Thursday, March 5, 2009
So, I found out today online that marker plastic isn't recyclable. Jack loves markers, and he can take off the caps like a champ. However, even when he puts the cap back on, he doesn't push it hard enough to clamp it down. So, we end up with a lot of dry markers even though I try to rustle through them when he's done.
I put a question on Yahoo Answers today, and I got a great idea.
What I did was take a medicine dropper and placed drops of a vinegar/water solution (that was recommended) onto the markers. The cheapy markers have a bottom that will pop off, but I couldn't get the Crayola bottoms off no matter how hard I chewed.
I found that this worked fantastically. The Crayola markers actually have a little groove that vents out air. As you trickle water onto the marker pad, air bubbles escape. This keeps them from spilling all over your hands, and having to wait a few seconds every time to let the liquid soak in!
I am pretty sure I've at least heard of ink refills for markers. I'm definately going to have to look into that! No matter how much water you put in, a marker drained of all ink is going to leave no mark!