How to Clean Highlighters: High-grade highlighters make a great gift for any woman, but they can also be used in a variety of other ways, including your professional career. So how do you keep them clean?
Here’s a tip for keeping yours looking great and fresh!
The following article will reveal to you step-by-step detailed instructions on how to properly clean highlighters. And you’ll be back in business in no time!
So, what do you need?
Well, what you probably already have is an old (or new) highlighter, preferably one made by the manufacturer. Some highlighters come with little plastic “caps” where you can put your tips. Simply take the tip out, wash it with soap and water (use a commercial fabric cleaner recommended by the manufacturer or store), and put it back in the highlighters. Rinse it under warm running water, and you’ve just made a cleaning agent.
If you don’t have plastic caps…
If your highlighters aren’t plastic caps, you can use common household cleaners such as white vinegar or club soda. However, you should only use a small amount of each and always dilute the solution with water before applying it to your tip. Other tips suggest using a small amount of liquid fabric softener, or wool wash; however, if you’re going to attempt to scrub your tips, you’ll need something with a lot of strength. Test your strength by trying to tear apart a piece of fabric, and see what happens. If the strip bogs down, you might have a problem.
If you have a highlighter tip made of metal, you need to cut off the head of the screwdriver before you can begin. Using your craft knife, first, make a small hole in the middle of the screwdriver’s head, then insert the needle through. Be very careful of the needle as you don’t want to catch any ink with your fingers. Once you’ve located the head, twist the head counterclockwise until you loosen the screw.
After removing the head from the screwdriver, you can either clean out the ink with alcohol or lemon juice, or you can try a homemade mixture made from ink and baking soda. Either method is fine, but don’t use bleach or steel wool to clean the pen.
One more way
The second method of highlighters tip cleaning is a little more involved, but it also produces a finer result. You will need a good craft knife, a tapestry needle, water, and soap. Start by applying soap to the tapestry needle and gently rubbing the needle’s head against the tip of the highlighters for a few seconds to soften the glue.
Next, take the highlighters out of their packaging and carefully slide the package around the pen’s body until the glue dries on the plastic. Next, use your fingertips to gently grip both sides of the paper towel and pull the pliers back. This releases the ink from the tip of the highlighters onto the paper towel. This method works especially well if you haven’t cleaned the tip of the pen in a while.
Rinse the soap from the soapy water. Once this is done, use a clean damp cloth to wipe the pen down until all of the soap is removed.
If you have a lot of stray highlighters that don’t seem to go away no matter how often you try to remove them, you may want to consider using steel wool or other specialty tools to gently scrape them loose.
Once they’re all gone, store them in their original packaging, and always be careful with the soaps and other liquids. Your craft’s finish will last longer if you remember to keep them clean and clear!