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

By Angie from Lumberton, NC

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

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Try hairspray.

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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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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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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?

By kitties120896

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

By Becky B.

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

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