As many times as I’d like to say that “As I kid, I always drew in the lines,” the truth is there was a time when I didn’t always. There are still Christmas decorations that my parents proudly put on our fake Christmas tree that are proof enough of my “outside-of-the-line” creative process as a child. I think that kids who “practice” coloring outside of the lines is one of the reasons that certain drawing tools are preferred over others. Usually, it’s much easier to clean up colored pencils or crayons than it is to clean up markers that have somehow mistakenly missed their target paper or board and end up on a shirt or the carpet. With the introduction of the new washable EXPO markers, there’s one less thing we have to worry about missing the mark!
If you use dry erase markers in your household – whether it’s writing notes to your loved one on the mirror or coloring on the glass shower door to make bath time fun, then you’re also familiar with the smell and the stains that dry erase markers can make. The Expo Washable markers address both of those problems because they are low odor and their ink easily washed from your hands and most washable fabrics. Available in six bold colors (pictured), Expo Washable markers are certified non-toxic, which makes them ideal for use at home when playing with or home-schooling the kids. I have to say that I love the vibrancy of the colors. You can’t tell so well from the picture here, but the pink, orange and yellow look practically fluorescent and are very bright.
I’ve reviewed and raved about EXPO markers before and I fully expected the EXPO Washable markers to perform similarly to the other markers (which they did.) Instead of writing another post with the same stuff, I thought I would put the “Washable” part to the test. I used the markers on three different surfaces and then washed them to see how well the EXPO Washable markers washed off.
First: My Hand. A regular EXPO Marker is on top and the EXPO Washable marker is below.
Conclusion: The EXPO Washable marker did wash off more easily. With some scrubbing, I could get the regular marker pretty close to gone too, though.
Second: A micro-suede pillow.
Conclusion: The EXPO Washable marker washed off completely when I spot cleaned the pillow with soap and water. Some scrubbing was required but all of the ink is gone.
Third: A sock (with paint blotches on it.)
Conclusion: The sock was thrown into a load of whites (no bleach.) The EXPO Washable markers didn’t wash off the sock completely. In fairness though, I had to go over the letters multiple times to make sure that the marker got onto the sock. I guess I’m saying that I really worked the ink into the sock for this one. I fully expect that on the next wash, the remnant ink will be gone.
Once again EXPO has come out with a great product that teaching or playing with the kids easier. If anyone makes a mess with the markers, simply wash! Of course the results may vary depending on the fabric or item that was colored on, but I can say that at least with skin, micro-suede, and cotton socks, the markers washed off (or will wash off) completely.
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free package of EXPO Washable Markers from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.