Party Prep – Cleaning House & Operation: Marker Rescue

I’ve decided that I’m going to either sweep up messes as soon as they’re made, or just not sweep again until Saturday morning because I’ve discovered J2’s special talent, he can make crumbs out of anything.

He’s eating cookies, I expect crumbs; he’s eating a sandwich, again I expect crumbs. He’s eating tomatoes, hotdogs, grapes, I don’t expect crumbs, and yet somehow there they are!

The constant crumb trail means that I’m going to leave the Swiffering until Saturday morning, so that’s one thing off my plate for the rest of the week. 

Job #2 for today was to clean up J2’s coloring area and sort his markers. 

After throwing out the trashy paper.


I ordered some nappies from amazon a few months ago and I expected them to come just as they were, but with an address label on. Instead they turned up together in this huge box, that I had to pick up from the main office of our apartment complex and transport home, and it was the solution to a problem I’d had for a few weeks. 

I needed a place that J2 could color where I wouldn’t be too concerned about our deposit.

I used a box cutter to take off the flaps, then carved a rounded entryway to make it look slightly more than just a box with a hole cut in the side. 

As you can see from the photos above, there is crayon and marker all over that box, but none on the walls around it!

So, I used the tried and tested method of scribbling on a piece of paper to check the markers, and I found five that were drying up. 


One of them is a Color Wonder marker, so I needed the special paper to test it out. 

When I was younger we would lick the marker to get it work for a few seconds, bleurgh, goodness knows what they were made of back then. 

Not wanting to do that, I checked out Pinterest, my ‘go-to’ for ‘How-Tos’, which told me that rubbing alcohol was the answer.

I needed to dip the markers in rubbing alcohol until just a bit of ink seeped out, then leave them for an hour with the cap on. So, I gathered my supplies and I was ready to go. 

After soaking them, I ended up leaving the markers with their caps on for a lot longer than necessary, the end of nap time coincided with the last cap being replaced.
Sadly, I was disappointed when I eventually got around to seeing the results. 


Although there is a definite improvement in the regular markers, they faded quickly and needed a ‘rest’ before coloring again. 

It is hard to see, but the Color Wonder marker actually got worse, to the point where I threw it away. It didn’t color anymore and even started taking the black ink off of the page. Obviously the special ink they use wasn’t compatible with the rubbing alcohol. 

In conclusion, if you’re using a particular marker for a project and it dries up, this method is good for a quick fix, until you can replace it. Or, it’s fine to make your kids markers last a little bit longer.

Have you tried a different method for rescuing dried up markers?

Until next time,

Laura x

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J2 just ‘shushed’ me!

It’s 1:20am, he gets out of bed, comes into our room and snuggles up with me. I notice that his diaper is a bit full so, better safe than sorry, I take him to change it before putting him back into bed. 

He fell asleep as soon as I put him on the change mat, but woke up again when that cold wipe went to work!

I carried him back to his room, put him in bed, pulled up his duvet, kissed him on the cheek, whispered goodnight and he put his hand on my head, pushed me away and said,

“Shhhhhh”

Little toot. 

Until next time,

Laura x