Removing Permanent Marker From Clothes & More: Tips & Home Remedies
Below I've gathered tips and home remedies for removing permanent marker from clothes and your skin.
Everyone's got one or more Sharpies around their home, and even if you don't have young kids who it seem inevitably get their hands on them and make a mess, accidents are still bound to occur.
Whether the marks on your shirt or other clothing were made on purpose, or accident, doesn't really matter at the end of the day as you pull out your hair, trying to pretreat the stains before throwing them in the washing machine.
I'm not here to say all of these techniques listed below will work all the time, in every situation. Unfortunately, when the makers of these markers call them "permanent" they really mean it, so sometimes you're just going to have to make that shirt a rag.
But, there are often home remedies that can lighten or remove many of the marks, so before you give it up as a lost cause try some of the methods below.
While this page focuses on tips and home remedies, remember there are also ink stain remover products that may also help. You can read the ink spot remover reviews here that I've already collected if you're interested in going that route instead.
Further, I'm always looking for more ideas and tips, so if you've got a method you use successfully, please share it with me here and I'll add it to this page.
Scroll on down to see the tips and ideas already submitted!
2. I've also had some decent luck with high octane ethanol before, too (151 rum) - dissolves it and you have to wick it up right away with something or it spreads.
Thanks so much for the ideas. The rum ideas sounds like a waste of good alcohol though, to me, but perhaps it would be worth it to salvage a shirt.
You make a good point about needing to wick up the stain immediately after treatment though. I've had that problem before of spreading it, if I add too much or let it bleed through. You have to dab with the alcohol, not just saturate it!
So, does anyone else have some good tips or home remedies for removing permanent marker stains? If so, submit your tips here, or read others that have already been submitted for other surfaces, like hard surfaces, walls or wood.
Tip For Removing Permanent Marker From Your Hands Easily
by SR101 Reader
SR101 Reader says:
An easy way to get permanent marker off your hands is to use baby wipes, as long as you can wipe off the ink quickly.
If the ink dries it is much harder to remove, and requires more scrubbing, but it can still be done with the wipes.
However, if done immediately it is quick and painless!
Thanks so much for this tip. It is a really common problem to get these markers on your skin, and they can be difficult to remove, you're right. I like the idea of using such a readily available product, that many parents already have in their home.
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