Removing Permanent Marker from Clothing

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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June 22, 2008 Flag

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 Sparkles from Central, OH

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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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February 2, 2017 Flag

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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December 8, 2010 Flag

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

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November 13, 20160 found this helpful
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I found hairspray to be helpful in removing black perm marker..just tried it on my light gray sweatpants and it work gonna launder them now

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October 31, 2007 Flag

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

Nanc

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January 2, 20160 found this helpful

Use soap and water I did and it came out

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July 25, 2011 Flag

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 29, 2012 Flag

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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May 24, 2011 Flag

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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April 19, 2011 Flag

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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March 8, 2015 Flag

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, 2011 Flag

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

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

To remove Marker Ink.

You will need:

Nail Polish Remover

Cotton Balls

Dishwasher Detergent

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)

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February 10, 2015 Flag

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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November 28, 2009 Flag

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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April 16, 2014 Flag

How do I remove ink from clothes that have already been washed and dried?

By AR

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March 16, 2014 Flag

How do you get markers off of clothes and shoes?

By Becky C.

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February 1, 2014 Flag

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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November 3, 2013 Flag

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, 2013 Flag

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

By Jo Ann

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October 13, 2012 Flag

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

By Jackie C.

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May 24, 2012 Flag

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 1, 2012 Flag

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.

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April 24, 2011 Flag

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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April 24, 2011 Flag

How do I get permanent marker out of washed and dried clothes?

Meredith from NC

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Clothes Washed and Dried with Permanent Marker

Saturate the stain with hair spray and then wash as you normally would. You may have to wash it a few times with the hair spray, but it does remove the marker.

(11/28/2007)

By Karyn

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April 19, 2011 Flag

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, 2011 Flag

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, 2010 Flag

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)

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September 25, 2010 Flag

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, 2010 Flag

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)

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June 3, 2010 Flag

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)

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February 25, 2010 Flag

How do I remove a red marker stain from beige cotton slacks?

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January 21, 2010 Flag

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, 2009 Flag

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

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May 26, 2009 Flag

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, 2009 Flag

How do you get a permanent marker stain out of clothes?

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