How to Store Dry-Erase Markers

If you’ve been noticing that your dry-erase markers run out quicker than you expected, it’s likely because you’re not storing them properly….making you store your markers the right way will therefore enable you to continue using them for longer.

One of the main factors involves the centrifugal force. Instead of choosing to store horizontally, the tip side should be facing downwards so that the permanent marker is in an upright position.

Continue reading below to get some ideas on how to achieve this and preserve your marker ink. 

Marker Case

A good quality dry-erase marker case enables you to store lots of whiteboard pens, as well as other office supplies. So, if you have a lot of equipment, you can store it and organize it all in a case. 

Using a case enables you to keep your dry-erase markers in an upright position so that the ink stays close to the tip. Furthermore, a marker case allows you to easily take your pens with you wherever you go. 

Marker Rack

Looking to store your whiteboard markers without taking up space? Setting up a marker rack could be your best option.

It hangs on the wall, which is great for using gravity to your advantage and keeping your pens tip side down to improve their life. People also find that marker racks make it easy for them to organize their supplies and access them. 

Zip Bag

A simple plastic zip bag can be effective for retaining the ink inside your whiteboard markers. This is because it keeps moisture inside and prevents air from penetrating. As a result, the markers aren’t as prone to drying out, as long as you make sure to cap the marker tightly. 

Storage Pocket

You can use a storage pocket for your markers that you can keep stored away in a file cabinet. These pockets come with sections so that you can organize all of your markers and ensure that you can continue using them to draw and write. 

Also read: How to Fix Dried-Out Prismacolor Markers


The storage methods mentioned above work well for alcohol-based markers, water-based markers, and oil-based markers. Hopefully, this post has left you with a better idea about the best ways to store your dry-erase markers with tips on how to improve their longevity. 


How long do dry-erase markers last?

This all comes down to how much you use them and how you store them. Storing them properly can prolong their lifespan considerably.

What should you do if your markers run out of ink?

There are several ways to revive marker ink that you can try before deciding to throw them out.

One of them is to pour rubbing alcohol into a bowl and remove the pen cap. Dip the tip into the solution. 

Leave it to soak until you see the ink leaking out. Wipe it on a paper towel and leave it to dry for a while before using it again. 

You can also use nail polish remover due to the acetone that it contains. Use a syringe to extract the solution and inject it into the marker tip slowly. Let the nib dry, and test out the pen by writing on paper or dry-erase boards.

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