How to Erase Chalk Markers Easily

Have you joined the chalkboard craze?  It seems like everywhere you look you see chalkboard labels, framed chalkboards, even entire walls painted with chalkboard paint.

Organizing Pasta in the Pantry

When I first started seeing the labels a few years ago, I could hardly believe people would want to label anything with chalk.  Without revealing too much about my age, ;) I remember loving when it was my turn to clap erasers for my teachers.  Do you remember the clouds of dust?  I do!  I certainly didn’t want all that chalk dust in my house.

But happily, chalk markers were invented!  Labeling bins and baskets with chalkboard labels and chalk markers has become my favorite way of labeling.

If you’re unfamiliar with chalk markers, think wet erase markers and white boards, in reverse.  They write neatly and don’t smudge unless they get wet.  I love that vinyl chalkboard labels are water proof, so they can be wiped clean and relabeled repeatedly.

There’s only one problem…

How to Easily Erase Chalk Markers

After chalk markers became so popular, I noticed that people were starting to ask how to erase them.  The markers I had erased fine, so I didn’t know what they were talking about.  But then I tried a new brand.  I wanted to relabel one of my kitchen command center’s door pockets, and the chalk would NOT come off.

How to Erase Chalk Markers

I tried a number of different solutions, and nothing would fully take it off.  Then I had an idea.  One of my favorite cleaning products is the Magic Eraser because it cleans dirt off of almost anything.  I tested it and could hardly believe how easily it wiped clean.  I seriously had tried everything I could think of to remove the chalk.  Nothing worked, until this.

Seriously.  Check this out…

Erasing Chalk Marker with a Magic Eraser

Not even a trace of chalk was left!

How to Easily Erase Chalk Labels

So far I haven’t found a single surface that the Magic Eraser didn’t work on to clean off the chalk.  I have heard of chalk markers not coming off of walls painted with chalkboard paint.  I don’t have any in my home, so I can’t comment on that.  If you do, I’d love for you to share your solutions in the comments below.

How to Erase Chalk Markers Easily

Would you like to know what brands of chalk markers I use and recommend?  Check out my review here.

***Tip: cut your eraser in half to get more use out of it.  They disintegrate after only a few uses, and rarely do you need the full length of the sponge.



31 Responses to “How to Erase Chalk Markers Easily”

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  1. Sabrina says:

    Great idea! I was wondering the same thing. Thanks

  2. Angie says:

    I have a chalkboard painted door on my pantry. I have been trying to find chalk markers and no luck. Anyone know where to find any?

  3. Betsy says:

    I have a chalkboard that is a surface painted with chalk paint. The only way I can get the markers off is using a Mr Clean Magic Eraser WITH nail polish remover! It’s that tough!!

  4. kristin says:

    Chalk markers will not erase on chalkboard if you used the chalkboard paint.

  5. robyn says:

    That’s great! Are you using them wet or dry? I’m looking forward to your chalk markers review tomorrow. I too have chalk boards all over the house and am getting very tired of the chalk dust. ;)

  6. Stacy says:

    I accidentally used a sharpie on a dry erase board. The Magic Eraser took that off, too! Those things are amazing!

  7. Donna Stanfield says:

    Where do I purchase these labels and chalk markers?

  8. Kristine says:

    I am so glad I found this … I bought a new set and wrote all over my chalkboard wall calendar (In January) and have not been able to remove any of it … I am writing in August!

  9. Amanda Bradley says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I wrote on my brand new chalkboard menu with my brand new chalk markers, and panicked when I tried erasing and the marker didn’t budge. Thank goodness for magic erasers!

  10. Anna says:

    This blog just saved me $55 and a lot of hassle from returning black board buffet signs that I thought were ruined from using chalk markers.

  11. wendy a. says:

    Bought a cheap cute kitchen chalkboard at Kohl’s and used a white chalk pen on it. Left it on for one week. Magic eraser didn’t work. Just took of the chalk board paint. :-(

  12. Rachel says:

    Just thought I’d throw it out there in case some people aren’t realising the difference, but chalk paint is not the same as chalkboard paint. The only thing I’ve found to erase chalk markers on chalkboards is magic erasers with windex.

  13. I’d struggled with this as well but discovered as long as you “primed” the surface first, the chalkboard markers will wipe off with a cloth … you just need to rub the side of an ordinary chalk all over the surface first, leave a little and then wipe off until there’s no residue left. Chalkboard markers fine after that.

  14. Melanie says:

    I bought 3 large personalised chalkboard stickers for my children’s weekly events, used the chalk markers and they looked amazing – all in different colours. My horror started when I needed to change something and I couldn’t rub it out!
    THANK YOU so much for your advice, the magic marker worked straight away!
    Mel, UK.

  15. jessica says:

    Bought a beautiful blackboard for my wedding. Few weeks ago, I wrote out my saying. This morning I decided to change it and couldn’t erase it. I started paniking since the wedding is this Sunday. I want to say thank you for your blog and the advice from having an all blown out bridezilla moment. The magic eraser and some windex has started to work. Just need to put a little more elbow grease into it to have it fully removed. Maybe I will even turf this to the future hubby as his contribution to the wedding :) thanks again!!!

  16. Aria says:

    I just laughed out loud! Duh! Of course a Magic Eraser would erase Chalk Marker from a Chalkboard! You are brilliant! I never would have guessed that. I thought my boards were ruined. Thank You!

  17. Nikki says:

    Thanks, i love the magic eraser and will try it tomorrow. For halloween i traced my boufriend on the cement outside my house and of course the outline is still there and even in the rain has not washed away, so tomorrow I will try this and see how it works, wish me luck!

  18. nicki says:

    If we were neighbours I’d be running round to see you right now and throwing my arms around you! You have saved me a whole lot of scrubbing and crosspatch faces

  19. Hope says:

    So basically no of the chalk markers come off spray paint chalk boards easily, is that correct?

  20. Bob says:

    Sponges made from the identical material as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser are available online at for as little as $0.29 a piece with free shipping!

  21. Trisha says:

    Does any eraser work?

  22. Trisha says:

    I tried a different type because I don’t have a Magic Eraser at my house, and it worked but not as good as a Magic Eraser.
    Do you know where I could get one? And, I could use nail polish remover to remove it too?

  23. rebecca says:

    Thanks for sharing the tip…Worked like a charm! You’re awesome!!!

  24. Jamee says:

    thank goodness I found this post, I bought a beautiful big chalkboard for my kitchen/ open floor plan home and I love switching out my board with the holidays!! I found a steal at Homegoods and have not been able to remove the sign in 4 months I miss Halloween and Christmas because I couldn’t get my words down. When I first happened I looked for a post everywhere with no luck until today. I can’t wait to go to the store and get a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Fingers crossed!

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