How To Remove Chalk Marker from a Chalkboard
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How to Remove Chalk Marker from a Chalkboard

How to remove chalkboard marker off of a blackboard, or how to clean a chalkboard: This simple solution FINALLY saved the day and worked!

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I’ve been doing some testing over the last few months trying to find out how to clean my chalkboard.  As you know, I love to decorate my chalkboard for each holiday or season that is approaching.

How to clean a chalkboard: my Christmas chalkboard art

With this, has come a “pain in the rear,” process, of trying to figure out how to remove chalk marker from a chalkboard.

I don’t get it?  I have 2 or 3 other chalkboards, and the chalk marker simply wipes off, with a wet rag.
With the chalkboard in my entry, from Restoration Hardware???  Forget it.  I thought I was going to have to send it back, and get a plan B in place for my entry wall, because I was struggling with getting the “ghost,” shadow of a chalk marker off of the board.

Buy a similar LARGE chalkboard HERE! (Darker than mine, but same size)

That was until I FINALLY came up with a technique that works for me, and NOW so many others! Check out the comments at the bottom of this post for success stories! Yay!

How To Remove Chalk Marker from a Chalkboard


I am, in by NO means, saying that this will work for you.  I am not responsible for anything that happens to your chalkboard.  Actually, I recommend reading the instructions that come with your chalkboard, before you even touch it with a chalk pen or marker.  Some say you have to “treat,” them before applying anything.

I however… did not read my instructions, and I feel that’s where I messed up.  If I had treated it, I may not have the problem of the markers leaving a ghost shadow.

How to Remove Chalk Marker from a Chalkboard

After trying soap and water, clorox wipes, all-purpose cleaner, vinegar, a magic eraser…and let the list go on… I couldn’t find anything that would work.  Finally, I was so fed up, that I just started experimenting.  I decided I didn’t care if it messed up my chalkboard, I was going to try anything to get that chalk dust shadow off of my board, no matter what it did to it.

Which led me to this:

How to Remove Chalk Marker from Chalkboard

That folks, is a magic eraser, AND some vinegar.  I combined the two for some serious chalk marker removin’ solution.

Yes… this is me scrubbing away below.  Now… this is important.  I DO have to put a little muscle behind the scrubbing.  It doesn’t just pleasantly wipe off.  So your arms may get a work out, but honestly, I think that’s just a bonus.  No need to do my arm workout that day.

(Who am I kidding?  I don’t work out)

How to Remove Chalk Marker

So I just use the magic eraser and rub up and down, and in a circle, in a small area first.  When that chalk spot is gone, I move on to the next area!

Another helpful tip:

Keep a dry rag or towel, near by, so you can wipe off the “wetness,” after each few scrubs, so you can lower the risk of just letting chalk-smear dry.

(Also, I tend to have some “black,” come off on my magic eraser when I do this.  I’m wondering if that’s a normal thing, or if that was part of that, “I should have pre-treated this thing first,” deal.

My little guy is so helpful below.  I’m sure you other moms can appreciate not being able to do anything alone. 🙂

A Mommy is Never Alone

So there you have it!  I really hope this helps ease your frustration with trying to get chalk marker off of your chalk board.  Talk about making a DIY gal go CRAZY!

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168 thoughts on “How to Remove Chalk Marker from a Chalkboard

  1. kelley says:

    I’m totally going to try this before I repaint! Thanks!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!! Let me know how it works!!! I hope it works for you!

      1. kelley says:

        OMGoodness! It worked like a charm! Thanks a million! I’ll be posting my before and afters along with a reblog of this post! Great info. oxo

        1. Jessica says:

          Yaaaaay! I’m so glad that it worked for you!!! Yippee!!! Thanks for letting me know!

    2. Deborah Marcucci says:

      This totally worked and I tried everything. Thank you so much❤️

      1. Jessica says:

        Yaaaay!!! So glad that it worked for you!!

  2. Nikki says:

    I love the chalkboard! My toddlers are little helpers as well 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Haha! I couldn’t tell you the last time I tried to do something alone! 🙂

  3. Mary says:

    I am so thankful that I came across this article! I just used this method on 6 little chalk boards that I had written things on for a birthday party with chalk markers. I was so upset that they weren’t wiping off. So, I just put them aside until I could repaint them. It’s been about 6 months now and I ran across this article. I gave it a try and it worked beautifully! They are just like new. Thanks so much for doing the research for us. You rock!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh yaaaay!!!! I’m so glad that this helped you! You’ve made my day, by telling me this! Here’s to chalkboard success! 🙂 XOXO

  4. Jeannie says:

    I have a little café and when this ghosting happened to me I was truly upset to put “repaint chalkboards” back on my list of things to do. Can’t wait to try this little trick!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!!!! I hope you find it helpful!!! Good luck! Thank you for dropping a note! XO

  5. Laura says:

    Thanks for the help! Does this work on chalkboard paint and chalkboard contact paper too?

    1. Jessica says:

      You bet! You know, I’m not sure. That magic eraser is pretty powerful though, so I’d try a small spot before trying it on a new surface! Sorry I can’t help more with that. I’ve never given in a try!

      1. Angela says:

        I’m a teacher and my new school I am moving too still has chalkboards. I cannot use chalk. It’s disgusting LOL. I didn’t realize chalk markers weren’t supposed to be used on chalkboards. Any tips for me? I just don’t see myself having the time everyday to use vinegar and a magic eraser. 🙁

        1. Jessica says:

          Oh my gosh, I feel the same way about chalk! It gives me the heebie jeebies! Lol! Well some chalkboards work well with chalk markers, but the one I have at home sure doesn’t let it wipe off easily. Have you tried the chalk holders? Little metal sleeves that go around the chalk? That would help a bit, but I sure don’t know of anything else that may work at the moment. 🙁 I’m so sorry!

  6. Crissy says:

    Your idea of getting the colored chalk markers off my decorative chalk board WORKED!! Thank you so much!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yaaay! I’m so happy that it worked for you!! Thank you for letting me know! I love celebrating with you. 🙂

  7. Sabrina Clemens says:

    Seriously I love you. I love you. I love you. I worked really hard on my daughter’s first day of school chalkboard. It came out awesome. I painted the main phrases but wanted the fill in’s to be with chalk marker and erasable… well it wasn’t and I was so disappointed and the company didn’t ever contact me back. I figured it was a loss but refused to toss the board. Well today I fell into your blog on fb and now I am a believer of you!!! I am so happy that it worked!!! it worked!!!! Thank you so much. #143

    1. Jessica says:

      Awwwww!!! I’m SOOO happy to hear this. Tickled that it worked for you, and so excited that you’re so excited! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the comment!!

  8. Bobi says:

    Worked like a charm! Thank you!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yaaay! I’m so glad!! Thank you for letting me know!

  9. Michele says:

    I spent a small fortune on chalkboards that light up like a marquis for my daughters wedding. I had to use the chalk pens to write with. I’m praying these wipe off with your solution – Wedding is May 28 so keep your fingers crossed. 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh I hope it works for you too!!!! Good luck, and keep me posted! I love to celebrate chalkboard victories! 🙂 XO

  10. Beth says:

    Oh My Gosh THANK YOU so Much!!! I was so upset that I couldn’t clean my super cute and expensive chalk board. You my friend are Amazing! Thank you for posting about this. ????????????????

    1. Jessica says:

      YAAAAY! I’m so happy to hear this! I’m telling you… when it worked for me, I about died with excitement. So happy to share the goodness with others! 🙂 Have a great day!

  11. Suzanne says:

    Thank you it work for me too! Thank you for posting this as I was worried it wouldn’t clean a board I am making for my nieces shower this Sunday. So thank you again!

    1. Jessica says:

      yaaaaay!!! So exciting! I love, love hearing this! Thank you!

  12. Jean Nunes says:

    Whoa!!! This worked!!! Great tip…thank you so much. Now I am free to decorate it for my daughter’s bridal shower next week. Many thanks!!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay! I’m so glad!!! Thank you so much for sharing that it did! I love success stories. 🙂

  13. Millie says:

    Thanks for the suggestion, but the chalk marker still was very hard to get off of my chalkboard. So, I added baking soda to the vinegar and it wiped right off!! No arm workout for me….atleast doing this task…

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good Millie! So glad that you found a way to get it off with out an arm workout!!

  14. Jenn Johnson says:

    Why oh why!!!!!!! Why didn’t I find you sooner?!?! After trying and trying, water, soap, cleaner, nothing and I mean nothing would work. I put some vinegar on a magic eraser and voila! GONE! Thank you thank you!

    1. Jessica says:

      Eeeek! Yay!!!! I’m so happy! Thank you for sharing your success!

  15. Lindsey says:

    I just purchased a chalkboard for my twins first day of Kindergarten. I had some vinyl put on it so that we could write in chalk the year and a few other fun things. I bought some liquid chalk and tried it for fun, it didn’t come off. I spent a lot of money on these. I tried everything and as a last resort googled how to remove it. You came up and saved the day. I tried it and it worked. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I am now your biggest fan.

    1. Jessica says:

      OMG that makes me so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing! I’m super happy that Google sent you to this post! Yay!

  16. Ruby says:

    Used a chalk marker on a door I painted with chalk paint and it wouldn’t budge! Eventually just thought I would have to re paint it but came across this article and your suggestion worked for me!! Thank-you so much!

    1. Jessica says:

      YAY!!! I Love love love hearing that! Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. Shannon says:

    Thank you for posting this! My teenage daughter had tried everything to get the chalk pen off of her board and nothing worked. This didn’t get it completely off, but worked better than anything that we had previously tried. Thanks again!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!!!! I’m so glad to hear that it work a little bit at least. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Gen says:

    I am expecting in Dec. and moving our 2yr old from the nursery into her big girl room! I am finalizing her room’s lil reading nook with an adorable chalkboard and noticed the horrible ghosting happening behind my “masterpiece” drawing. I internally FREAKED out and was convinced I had ruined a brand new chalkboard but thanks to your ingenuity u saved me so much time and money!thank you so much!!! I AM A FAN!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yipee!!! I’m so happy that this worked for you! Congratulations on your new bundle of joy in December! XOXO

  19. Mj says:

    I am so happy that I came across this! I just got married a couple of weeks ago and have a few chalkboards that I was sure would be unusable after the wedding. I’ll have to try this and report back. Thanks so much!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!!! Yes! Please let me know if it works! I’d love to hear! 🙂 XO

  20. Kate A. says:

    Thank you very much for this helpful solution! Paint had been on my chalkboard for six and a half months and your method easily removed the paint.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yaaay!!! I’m so happy it worked for you! Thank you for sharing your success! XO

  21. Nicole says:

    I just tried this and it worked perfectly. Thanks so much!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!! I’m so happy that it worked for you!!!

  22. Carol says:

    I am in the middle of repainting my sidewalk chalkboard for my business. Can’t wait to try this cleaning method to keep it looking pretty and new this time around! Thanks!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yes!!! Give it a try! I hope it works for you!

  23. Tina Brown says:

    Woo Hoo!! Thank you so much for sharing this most helpful advice!! I appreciate you doing all the hard work of figuring out what really worked!! I was in a panic, I borrowed a friend’s chalkboard for another friend’s wedding shower and had used a combo of chalk and chalk pen. I was afraid the chalk pen wouldn’t come off because I had even noticed some of the chalk ghosting left from the last time I had used it for a baby shower. Not to mention I was simply going to erase only part of the design and use for my neice’s birthday party tommorrow! Thanks to your advice, you saved the day!! I had started to clean it when nothing was budging, thought let me google this! Thank goodness I had a magic eraser and vinegar on hand! As you see we get our money’s worth out of the chalkboard and now the party’s on for tommorrow and will be able to use the chalkboard for the upcoming wedding as well! Thanks a million for coming to the rescue!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay! I love hearing that! Thank you so much for letting me know!!! XO

  24. Roxann says:

    My teenage daughter has THREE painted chalkboard walls and I thought the chalk markers were such a fun idea…NOT! The Magic Eraser alone did nothing. Adding the vinegar and some baking soda as mentioned above did the trick! Thank you!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yippee!!! I’m so happy it worked! You’re so welcome, and thanks for letting me know. XO

  25. Keri says:

    Worked like a charm! I didn’t have any vinegar on hand somehow and just tried the magic eraser and water and it worked!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yippee!!!! Success! Thanks for sharing! XO

  26. Kari says:

    This totally worked! Just used it on my mini chalkboard that I used a chalkboard pen on for my daughter’s first day of school! Thanks a million! Now its ready to go for some fall chalkboard fun.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yaaaay!!!! So glad that it worked for you!!! Thank you for letting me know. XO

  27. Ashley says:

    Tried you’re method and it worked, but now chalk won’t work on the board 🙁

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh no! Is it real chalk, or a chalk marker? I’ve read something about “seasoning,” a board. I wonder if that would help? But I’m not quite sure what that is. Thanks for letting us know. Hopefully there will be something that will work on it!

  28. PetRaP says:

    Trick worked on my vinyl (contact paper) chalk board. I had tried the both separately, but it did not help. Your combination did! And I “pre”seasoned the board and it is fine now. Thank you!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yaaay!!! I’m so excited it worked for you! Thank you for letting me know!

  29. Kimberly says:

    This worked AH-MAZINGLY! I was in the same spot you were in. I tried Windex, water, scrubbing, coconut oil- all to no avail. I was going to head to the store to buy some chalkboard paint to paint right over the writing, then I stumbled across your solution and figured I’d give it a try. I had everything already. As soon as I wiped once, it disappeared! I wasn’t convinced yet, though. I figured the writing would reappear as soon as the air hit it. So I scrubbed (just a little) the whole board clean. I’ll tell you, I must have audibly gasped when I wiped over it with the cloth to dry it and there was no writing left. Thank you so much for this solution! I just got this board last week at an awesome (but expensive) store. I’m using it for weekly menus and my family was afraid we were going to be stuck having the same dinners every week! LOL! I’m so glad it saved my chalkboard!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yaaay! I’m so glad that it worked for you! It’s so disappointing when you spend so much money on something, and then you can’t use it to it’s fullest potential! So so happy it worked for you!! Thank you for letting us know! XO

  30. Patty says:

    What chalk markers did you use for the chalkboard? Thanks in advance.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Patty!! I’ve used a variety of chalk markers. Anything from snagging some at a craft supply store, to the dollar spot at Target! I just make sure it’s a chalk marker, instead of a white paint pen! (They can look very similar some times!) I hope that helps! XO

      1. Patty says:

        Yes. Thank you so much.

  31. Mindy says:

    Just tried this and it worked great! Thanks!

    1. Jessica says:

      Excellent! I’m so happy it worked for you! Thank you for letting me know! XO

  32. Christie says:

    This fix made my day! I had avoided the chalkboard I attached to my end cabinet for months because I was so very sad that the chalk markers wouldn’t come out. I was just about to order a new chalk board when I googled solutions and found you! Thank goodness for you!!! I ran to the stores and got a Magic Eraser and bam, it was gone! Now I’m excited to use my chalkboard again!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! This makes me so happy! Thank you for sharing!

  33. Michele says:

    I ruined 5 chalkboards for a baby shower, and your tip saved me! It definitely requires a lot of elbow grease!! I read my chalk marker instructions and it said only to be used on nonpourous surfaces and didn’t include chalkboards as an example. So read your marker carefully! I have other chalk markers that specifically include chalk boards and those worked great and wiped right off with a paper towel. Thank you for posting this solution!

    1. Kary Leach says:

      Thanks for sharing that tip! So glad this worked for you!

  34. Beth Hendrikse says:


    1. Kary Leach says:

      Absolutely! We hope you find it helpful!

  35. Gloria McDonnell says:

    Thank goodness I came across your article! Could not get the chalk marker off my board. With your advise and some elbow grease it was gone. Thank you so much!!! Very helpful!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yippee!!! I’m so happy that it worked for you too!!! Thank you for dropping a note letting us know it works too! XO

  36. Aysset Peralta says:

    Make up remover wipes works just great!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh you’re kidding!!? That’s so good to know! Thank you for sharing!

  37. Cherie says:

    I’m working on a board that’s fairly large and the person before me used the colored chalk markers (which are always a pain to get off) and I was dreading the thought of having to tape off the sides and spray paint it (and having to do so again in the future because even with the “chalk board spray paint” I’ve used previously, the chalk marker does not come off) and came across this post while searching for solutions. I didn’t have any vinegar handy so tried the magic eraser with glass cleaner and it worked SO PERFECTLY! Definitely saved me lots of time. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yaaaay!!! Another success story! Heck, it may just be that the magic erasers do the trick without vinegar! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!!

  38. Rebecca says:

    Hi Jessica, we just got a brand new board and markers. Do you recommend “priming” a chalkboard before using if we intend to only use markers? Thanks!

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Rebecca!
      Well, each board is so different. So I’m afraid to say yes or no… when I’m not really sure. I’ve always said if the chalkboard comes with instructions to prime it, then it’s probably a good idea too. I googled the brand of chalkboard that I have (after the fact) and read that I should have. So I would try searching the brand that you have, and see if anyone else has mentioned how priming is good/not necessary, etc! I wish I could help more, but with so many out there… it’s so hard to know for sure! XO

  39. Andre says:

    We just painted a wall with rustoleum chalkboard paint. Does this removal process take off the paint? how long till the wall is completely ruined?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Andre! I’m actually not sure how this would work on chalkboard paint. I’ve never tried it. I’m sorry!

  40. Eva says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this. It saved me in a pinch. I had tried everything as well to no avail before searching online. I was so relieved when your solution worked like a charm.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!!! That’s super exciting! I’m so happy that it worked for you!! Thank you for taking the time to drop a note to let us know too! XO

  41. Cathy says:

    Worked perfectly! Soap and water wouldn’t remove chalk marker. Distilled white vinegar and the magic sponge and hardly any scrubbing removed it perfectly. I dried the board with a towel and tested out regular chalk afterwards. Chalk applied and removed with ease. This was a great money saving tip worthy of a Pin! Here’s the before and after pics:

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!! I love hearing when this works!! Thank you so much for coming by and sharing that it did! XO

    2. Erin says:

      Was this with a chalk marker on chalkboard paint?

  42. Sheila says:

    I borrowed, yes, borrowed a chalkboard from a NEW friend!! I was panicking because I couldn’t get the chalk marker off. My husband said, ” did you google it?” Your blog was the first thing that popped up and thankfully it worked in seconds!! Thanks for this hack, and saving me the embarrassment of fessing up to my new friend!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Aww!!! Yay I’m so excited that this worked for you! Thank you so much for letting me know. I always love hearing success stories. 🙂

  43. Susan Tenuta says:

    I purchased a cheap little board from Target that was a Happy Birthday board with colored balloons to fill in for age, likes, dislikes etc… I tried the vinegar and magic eraser, but there was still residue. I tried toothpaste …just a dab on the magic eraser and voila! Clean as a whistle and no removal of the painted balloons or black chalkboard. Thanks for posting, I don’t know why I tried the toothpaste except when my 3 year old granddaughter opened paint and it stained her little hands, I didn’t want to her skin, so I tried toothpaste and after she rubbed her hands together a couple of times…it was all off.

    1. Jessica says:

      This is so awesome to know about the toothpaste! I’m going to keep that in mind for when my boys have paint on their hands too! 🙂 Thank you!

  44. Bridget S says:

    I just read your ideas about vinegar & the magic eraser, and btw…. I LOVE your chalkboard idea for the front hallway!! I might have to copy if that’s okay! I’m struggling to get the chalk marker off these mini decorative boards from my daughter’s Madeline birthday party, and can’t seem to find our magic eraser. Vinegar alone isn’t working even with the usual go-to of baking soda and TTO. So…. I just said, “what the heck, I’ll try the can of Lysol.” And to my amazement the marker literally disappeared!! So maybe give your elbow and shoulder a rest next time and reach for the can of Lysol! I hope it cleans up just as easily for you as it just did for me! Thanks again for your cute blog

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh that’s SOOO exciting and good to know! Thank you so much for sharing!
      And of course I don’t mind… Copy away!!! 🙂
      You’re so sweet to say such nice things. Thank you so much!

  45. Yory F says:

    OMG thank you thank you thank you. We had tried everything for weeks. Magic eraser and apple cider vinegar for the win. = )

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!!! I’m so happy that it worked for you too! 🙂 Thank you for letting me know!

  46. Ashley says:

    Thanks so much! This saved our chalkboard. We had to go the vinegar and magic eraser route but it finally came off!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay! So happy that it worked for you!! Thanks so much for letting me know!

  47. Kim says:

    IT WORKED!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! It removed hints of a Thanksgiving turkey, snowflakes, valentine’s day hearts, Easter eggs, and more…as you can see I’ve had a hard time erasing this board for a while 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Haha!!! Yay! I’m so happy to hear that it worked for you too!! Thank you for dropping a note to let us know!

  48. Ellen Chaston says:

    I have a chalkboard that I used Little Billy Goat paint sealer on to prevent my chalk from “shadowing”… well that didn’t help. I wonder if the vinegar and magic eraser will remove the sealer. I guess if it removes the “shadowing” it doesn’t really matter, now does it..LOL…..

    I’m gonna try this….!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh no! I’m curious to hear how it goes for you!! If you remember to come back, please let me know! 🙂

  49. Angela Murray says:

    Wow I am super duper excited!! Thank you Jessica for this awesome tip! I’ve actually had the cutest chalk board for over 2 years with writing on it from my Son’s wedding and thought for sure it couldn’t be saved now that I went to try and just “see what would happen” with your solution and…wallah….I can write on it all over again for my other Son’s wedding this weekend! So glad I stumbled upon your tip! Thank you so much!🎊💡🎉

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww!!!! What perfect timing and such a neat thing!! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and let us know it worked!! Yay! Have so much fun this weekend at your sons wedding! XO

  50. Teresa says:

    You saved the first day of school! I always write on a chalkboard the first day of whatever grade it is and I forgot to erase it last year and it wouldn’t come off! I was panicking! Found this page via Google and this worked perfectly!! Thank you so much!

    1. Jessica says:

      Eeeeeek! So happy to hear this. Thank you so much for also letting me know how you found it. I always so enjoy hearing how you stumble upon it! XOXO

  51. Katie Williams says:

    Thank you for sharing this!!! Scrubbed for an hour or so using other products then tried this and it immediately worked. Whew! Thanks again!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yippee! I’m so happy it worked for you! Thank you so much for letting us know. XO

  52. Mary says:

    Success, thank you so much for your suggestion of vinegar and magic eraser. It worked!! I do have a little residual markings so I think I’ll try a little toothpaste too as one person replied.
    Thank you for saving me added frustration and disappointment!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good! So happy to help! Hope the rest comes off for you!

  53. Leslie says:

    You’re a life saver! Thank you so much! I tried a few things and thought I’d have to throw out the board I used for my daughter’s first day of school. This worked great and didn’t require too much effort. Thank you again!! xozo

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!!! I’m so happy that it worked for you! Thank you for letting me know too! 🙂 XO

  54. Jen says:

    I tried everything… I was desperate. A Chalkboard paint marker ruined my chalkboard and I needed this for my grandfather’s 93rd birthday. Your tip saved my board thank you so much for posting it !!! It looks better than new !!! Thank you!

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww!!! This is excellent! I’m so happy that it worked for you! Thank you for sharing that it did!! XO

  55. maggie says:

    Oh thanks so much!!! This worked on my chalkboard!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay! I’m so glad it worked for you! Thank you for letting me know!

  56. Christine says:

    Thanks so much for this tip! I used my chalk markers on a chalkboard at work, and I was getting really nervous about it not coming off when I need it to. Pumpkin spiced lattes are for a limited time after all. 😉

    Sure hope this works for me when it comes time to erase it!

    1. Jessica says:

      Ah! I’m so glad that you found this blog post then! I hope it works for you too. LOL… you’re right! Pretty soon it will be peppermint lattes soon! 😉 Thank you for leaving a note!

  57. Alliana says:

    Omg thank you sooooooooo much. I use my chalkboard to updated my baby’s month to month. I couldn’t get it to come off from last month I was so disappointment. This method worked wonderfully.

    1. Jessica says:

      Excellent!! I’m so happy that it worked for you! Thank you for taking a minute to let me know!! 🙂 XO

  58. Jan says:

    Thanks so much for this tip! I thought my chalkboard was going to say Happy Halloween forever. The vinegar and Magic Eraser worked like a charm!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! I’m so glad that it worked for you!! Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

  59. Marcia says:

    I would love to know what kind of chalk markers everyone prefers?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Marcia! That’s a great question! For me, my favorite is this brand: (affiliate link) —>
      It has a point tip on it, so sometimes (depending on the design I’m doing) I may prefer an angled tip. But the only angled tip chalk marker I’ve used, is from the Target Dollar Spot. Lol! I really do like those too! I’m sure there are other good ones out there, but those are my favorites! I hope that helps!

  60. Vanessa says:

    HI, I am very glad I found this tip. It worked better than anything else I used. I thought I would have to repaint but there is only a very light shadow left so I can now get away with it. Thank you.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good! I’m so happy that you found it, and it worked for you too! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  61. Megan Joseph says:

    Thank you for your inspiration. I didn’t have a magic eraser but it made me think of baking soda so I used a wet kitchen sponge with water squeezed out and lots of baking soda and I scrubbed really hard like you said and it came out. It’s a bummer it doesn’t just wipe away 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Megan! I’m so glad that you found something that works! YES!! I so wish it just wiped away too. It would be so much easier!!! 🙂 Thank you for dropping a note to let me know!

  62. Daniela says:

    you are a genius! THANK YOU!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!!!! Definitely not a genius… just lucky! Lol! You’re so welcome!

  63. Katie says:

    I found this post tonight after being so frustrated. This worked like a charm. I’m so grateful! Thanks.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good Katie! I’m so glad it worked for you!! Thank you for letting me know!

  64. Cynthia says:

    It worked perfectly! A bit of good scrubbing and good as new. Thank you so much for the help and details. I appreciate it greatly.

    Happy holidays !

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good! So glad it worked for you too!!! Thank you for letting me know! Happy holidays to you too!

  65. Minette Martin says:

    WOW! IT REALLY WORKS! I can’t thank you enough!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh I’m so glad that it worked for you!! It’s so exciting when it finally comes off! Lol! Thank you for sharing!

  66. Robin says:

    THANK YOU!! I actually did “prime” my chalkboard, but those darn chalk markers – some colors leave a ghost shadow, others (yellow in particular) basically turn white and barely come off. Grabbed a magic eraser and some white vinegar – didn’t even have to scrub! It all just wiped right off! Thanks a million!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Woo hoo!! I’m so glad it worked for you!! Thank you for letting me know too!

  67. K says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I have 2 chalkboards I use all the time. I used some new chalk markers & could’nt clean them off until I tried your trick! Worked great!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!!! I”m so glad that it worked for you too! This makes my day! 🙂 Thank you for letting me know!

  68. Jamie says:

    We painted one of our doors in the kitchen with chalkboard paint to keep grocerie lists etc. Love it – but thought I was going to have to repaint because the chalk markers left ghost writing! Tried this and it worked like a charm!! Thank you so much!!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Heck yes! I’m so glad that it worked for you on this! What a big project that would have been to repaint! Yay! Thank you for letting me know!

  69. Ashley Ireton says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It was a lot of scrubbing but it worked!!! I was hopeless and Thought my huge $200 Etsy wall calander was ruined.

    1. Jessica says:

      Eeeeeek!!!! Yay! I’m so glad it worked for you!!! Thank you for letting me know! 🙂 XO

  70. Jessica says:

    I am so glad I found this post! It worked great on my massive chalkboard that I needed to redo for a cafe. Thank you!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good! I’m so glad that it worked for you too!! Thank you for letting me know!

  71. Emmy K Shrivastava says:

    Hi Jessica,
    Would apple cider vinegar work in place of the distilled white vinegar?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Emmy! You know, I’ve never tried it! I’m sorry! If you do decide to use it, I’d test a small area first just in case!

  72. Martina says:

    I purchase a chalkboard from Restauration Hardware as well. Same problem as you described. Very frustrating. Tried many things and nothing worked :-(. I can’t wait to try your solution. Thank you!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh I hope it works for you too!!

  73. Mary says:

    Oh my goodness! You are genius and I love you! Thank you so much for this tip!

    1. Jessica says:

      Haha!!! You’re so welcome! I’m so glad that it worked for you! 🙂 XO

  74. av says:

    thank you sososo much. sadly mine still left the shadow as I did not have the magic eraser, but the vinegar I would never have thought of that. Thanks a million

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw, well if you get your hands on a magic eraser at some point, maybe you can give it another go! 🙂 Thank you for coming by!

  75. Charlotte Stead says:

    Oh my goodness this totally SAVED my chalkboard! I bought some chalkboard markers a couple months back and decided the vibrant colors would be perfect for decorating my chalkboard for Easter. It turned out super cute but when I went to scrub it away, much to my dismay, none of it wanted to come off! I was able (after scrubbing with soapy water for about 30 mins) to take all but the pink and orange down to just the “ghostly outline.” I tried hot soapy water, cold soapy water, and 409 and NOTHING! I got online and found this and IT WORKED!!! My chalkboard is completely clean! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea!!! You saved my chalkboard for many more fun decorating days to come!

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw! I’m so glad that it worked for you too Charlotte! Thank you for taking the time to let me know!

  76. Jackie says:

    Thank you so much. With the help of a designer friend I ordered a huge black board for my new home 4 years ago and immediately ruined it with chalk markers! That same friend just found your clever cure on Pinterest and forwarded it to me and my board is finally clean! Thank you for saving my huge investment!

    Also, the bigger the board the bigger the mess. I would recommend laying towels below to catch drips and wearing rubber gloves to save your mani!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!! I’m so glad your friend found it on Pinterest for you! I LOVE your extra tips for this too. I couldn’t agree more!

  77. Tammie says:

    I have small cheap chalkboard signs I use for birthdays and 1st days of school. The chalk markers wipe off well within the hour but after 12 hours it barely comes off at all. I used the magic eraser with straight rubbing alcohol and it wiped off easily without scrubbing or soaking! I left the alcohol sitting while I looked up solutions and since the soak didn’t work I got the magic eraser and wiped it right off. I flipped it (double sided) and did the other side with only a spray, not a soak. Amazed! Completely clean.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! I’m so glad that it came off of you with that! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  78. G says:

    I bought a used Ikea kid’s easel. the chalkboard side had small scribbles- came right off thanks to your advise!!! : ) Looks totally brand new. THANK YOU< THANK YOU!

    1. Jessica says:

      You’re so welcome! Thank YOU for letting me know!!

  79. Angela says:

    This worked for me! I was so stressed and thought I ruined a new chalkboard and I should have treated mine first too 🙁 Thanks for the info!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yippee! I’m so glad that it worked for you too!!! Thank you for letting us know!

  80. Kay says:

    Do you think this will work to get leftover speckles from liquid chalk marker off? I have all these dots on my chalkboard that won’t budge.

    1. Jessica says:

      It could! I used liquid chalk marker on mine and that’s what worked for it! You may want to test a small area first though, just in case! 🙂

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