How to Fix a Dry Highlighter

Written by kenneth coppens
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Fix a Dry Highlighter
Dried highlighters can often be fixed. (Three highlighter marker pens. image by Egor Tkachenko from Fotolia.com)

Highlighters are generally used to mark important information in documents and books. The bright ink in highlighters is translucent but extremely visible due to its neon pigmentation. Highlighter ink is water-based, so it can dry out if the highlighter is left sitting without a cap. When this happens, they can often be fixed with the addition of more liquid. As long as there is still ink in the highlighter barrel, it takes as little as a minute to get the highlighter in working order.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towel

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill the cap of a rubbing alcohol bottle with rubbing alcohol.

  2. 2

    Submerge the tip of the highlighter in the rubbing alcohol cap for no more than five seconds.

  3. 3

    Hold the highlighter with the tip pointed up to let the rubbing alcohol seep through the pad and loosen and dried material.

  4. 4

    Flip the highlighter over so the tip faces down. Hold the tip against two layers of paper towels for 30 seconds to soak up any excess liquid.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process if it doesn't work the first time.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have rubbing alcohol, warm water may work as well.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.