This marker is meant to be permanent, but sometimes you need to remove it. This guide is about removing permanent marker from clothing.
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As soon as possible, spray the mark liberally with hair-spray. Allow to sit for one minute then rinse in clear warm water. If some stain remains, repeat, until all stain is removed and then launder as usual. A friend of mine suggested this to me and it works great!
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Here are questions related to Removing Permanent Marker from Clothing.
How can I remove Sharpie Laundry Marker from a gray sweatshirt?
By ChEeRbAbi101 (Guest Post)02/22/2008
It's possible and inexpensive. all you have to do is clean it with paris hilton perfume. The stuff smells like sweat but it really cleans it and afterwards it smell like a new louis vuitton purse.
My blue permanent maker fell out of my hand in art class and it got on my 100% polyester top. I washed and dried it. Any ideas on how to get it out?
By Amari from Rochester
Oxyclean does wonders for me.
I have a jacket with a 100% polyurethane shell. The lining is 65% polyester, 35% cotton. The shell has black permanent marker on it. Someone signed my chest when I went to a concert and it rubbed off onto my jacket. Please help.
By Tina from NSW
By Bilbo 12/09/2010
We got permanent marker out of our carpet with baby wipes
My favorite green hollister shirt got tealish blue sharpie on it somehow. I was wondering if you knew how to get it off with out damaging the color of the shirt?
Aimee from Marysville, WA
By (Guest Post)06/21/2008
Try soaking the spot with hairspray and color safe bleach and then washing it. It might work sorry if it doesn't. Hairspray gets sharpie off walls so maybe it will. -halie
Is there any way I can get permanent marker out of a top?
By mjor adams
By connie leigh 07/27/2011
Try spraying with a cheep hair spray and blotting with a paper towel. Worth a try you can use the rest of the cheep hair spray to kill wasps and bees just spay it on them and it kills them.
How do you get Sharpie or permanent marker off colored clothes?
I got black marker ink out of a cotton/polyester comforter by coating the ink with Stain Stick first and then adding a coat of Spray 'n Wash. I washed it in a load by itself with my usual detergent. Good luck!
How do I remove blue Sharpie from 100% blue linen shirt?
By Michele Herbon 05/07/2011
Try using a Mr. Clean Magic eraser to dab at it. I've always found that OxyMagic (found at most stores) works wonders.
How do you remove permanent marker from clothing?
By Maché from South Africa
By Robyn Fed 06/17/2011
Here are different strategies to try:
Nail Polish Remover
Gel based commercial stain removers
Baking Soda Toothpaste Paste not gel
Wash garment using cold water no laundry detergent and a cup of salt.
W D 40
Soak in lemon juice for an hour and then launder
Hope at least one of these helps!
I accidentally washed and dried my nylon Columbia jacket with a permanent marker in the pocket. How do I get the blotches off my jacket?
By LeAnne from DeForest, WI
By lesley 02/13/2011
To remove Marker Ink.
You will need:
Nail Polish Remover
Soak a cotton ball with the remover.
Gently press it on the affected area, turning the ball & pressing it until the cotton ball is somewhat saturated with the marker ink. With a new cotton ball, repeat the processtwo more times, or until very little ink is left.
The apply a few drops of dishwash detergent (I find Dove works the best) to the area, rub in gently, & launder as you would normally do.
I believe you will find this will remove the marker ink. If it is a more stubborn ink mark, just repeat the process until you are satisfied.
Good Luck, Hedera :0)
I have 5 one inch letters on a 100% cotton blue shirt made with a Sharpie. I have already washed it and the Sharpie letters are still there. It was done with a black Sharpie. How do I take the letters out?
By sab7715 from Rock Hill, SC
Try lots of alcohol or hairspray. It may come out a bit at a time so several tries may be needed. Another product would be GoJo or waterless hand cleaner.
I got dark blue sharpie on my slate gray coat. The part of the coat that got the stain is cotton, and the inside of my coat is polyester and the coat itself is dry clean only. How do I get the stain out with out putting it in the washer?
By Lauren from Omaha, NE
By Barbara Pope 12/06/2009
Try a little alcohol. Alcohol breaks up inks. If you don't have that handy, try hairspray, as it has alcohol in it. Try it in a nonconspicuous place first just to make sure it would affect the color.
I got permanent marker on a sweatshirt that is 50% polyester and 50% cotton. I tried hairspray, but it didn't work. Any other suggestions?
I first used rubbing alcohol then I rinsed the warm water, nothing. Should I still try hairspray and rinse with warm water?
By Mary M
How do I remove ink from clothes that have already been washed and dried?
How do you get markers off of clothes and shoes?
By Becky C.
My favorite jacket has been drawn on with permanent marker and the stain has been there for months. Is there any way to remove dried permanent marker?
I am sorry to kick-start the thread again, but could do with some advice. I have a fully signed England shirt (in black permanent marker), which is great. Unfortunately at the top, it's signed "to all at XXX'', XXX being my work place. But I've been given it as a gift from management. Is there a way of removing the "to all at, etc." without removing any of the rest (signatures)? Thanks.
So last year I let a bunch of friends write on my pair of Vans with a Sharpie and stuff on them and around on the rubbery part. I wanna know what is the best way to take it off, or at least make it less noticeable?
By Allison E.
What kind of hairspray do I use? Does it have to be aerosol hair spray?
By Jo Ann
How do I remove a marker stain from my 97% cotton and 3% spandex skirt?
By Jackie C.
I bought some permanent markers at the 99 Cents store and they leaked on my best pair of shorts and the red ink is near the crotch. All of it came out, but it left a little red spot so please help! The shorts are dark green.
By Gianna C.
How do I get black permanent marker stains out of an orange 100% cotton t-shirt that has already been washed and then dried in the dryer?
By Marilyn M.
I've read all the great suggestions for removing permanent marker from clothing. But what if they have already been washed and dried before realizing the marker was in the wash? Nothing has worked and I'm afraid the stains have been heat set.
By Sally from St Louis, MO
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How do you get a sharpie permanent marker stain out of a 100% cotton polo shirt? Can anyone help?
By rcgrant16 at hotmail.com
For Plastic, Metal, Wood, Ceramics: Use "Mr Clean's Magic Eraser" (this works on even the oldest marker stains some older than 50 years)
For Clothes, Canvas, Clothing Tags: Use rubbing alcohol, and if it doesn't work use "Mineral Spirits". Miniral spirits is another alcohol, but poisonous, you can find it in the paint section of any hardware store, Don't confuse with paint thinner! Mineral Spirits will remove anything without damaging cloth as long as it isn't left on it for too long (01/15/2006)
By Pvt. Van Zyl
How do I get permanent marker off clothing?
Cmuu from ID
I squirted the material with rubbing alcohol, saturating it. Then with an old toothbrush, I scrubbed my heart away. I didnt test it, it was ruined anyways. Then squirted it with hairspray. Then scrubbed with Dove soap and now soaking it in water. Its gone! Amazing! thanks! (08/11/2006)
By Sarah from Tennessee