Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from Fabric

Permanent marker is called "permanent" for a reason. It's very difficult to remove. While difficult to remove, there are some things you can try. This is a guide about removing permanent ink from fabric.

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Question: Removing Marker from Denim

By Angie 1

What can I use to get black marker out of denim fabric?

By Angie from Lumberton, NC

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By Laura 3 Flag

April 10, 2010

I have used Murphy's Oil Soap to get dry erase marker out of different clothing with some success.

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By Laura Brown 2 27 Flag

April 10, 2010

Try hairspray.

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Question: Removing Permanent Marker from Backpack

How do I get silver permanent marker off my red backpack? My little sister wrote her name all over it and I need to get this off ASAP!

By JoeyM.

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December 18, 2013 Flag

I have had good luck using straight isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. You may have to do it more than once to get all the black off and there is also a chance that it will take up the dye of the backpack, so test a section first.

Good luck!

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Question: Removing Sharpie from Fabric

By kitties120896 1

I have a black backpack with silver Sharpie permanent marker on it. I need the writing off of it before tomorrow. Any suggestions? I can't go buy a new backpack or anything at the store. I'm on a budget. Any ideas?

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By Jess 132 771 Flag

January 6, 2011

I have had good success getting black Sharpie off of a backpack with Rubbing Alcohol. I'm not sure how different the silver is from the black, but it would be a good place to start. Worst case, it might just lighten it.

Good Luck, let us know how it turned out.

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Question: Permanent Marker on Sweater

By Sandy Gerber 30 206

While using a Sharpie permanent marker, I got some on my sweater which is 65% polyester and 35% cotton. Any ideas on how to remove this stain?

Thanks,
garnetgirl9 from Stoughton, WI

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

April 13, 2006

Try spraying the ink spot with hair spray then rinse with cool water.

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Tip: Removing Marker from Fabric Coach Purse

By ashleypink 1

I got a marker stain on my Coach bag and I didn't know how to get out. I looked up tips and "none" were working so I came with a great idea to add it all together. I got a rag and put soap, hydrogen peroxide, and sunscreen on it, mixed it together and what do you know the stain came out in 4 or 5 minutes.

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    Question: Removing a Marker Stain on a Sweater

    By Ingrid84 1

    Marker stains on sweater.How can I get marker stain out of my favorite sweater? My son got a hold of the markers. Please help.

    By Ingrid

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    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,695 Flag

    March 8, 2012

    There are some good links on this page to removing inks from clothing. If those don't help you, try here:

    http://laundry.about.com/od/stainremoval/a/stainsaz.htm

    The page opens to stains A-C, you'll have to click a few to get to the ink page.

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    Question: Removing Sharpie from a Backpack

    My daughter used the Sharpie pens on her backpack a while ago; how do you get the ink out?

    By JSB

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    By Janette 91 153 Flag

    January 16, 2012

    I used hand sanitizer on the marker stains. Pour the sanitizer on the stain and blot until all is removed. This worked for me. Hope this helps.

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    Question: Removing Permanent Ink from Coat

    How do you get permanent black marks out of a tan all weather coat?

    By Becky B.

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    By Karyn 31 125 Flag

    January 8, 2012

    Supersaturate it with hair spray. Then wash as normal. It may take two or three washings, but for certain the ink will come out.

    Karyn

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    Question: Removing Permanent Marker from Upholstery

    My 2 year old found a blue Sharpie and before I could get it out of his fat little hand he had drawn several streaks across my tan upholstered love seat. I used rubbing alcohol on it, but the streaks still show. Help! :)

    By Rene from western MA

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    By Robyn 376 753 Flag

    November 23, 2011

    Here are some links I have found on my favorite site. I hope this helps!

    http://www.ehow.com/how_4699483_clean-sharpie-marker-off-anything.html

    Give the little guy a hug!

    Blessings, Robyn

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    Question: Removing Sharpie From Fabric

    By scrapbookinglois 1

    Someone messed with my counted cross stitch that I have been working on since May with a green Sharpie pen! I need someway to get it out.

    Sharpie stain on counted cross stitch fabric

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      Question: Removing a Marker Stain on a Backpack

      So my orange highlighter was left opened inside my backpack and has stained it inside and out. My backpack is blue on the outside and I don't want to ruin the outside trying something that won't work. Help!

      By Esmeralda B

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      Question: Cleaning Highlighter on Backpack

      I got a new blue and white backpack for school this year. I let a friend borrow a highlighter. When they were finished with it, they put it in the front pocket of my new backpack. The next morning I noticed the highlighter bled through. :( I've tried washing it in the washer as my mom suggested but it just made it worse. Please help me!

      By Kamryn O. from Longview, TX

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      Question: Removing Black Marker from Nightgown

      Is it possible to get black marker out of a pure white hand-made nightgown? I finally found that perfect nightgown, it is pure white, hand-made, and it was a big splurge for myself, but I may have ruined it. I got black marker spots on it, and I was looking for tips, any advice, can it be saved, all answers will be muchly appreciated.

      By Amber M

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      Question: Permanent Marker on Couch Pillow

      My three year old daughter got ahold of a blue marker and drew all over her self and on my couch cushion. The cushion is a tanish color. What can I use to get it out?

      By Amanda D

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