12 Teacher Cleaning Hacks That Really Work

Let’s make our classrooms squeaky clean!

Best Teacher Cleaning Hacks

It seems like there’s always something to clean in a classroom. Even with the most amazing custodians, you’re still left with marks, messes, and glitter. Oh yes, the dreaded glitter. 

Here are some of the best teacher cleaning hacks we could find. We even tested a few of them out ourselves in this video. 

1. Use dry-erase marker to lift away permanent marker. 

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It’s such an easy hack. Just trace over the area where there’s permanent marker with the dry-erase marker. Let it sit for a few seconds, and then wipe away clean. 

2. Use rubbing alcohol to remove old dry-erase marker. 

If your dry-erase board is looking like it’s seen better days, then try cleaning it with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. 

3. Use hand sanitizer to keep hands (and desks) clean. 

Hand sanitizer goes a long way in cleaning little hands—and in getting rid of unwanted marks on desks. 

4. Use sticky notes to clean in between the keys of your keyboard. 

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Fold the sticky note in half for added stability. Then just slide it between the keys to get rid of all the dust, crumbs, and things you wish you could unsee. 

5. Use sponges and a little elbow grease. 

This teacher just cut up those green scratchy sponges you see at the store and used them with a little bit of lemon cleaner. It definitely did the trick! 

6. Use the power of you to clean a chalkboard. 

You have to watch the video to truly understand. 

7. Use a squeegee to help make the chalkboard squeaky clean. 

After you clean the chalkboard in whatever method you choose, wipe it down with a squeegee. You can pick one up at the dollar store.

8. Use your students. 

Students will recognize that some of the cleaning supplies you use at school are the same ones they use when they do chores at home. Make maintaining the classroom a student job to keep up on the task and teach the value of lending a helping hand. 

9. Use a toothbrush to clean earbuds (and many other nooks and crannies). 

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Every teacher should have a toothbrush in the classroom. It’s great for all those hard-to-reach spots. 

10. Use a Magic Eraser to get rid of marker and crayon marks. 

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Anyone who has used a Magic Eraser knows that it’s a truly magical thing, lifting out the toughest strains.

11. Use a cleaning cabinet to keep your supplies nearby. 

Space is a precious thing in a classroom, but if you have cleaning supplies organized and ready to go, you’re more likely to use them! 

12. Use Play-Doh to get glitter out of carpet. 

Yes, it works really well. We tested it to make sure! 

What are your favorite teacher cleaning hacks? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE groupon Facebook. 

12 Teacher Cleaning Hacks That Really Work

Posted by Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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