It’s been years since I’ve set eyes on my dry erase board.
It was littered with random thoughts for fiction story ideas – stories that I had to somehow document so I wouldn’t forget them (which I did).
When I got married last year and moved, it got stored in a dusty, warm attic. I found it a few weeks ago. I decided I wanted to use it again, but this time for a series of non-fiction books I’m working on. (Dry erase boards help me organize my thoughts, but that is a post for another time.)
The dry erase marker had been on there for years. I try to avoid cleaners and found some concerns with dry erase cleaner during an Internet search. I decided to try the old vinegar remedy. It works on (most) lime build up for our hard water. It should clean off some little ol’ dry erase marker, right?
Wrong. Oh so wrong. The vinegar barely made a dent on the marker streaks. Plus, it was a bit strong of a smell, since I used pure vinegar. (Seriously, pure vinegar didn’t do the trick! What is this stuff made of, anyway?!)
After searching for different ways to clean it, my eyes landed on my Young Living Premium Starter Kit. I started thinking about the various uses of lemon oil and wondered if it would work.
A few drops later, the dry erase board was CLEAN. I watch the oil cut right through the dry erase marker even before I used a soft cloth to wipe it off. And you know how there are always marks left behind – like the old triplicate paper that used to be used for bills and receipts? There are no residual marks. Nothing left but clean, white board (and a small scratch that appeared after we moved it to our new home).
And the smell. Oh. My. Word.
I love the smell of lemons and this just made my day a little brighter. Below is a before and after picture of the board, which hangs in my office with a new set of notes.