's less expensive and, in my opinion, works just as well. I keep some in a trigger spray bottle for this purpose, as well as killing insects & spiders, and disinfecting surfaces in my home.
Do you have any white board tips & tricks? Do you prefer markers or crayons, erasers or cloths, and why? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below. Just click on "add comment."