Keeping It Clean

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  1. iteachbx

    iteachbx Enthusiast

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    Since we're on the topic of pencils and pencil sharpeners I have a burning question....how do you keep the area around your sharpener clean?

    Because of a lack of outlets in my classroom I have to keep my electric sharpeners on the table where my computers and printers are. But they get so dirty! The gross pencil shavings end up getting on the bottom of the sharpeners and then they make marks all over the table. The pencil shavings always seem to be everywhere even if I'm the one that empties them into the garbage. Once the bottom of the sharpeners seem to be dirty they are impossible to clean and it feels like even if I clean the table everyday it still has pencil marks ALL over it. Suggestions?
     
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  3. ~mrs.m~

    ~mrs.m~ Comrade

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    I like to keep it in a box of some sort...or the lid of a box. It helps.
     
  4. leighbball

    leighbball Virtuoso

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    I'll have to try that, mrs.m! I have a dust buster and lots of clorox wipes in my room. :)
     
  5. jwteacher

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    I use a baby wipe every few days to scrub off the pencil residue. It does the job.
     
  6. GoldenPoppy

    GoldenPoppy Habitué

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    Mine is on a small tray with a raised edge...it helps to keep the shavings contained.

    The tray, shelf, and sharpener all get wiped down at the end of the day with a baby wipe.
     
  7. Pisces_Fish

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    I just thought of this - what about a cheap dollar store drip pan, like the one that goes under a strainer? I might just try that!
     
  8. Ima Teacher

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    I sit mine on a plastic placemat. Every few days I pick it up, dump it in the trash, and clean it off with a baby wipe.
     
  9. pwhatley

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    Love the placemat idea - I can even find one with a fleur-de-lis to match my Saints theme!
     
  10. mopar

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    I use a plastic placemat as well. It works well.
     

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