Here’s How To Revive an Old, Dried Out Sharpie
That’s what we thought.
But Sharpies, as much as we love and need them, can be ridiculously expensive. Needless to say, if you’re living on a budget, it’s not your top priority to go out and buy new Sharpies every time one dies.
But it may be that when your Sharpie “dies,” it isn’t actually gone for good. No, we’re not talking zombie Sharpies (although that would be pretty cool), we’re talking about giving your Sharpie new life with an easy and inexpensive trick!
When a Sharpie dries out, it’s rare that the ink in the marker is actually gone. More often than not, the tip of the marker is simply dried out. This may stop the ink from coming out, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t ink in the marker!
So how can you refresh your Sharpie and make it good as new? All you need is some rubbing alcohol and a bowl to get started!
- Rubbing alcohol
Fill your bowl with rubbing alcohol (you can also use the cap of the alcohol bottle, as you’ll see in these examples) and put the Sharpie, tip down, in the liquid.
Let it sit until you see a little ink running out into the alcohol. Then, cap your marker and let it sit for 15 minutes before using it again.
Make sure, when you’re letting the tip soak in rubbing alcohol, that you put something behind the marker for it to lean on. Chances are, it’s not going to stay upright all on its own.
For water-based markers (like kids’ markers) the same technique can be applied to reviving them, only soak the tip in water rather than rubbing alcohol. Basically, you’re injecting liquid back into the dried-out tip with whatever suits the type of marker better; water-based markers will require water, but permanent markers require rubbing alcohol better because of their alcohol-based ink.
What do you think of this money-saving hack? Have you used this trick to revive any Sharpies of your own? If so, how did it work for you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.