Cleaning off pencil marks

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  1. TeachCafe

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    I'm trying to to spend any more money because over the years I've bought so much and have plenty.

    I just noticed that the supply caddies I used this past year have tons of pencil marks. :angry: I wish I had noticed before because I know which bugaboos it was and would have had them scrub it.
    I've seen pictures of people putting them in the dishwasher. Will that work?

    Or do I just need to scrub myself or buy new ones? I have 3 sets of caddies but 2 are kind of big for the desk spacing I have this year so they small, pencil graffiti ones are it.
     
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  3. Ima Teacher

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    I wipe pencil off with baby wipes.
     
  4. vickilyn

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    I'm going to create pencil holders thisyear out of plastic snack containers5covered with decorative duct tape. I can have varied sizes to fit in my room as needed.. Meant to do this last year, but got sidetracked. This summer's surgery has provided the time I need to catch up.
     
  5. nklauste

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    I have gotten things amazingly clean just by throwing them through the dishwasher! If it doesn't work, it will at least get off what it can and you can scrub off anything that remains.
     
  6. bella84

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    I put mine in the dishwasher, and the pencil marks are still there. :-(

    The good news for me is that my caddies are gray, so the pencil sorta blends in. It’s still visible though. Like you, I’m over spending money. So I’m just using them again anyway. I will use it as an opportunity to talk to my class about what happens when you’re not respectful of community property.
     
  7. CharRMS

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    Have you tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to get off the remaining marks?
     
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    I have not tried that, but it's a good idea. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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  10. CharRMS

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    That and Clorox wipes or Lysol cleaner! ;)
     
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    Sometimes the magic eraser work TOO good in the spot you're trying to clean. Then you have this really clean spot and the rest looks dingy. LOL
     
  12. futuremathsprof

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    I don’t know how you elementary teachers do it. Do you clean all the surfaces of your classrooms daily?!
     
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  13. Been There

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    What grade do you teach? You may be overlooking a ready resource. Have you considered having your students help to clean things in your room like they do in Japan? (Some great ideas can be found overseas.) It's best to starting training them early in the primary grades. Check this out! Here's a peek at what real teamwork looks like.
     
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  14. bella84

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    Pretty much. I’ve tried student jobs and assigning cleaning to kids, but they never do as good a job as I’d like. I still find myself cleaning up after them or getting on them to do their jobs better. They’re kids. Many of them try, some don’t. Some make things worse, intentionally or not, hence the pencil marks on the containers. It just is what it is. Part of the job.
     
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    I feel guilty for letting the janitorial staff clean up after me...
     
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    Our caretakers wash desks after lunch (students eat in the classrooms), sweep and mop the floors daily and empty the garbage. If there is other big cleaning that needs doing, they are happy to get to it if we ask. For daily stuff--wiping up spills, picking up trash off the floor, washing tables when they need it, I expect the students to do their part and I do mine. Caring for our environment falls on all of us who use it.
     
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    I used to cleàn desks with hand sanitizer. Took off everything.
     
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    I used to have my students wash their hands after coming back from recess and lunch. Helped to keep almost everything clean in my room, reduced the spread of germs on all surfaces and saved me the trouble of cleaning furniture every day - good prevocational work habits. Win-win!

    Suggestion to help reduce pencil marks: The table with no pencil marks gets to line up for lunch first. If no table has pencil marks the entire class gets to clean up early for lunch (by just two minutes). This works especially well with primary grades, but probably not for secondary!
     
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    Did you mean surfaces?
     
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    I find that 409 works really well on nearly everything. Clorox wipes like someone else suggested. Surprisingly WD-40 works wonders too. Or a solution of 1 part windex 1 part vinegar works well too.
     
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    Whoops, fixed. Thanks!
     
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    But, hand sanitizer can cause blindness if gotten in the eye, so I monitored its use by the kids very strictly.
     
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    They actually used good ol' soap and water at the sink in my room. They learned to stand in line patiently and all 20 had clean dry hands in less than 5 minutes. The black grime from dirty hands was a thing of the past! Remember, I'm opposed to spending my own money for work-related supplies.
     
  25. BioAngel

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    I've put my hard plastic caddies into the dishwasher. Turn off the heated drying portion of it in case it will be too hot and will melt the plastic (I kept opening up my dishwasher to make sure that wasn't happening).
     
  26. TeachCafe

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    I put them in the dishwasher then just a wet cloth got it off.

    But of course, I ended up using the otheer caddies I have. At least those are clean and they needed it because I had some extremely snotty 2nd graders and some 24/7 runny nose pickers.
     

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