Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

I have a two year old little boy that decided to express his artistic abilities with a blue Sharpie Marker. He expressed himself all over my walls, my doors, and himself. I have read the suggestions for walls and furniture, but have not seen any for getting it off of your kids.

Please help before someone nicknames him Smurf.

Michelle from Tennessee

Answers:

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Hand sanitizer/sunblock/toothpaste all worked on me.(11/07/2007)

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By Pflails

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

My five year old daughter just made a mask using a black marker all over her face. OK, after a major panic, I got on here to find help in removing it. I used baby oil and some of it came off. While on here, my daughter grabbed baby wipes and took all of it off. She just came into the room and said, "Mommy, don't panic it's gone." I looked and there is no trace of magic marker. She is so smart. Hope this works for you. (11/10/2007)

By Dana

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

This works great and will not harm the skin. Get some hair color stain remover. They sell it at Sally's Beauty Supply. There is one called "Roux Clean Touch" works great. (11/18/2007)

By Sue

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

If you use perfume, a lot of it comes off with no scrubbing at all. (01/28/2008)

By Tara

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Our 9 year old came home with both hands full of Sharpie. Tried all of the above and then wife used hair spray. Hair spray finally got it off. (02/04/2008)

By Papa

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

First use round of warm water and soap. Next use cotton balls and alcohol. And last follow up with (no joke) a squirt or two to the worst parts with WD-40 (02/14/2008)

By ahhhhh

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

If you put rubbing alcohol on it, then it comes off. His skin may be a little red because of the harshness of the stuff but it comes off in like 15 minutes, if he gets it on hair it comes out w/ soap and water. (03/07/2008)

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

I don't think this will work for anyone else, but my very neat, clean 13 year old used his saliva to get blue permanent marker off of his 2 year old sister's forehead. Weird! (03/10/2008)

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By Heahter

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

We used a generic dishwashing liquid. The ink came off easily with gentle rubbing. Just make sure to rinse all the soap off the kid afterward. (04/12/2008)

By Tim - Loganville, GA

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Head and Shoulders shampoo worked last night on my 2 year old when all else failed. Just be careful around the eyes. (04/23/2008)

By Barbara

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

My boyfriend wrote all over my legs in a black Sharpie! I went home that day and tried toothpaste, it didn't work, Nail Polish Remover helped a little, perfume was another no, and soap and water helped a little! So I got out a bottle of Mean Green! I had to scrub a little then get in the shower but it worked perfectly! (05/09/2008)

By TODAM

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Germ-ex works, but if you put it on a child then wash immediately with soap. Germ-ex can kill the child.

Editor's Note: Any risk with hand sanitizers has to do with the alcohol content, which will quickly evaporate in air. Keep the bottle out of range of children, as with any cleaning product. (05/13/2008)

By Brittany

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

I used tea tree oil last night. I put water on a cotton swap, added a few drops of tea tree oil, and Sharpie wiped off easily with no irritation! I'm not sure if tea tree oil will irritate kids' skin. (05/19/2008)

By Pain

BEFORE YOU TRY ANYTHING

Please! Especially, if you have a child who has drawn on themselves: It only takes 2 seconds for them to cover themselves in marker! Be aware and prepared because anything can cause a reaction, including toothpaste! When I did my search, I saw don't use those, magic eraser things, they have oh, so many chemicals in them, please read warning labels. I've seen a chemical burn on a kid first hand from that.

But I figured toothpaste wouldn't have an effect as such. I now have a very traumatized two year old! Please, please remember to test a small area before cleaning an entire leg with toothpaste, or anything for that matter. (05/29/2008)

By Samantha

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Gentle and harmless: My 4 year old son used a black Sharpie all over his face and legs. I used a wet wash cloth and poured some "Burt's Bees Almond Oil" on the cloth, then gently washed his face and legs. It came off magically!

Beware of the tea tree oil, it must be diluted with another oil like olive or grape seed. Tea tree oil is very harsh and can irritate adult and children's skin. (06/20/2008)

By Cath

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

My niece decided to write all over my 15 year old's arm with a red Magic Marker. I used 2 Oxy Acne pads and it came right off without scrubbing. I was amazed. (07/04/2008)

By Mom of Twins

Removing Permanent Marker Off Skin

My 2 1/2 year old took permanent markers to his face (red, green, and yellow). Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil works very well. Just dab a little on a wet cotton ball or pad, and rub. It works great, and is less harsh on the skin than rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. (07/09/2008)

By Holly

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

I was looking around the house for any of the products mentioned, and having no luck at all. After my 2 year old daughter got a hold of Daddy's Sharpie, I grabbed the bottle of Neutrogena Black Head astringent, and it worked. I had the best results using Q tips and cotton swabs, paper towels didn't get it all off. I think the only "permanent ink" on human skin is Tattoo Ink! (07/12/2008)

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By William

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

My 3 year old, decided he wanted to look like Mr. Incredible, black raccoon eyes and various other parts of his body covered with black Sharpie. All I used was baby oil. It worked like magic! (07/14/2008)

By Anne from Cape Cod

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Baby oil works very well because the ink bonds to it. That should be your first bet, because it doesn't require scrubbing.

For the lady who said "Please don't use the Magic Erasers, they contain chemicals that are bad, and hurt you..."

No they don't contain chemicals that hurt you, unless you use them on yourself. All the chemicals are stable. But it is an Ultra Fine scrubber. It can get in between latex paint, and all sorts of things. It is not meant for skin, as it is SUPER abrasive. 1 minute of scrubbing hard with the Magic Eraser can take off all your skin. (08/02/2008)

By David

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

We saw a tip to use a banana. Amazing results in very little time! (08/27/2008)

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Use the spray kind of sunscreen. I used Bullfrog for Kids. Worked like it was made to remove Sharpie from fingernails. (09/04/2008)

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Just tried rubbing a little shaving cream on black Sharpie on my skin, wiped it off with a slightly damp cloth, then a small dab of toothpaste with whitener in it and wiped it off, worked like magic! There is nothing there. (09/18/2008)

By Sharpie mom

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Olive Oil works perfectly, too. Just had to remove red Sharpie off of my 2 year old's face, arms and hands. (10/03/2008)

By Tiffany

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

After reading all these posts I went and bought some Crisco cooking oil for my son as he wrote all over his legs with a dark green Sharpie marker. It came off instantly! Just use regular old cooking oil and it will come off! (10/06/2008)

By Bermuda

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Soap and water work! (10/17/2008)

By Willyjoeshow

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

I have been writing on myself a lot, I use 70% alcohol. (10/23/2008)

By Kori

Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

Dawn Power Dissolver took the ink off like magic. I also tried hand sanitizer, Goo Be Gone and Vaseline. The Power Dissolver really did the trick instantly. Thank goodness! (11/21/2008)

By Dawn

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