Permanent Marker on Jeans

My son has a pair of toddler jeans that he got black permanent (Sharpie) marker on, and I've tried using rubbing alcohol and hairspray to get it out, but no luck! I just can't stand to throw these jeans out (I'm way too thrifty, or maybe just plain cheap! LOL), but the marks are very noticeable. Any suggestions on something that might work, or is it a lost cause?

Thanks for your help!
Evan's "mama" from Kenosha, WI

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Permanent Marker on Jeans

Tip: "Permanent Marker Stain Removal from Clothing"

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You can try to remove permanent marker stains by rinsing the stains with cold water until the water runs clear. Place the fabric on a paper towel, then saturate the stains with rubbing alcohol, using a cotton ball as a blotter. Change paper towels as necessary as it absorbs the color. Wash the garment in the hottest water possible for the fabric, adding bleach (color-safe for colored fabrics), then rinse in warm water. Unfortunately, permanent marker is called permanent for a reason and cannot always be removed.
(04/20/2006)

By mobo

Permanent Marker on Jeans

Try "Scrubbing Bubbles" I don't know about jeans, but it works when someone uses a permanent marker on an office white board.
(04/20/2006)

By mallie clark

Permanent Marker on Jeans

I'd use the stains to make a design -- how about train tracks running all over them and then paint a train on them near the bottom cuffs? Or a road/ cars or clouds/ airplanes or water/ boats. With a little imagination, you could have a pair of "boutique" jeans that sell on eBay for big bucks! (04/20/2006)

By Sueey

Permanent Marker on Jeans

Keep them as play pants if you can't get the marker out. (04/21/2006)

By Katmommy

Permanent Marker on Jeans

Buy a colorful patch, with his favorite cartoon character etc. and put it over the stain. One of a kind jeans especially made for him. (04/21/2006)

By Trina

Permanent Marker on Jeans

Try using something like RIT dye to dye the jeans they have dyes in jean color. (04/21/2006)

By patg

Permanent Marker on Jeans

You can used olive oil or coconut oil rub it on the jeans to soak in first them wash in warm soapy water. (04/22/2006)

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By Sheila

Permanent Marker on Jeans

Goof off works wonders with permanent marker stains even dried latex paint. Test it in a small area first. (04/25/2006)

By Lynsay

Permanent Marker on Jeans

Hi, I just did a search on how to get Sharpie out of fabric - my son just made a mark on my new furniture. I read that white toothpaste MIGHT work - I assume rub it in and put newspaper on the back to absorb the color that bleeds out. Will re-post if it works or not. (06/20/2006)

By Patty

Permanent Marker on Jeans

Try using rubbing alcohol. It doesn't work so well on black or orange, but awesome on red. Good luck! (11/12/2006)

By Julila

Permanent Marker on Jeans

You should try:

  • WD-40
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Cooking spray
  • Nail polish remover
  • Goof Off
(03/19/2007)

By Marissa

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