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Removing Permanent Marker from Clothing

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Permanent Marker
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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By 4 found this helpful
June 22, 2008

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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By guest (Guest Post)
September 15, 20080 found this helpful
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I've just tried it on my pricey raincoat made of 100% polyamide. It worked pretty good. I can barely see the stain now. Half way through, I started to spray on both sides of the fabric. The only drawback is that it had took me almost an hour to accomplish this.

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August 2, 20130 found this helpful
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I tried hairspray on permanent market on my white linen trousers and nothing. Used stain devil and nothing or with acetone. Tried bleach and it slowly faded away took about 10 minutes. Kept and eye on it as I didn't want it turning yellow on the off chance I forgot they were soaking.

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October 26, 20160 found this helpful
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Try isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol. The reason the hairspray or hand sanitizer sometimes works for removing ink is because of the alcohol content.

I was able to get a name written in black Sharpie off of a school backpack with rubbing alcohol. It took some time and the alcohol did take off some of the backpack's original color. Good luck!

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June 22, 20170 found this helpful

You may be able to remove permanent marker from your nylon jacket with the right products and process. This is a guide about permanent marker stain on a nylon jacket.

Blue Nylon Jacket

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June 7, 20170 found this helpful

Permanent marker is called that because it is difficult to remove. Once it has gotten onto clothing which is subsequently dried the task of removing it becomes more difficult, but not always impossible. This is a guide about removing permanent marker from dried clothing.

Black Permanent Marker

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By 1 found this helpful
July 25, 2011

Is there any way I can get permanent marker out of a top?

By mjor adams

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July 27, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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April 4, 20170 found this helpful

Actually, spraying bees or wasps doesn't kill them, it causes their legs and wings to stiffen (like hair does) and they die a slow death. Please don't do this to bees. Please!

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By 0 found this helpful
October 31, 2007

How can I remove Sharpie Laundry Marker from a gray sweatshirt?

Nanc

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November 1, 20070 found this helpful

Try spraying some hair spray on it. Then rinse with cold water. If still there repeat process. Also, my favorite laundry spot remover is ZOUT. It is about $3.00 for a smallish bottle, so I save it for the worst stains, but with ink I still go with hairspray first. If you are not worried about a tiny bit of fading, you can also try denatured alchohol, available at the pharmacy counter in most drug stores. Good luck! (Also, look on Sharpie's web-site. They may have tips as well.)

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November 2, 20070 found this helpful

Pour rubbing alcohol directly over the spot. Pour it over a bowl so you can reuse it if needed. Good Luck.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 22, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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Anonymous
January 2, 20160 found this helpful

Use soap and water I did and it came out

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Anonymous
October 19, 20160 found this helpful

So funny !!

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April 29, 20120 found this helpful

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

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April 30, 20120 found this helpful

Rubbing alcohol. Place a washcloth under the fabric and saturate the stain with alcohol, using another washcloth to blot the stain. If the alcohol dries before the stain is gone, pour on more alcohol and blot again.

Keep doing this - it should remove the marker stain completely.I just did this with a skirt of my granddaughter's that was dried in the dryer with an ink pen.

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April 30, 20120 found this helpful

Oxyclean does wonders for me.

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March 12, 20170 found this helpful

Use cold water and Dawn dish detergent. Get that shirt or whatever off immediately get wet first Then put Dawn on it and scrub with the tips of your finger in the direction of the mark and then in a circular motion. I just now did it and it came right out! My it-shirt was 60% Cotton and 40% polyester. Hope it works for you. I am quite amazed right now. Very cool. Good luck!!

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March 12, 20170 found this helpful

Shoot, if you already dried it in the dryer it is permanently sealed and may never come out. Good luck to you.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 2, 2017

My granddaughter has drawn black marker pen on her swimsuit. It is stretchy material. How can I get the marks off?
Thank you for your help.

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

Work a little alcohol-based hand sanitizer into the stain, then wash.

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

How do you get Sharpie or permanent marker off colored clothes?

By Mary-Margaret

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

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!

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By 0 found this helpful
April 19, 2011

How do you remove permanent marker from clothing?

By Maché from South Africa

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June 17, 20111 found this helpful

Here are different strategies to try:

Nail Polish Remover

Hairspray

Rubbing Alcohol

Gel based commercial stain removers

Stain Sticks

Baking Soda Toothpaste Paste not gel

Wash garment using cold water no laundry detergent and a cup of salt.

W D 40

Vinegar

Soak in lemon juice for an hour and then launder

Hope at least one of these helps!

Robyn

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By 0 found this helpful
November 28, 2009

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

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December 6, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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March 8, 20150 found this helpful

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?

By b.f

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February 10, 20150 found this helpful

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

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By 0 found this helpful
March 16, 2014

How do you get markers off of clothes and shoes?

By Becky C.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 1, 2014

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?

By John

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By 0 found this helpful
November 3, 2013

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.

By Caroline

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April 20, 20130 found this helpful

What kind of hairspray do I use? Does it have to be aerosol hair spray?

By Jo Ann

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October 13, 20120 found this helpful

How do I remove a marker stain from my 97% cotton and 3% spandex skirt?

By Jackie C.

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May 24, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

How can I remove black permanent maker from a cotton shirt?

By Ester from South Africa

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Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

Pour normal milk over it and rub; the ink will come out. Then rinse and wash. (03/29/2011)

By martilize

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February 10, 20110 found this helpful

How do I get a black permanent marker off a white cotton t-shirt?

By Ellen from L.A. CA

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Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

Um well, use some Oxi Clean.
:) (12/24/2010)

By jc penny

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December 23, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove a Sharpie permanent marker stain from a cotton/poly shirt?

By Cas from Chicago, IL

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Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

Try saturating the stain with aerosol hair spray (not a pump), let it set for a few minutes then blot. I know it works on walls, not sure about clothing. If that doesn't work try a cleaner called "Spray Power". I buy it at Walmart (in aisle with multi surface cleaners like Windex) for about $2 and I use it on just about everything, especially clothes. I hope it helps! (09/27/2010)

By lggroen

Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

Tonight my son got about 15 good size permanent blue marker spots on his brand new Karate Gi. So, I tried the shout (nothing, tried the hair spray (nothing), acetone (came out a little), so when I was looking under the sink I found Clorox toilet bowl cleaner and soaked it for a few minutes then washed it and now, it's gone! No sign of it at all! Thanks for your help everyone! (10/05/2010)

By j9hans

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove a Sharpie pen stain on a white cotton mix with polyester.

By Jhay from Anaheim

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove permanent marker from 64% cotton 36% polyester?

By Pam Rape from Monroe, NC

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Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

Spray Mean Green on it then put it in the washing machine and then pour a 1/2 cup of Mean Green directly in the washer and turn it on (06/04/2010)

By terri_bug123

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June 3, 20100 found this helpful

My favorite pair of jeans has permanent marker on them, it's a huge line from mid thigh to my knee. My dad, not remembering they had marker on them, washed them. Is there anything I can do to save them?

By Emily from Atlanta, GA

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Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

I know for certain that hand sanitizer gel gets rid of permanent marker on CDs and skin, so it might do the trick here. Try dabbing some on with a cotton ball to soak up the marker stain then wash as usual. Rubbing alcohol is worth trying if that doesn't work. Good luck to you. (02/28/2010)

By Monique63

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February 25, 20100 found this helpful

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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

I drew a red line with a permanent marker on a wool cap by mistake, how can I remove it safely?

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November 24, 20090 found this helpful

How do I remove black Sharpie permanent marker from a medium blue 100% polyester shirt?

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

I got a few spots of black permanent marker on my blue school uniform. It is a cotton blend material. How can I get it out?

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April 14, 20090 found this helpful

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December 23, 20080 found this helpful

How can I remove black permanent marker from my son's bright green shirt?

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November 13, 20080 found this helpful

How do I get what appears to be purple permanent marker out of a neon green sweatshirt jacket?

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October 15, 20080 found this helpful

How do I remove black permanent marker from a blue cotton dress?

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September 20, 20060 found this helpful

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June 30, 20050 found this helpful

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