Removing Sharpie from Skin

Sharpies are great to have around for many reasons but it can be easy to get on yourself. Whether it was from a broken pen or a child got a hold of your Sharpie, it can tough to get Sharpie ink off of skin. This is a guide about removing Sharpie from skin.

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Question: Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

By Gail 1

How can I remove permanent black ink from my finger pad?

By Gail from Houston, TX

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By Sunil 1 Flag

February 14, 2010

Use Clearasil Stayclear Oil-Free Daily Face Wash. My daughter and her friend used this after they painted their face with Mr. Sketch. We used soap, water, rubbing alcohol. Nothing worked but Clearsil worked.

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By Jess 132 771 Flag

December 3, 2011

An answer to the question advised using Mr. Clean Eraser. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS as the warning on the box specifically states. I used it (without checking the warning on the box) and my 5 year has a very bad abrasion as a result.

Editor's Note: As with any advice you find on the internet, please use caution with any substance that is not intended to be used on skin. Always read and follow the manufacturer's guidelines.

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Tip: Coconut Oil for Removing Sharpie from Skin

By Sharon Fairburn V. 1

Gently rub coconut oil on skin with cloth and Sharpie comes off instantly!

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    Question: Removing Sharpie from Skin

    I was sitting on the sofa and I was decorating my note book. I took the marker apart and started to squeeze it. A lot of stuff came out; so my question is, how do you get Sharpie off your hands?

    By Rhyan R. from New Orleans, LA

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    By Kay 22 53 Flag

    May 17, 2011

    When my friend was all marked up for radiation treatments, she told me that baby oil would remove the permanent marker. Hope this helps.

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    Tip: Face Wipes Removes Sharpie Easily

    By Shelley.Lee 1

    I just read through all these painstaking suggestions, some of which seem pretty abrasive to your skin! Luckily before I tried any of these solutions, I used my skincare/face wipes. Lo and behold, sharpie marker GONE!

    No more than £1 for 2 packets in ASDA and most supermarkets sell them. Baby wipes will probably work too! Hopefully this saves you all some time and stinky hands from alcohol and such. :)

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      Tip: Lotion For Removing Ink From Skin

      By TeeeeeeeeeeJ 2 1

      I have used various brands of hand/body lotion. Rubbing alcohol works as well. If you have hand sanitizer it works too, but takes longer.

      By TeeeeeeeeeeJ from Canada

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      Tip: Nail Polish Remover for Sharpie on Skin

      By Herro 1

      Use a cotton ball and nail polish remover, works every time!

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        Tip: Easiest Way To Remove Sharpie from Skin

        By carra.reithmeier 1

        I have a toddler and preschooler who always seem to find their ways into things they shouldn't. After experimenting with everything I could think of to get permanent Sharpie (of all things) off of their skin (even faces), I came up with this:

        Let them soak in a warm bath for about 10 minutes and get a regular wash cloth and some Dawn or a generic equivalent (if you're cheap like me). Just make sure it's the regular 2x concentrated formula. Wash the areas with it once or twice.

        You don't even need to use a whole lot of the soap or that much pressure. The whole process, depending on the damage, takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. It works on walls too and doesn't take the paint off like some heavy duty products might.

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          Question: Removing Sharpie Marker from Skin

          By MaryC 1

          How can we remove Sharpie marker from my 3 year old granddaughter's legs? She has covered her thighs completely. Help.

          By MaryC from Smith Mountain Lake, VA

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          thr522587 Flag

          January 21, 2011

          Scroll down to the ThriftyFun archives below on this page and you will find oodles and oodles of suggestions. :-)

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          Question: Removing Pen Ink from Skin

          How do I get ink from a pen off my fingers?

          By Leah from England

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          Archive: Feedback: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Hot bath, scrub hard. Repeat, repeat, repeat. If you use salt to exfoliate, it'll come off faster.
          Good luck. (04/30/2005)

          By Ashleigh

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Fingernail polish remover will take sharpie marker off most things. Haven't ever tried it on skin. (04/30/2005)

          By Peg

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I use rubbing alcohol on my kids hands and arms when they get marker on them at school. It works, but you still have to scrub it several times until its completely gone. I hope this helps. (05/01/2005)

          By Tammymarie

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Try using toothpaste. (05/02/2005)

          By Jo

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Try rubbing alchaol (05/02/2005)

          By MrsMoted2

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          try wd-40 (05/02/2005)

          By alobarbear

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          When my daughter was five years old, she used blue markers to polish her finger and toe nails and also her eye lids. Most of the ink came off, using baby oil. Her nails and eyelids had a slight tint to them, resembling bruises. It took a few weeks for this tint to wear off. I got some really odd looks when we would go out in public. I was anticipating to be questioned by any authorities since she looked as though she was bruised. I was never questioned but would really understand if I was since it did look questionable.
          (05/06/2005)

          By mkymlp

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          If you just scrub a little in the bath and wait about three days, it wil come off by itself.

          I don't see the big deal. (05/08/2005)

          By Deanna

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I get them on me all the time. Try using Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (05/08/2005)

          By Suzanne S.

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I want to thank everyone for their help and suggestions. I did find that baby wipes and effort do wonders and it is 100% safe for such sensitive skin. (05/11/2005)

          By Michelle from Tennessee

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          i just got off my school bus (high school) a few minutes ago. On my bus, we had a huge "sharpie" fight and my face was blue, purple, and black. i tried some things on this post and TOOTHPASTE defintely worked the best. Let it sink in for a minute then scrub it off and its gone! (05/24/2005)

          By paige

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          my wife and i decided to be tattoo artists during a pizza and movie night with a sharpie marker. by the end of it, we both had full sleeves of sharpie tattoo. we went right to sleep and when i woke up, i had half of the tattoos on my face and smeard sharpie on my arm. i scrubbed in the shower, got it off my face but couldnt get it completely off my arm, there are still stains. i tried everything and scrubbed my arm 3 or 4 times till it was bright red but no results. guess that what i get for being an idiot. (05/28/2005)

          By woofPING

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          my friend got permanent marker on her eyebrows (it's a long story) how should she get it of without using anything harmful. (06/17/2005)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Rubbing alcohal....it works...trust me im 15 and i draw on myself all that time (06/25/2005)

          By Deadly

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Mary Kay-OIL FREE EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER
          The only thing that works!!! We tried toothpaste(COLGATE)....NOTHING, we tried rubbing alcohol...NOTHING, we tried lanoline hand cleaner...NOTHING, we tried GOOF-OFF...NOTHING, and we tried warm bath and scrubbing as well as a combination of all the above...guess what...... NOTHING!!! Mary Kay works wonders, I love the lady! (06/25/2005)

          By DREW'S DAD

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Oh my gosh; toothpaste is my best friend now! (06/30/2005)

          By crazy teenager that WAS marked up

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off clothing

          help! my sister and i got in a fight and light blue sharpie stains are over our shirts and my mom is maken me look for a website to get it of our clothes and i don't no how!!! can some1 help us? (07/08/2005)

          By Jamie

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          (i)Thank goodness for this site! I was just at a good Charlotte concert last night (it was awesome!) and i had brought 4 sharpie markers for me and my friends, to get autographs after the show.

          (i)My friend stephanie decided to draw a huge **** on my arm during the concert and I had to Work THE NEXT DAY....and I work at MCDONALDS!!!!!!!!! I was so upset with her but i didnt bother saying anything...didnt wanna ruin my night.(/i)

          So today I came here to see some of the solutions you all had, and I tryed 2 of them out.

          Let me say, rub nail polish remover on your skin until it is all mostly gone, and then finish the minor details with Eye make-up Remover. Works charms.

          I dont know if brand names have to do with anything but here is what I sued justi n case:

          Pro-Vitamin B5
          Sally Hansen Nail Polish Remover (i)For Soft, Thin Nails(/i) With vitamin E and Hydrolyzed Wheat Protien

          AND FOLLOW WITH

          Andrea Eyes Ultra-Quick, Waterproof Eye Make-up remover pads (07/22/2005)

          By Alyssa P

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Nothing is working and its driving me crazy. Now all I've got is a greasy foot! (08/25/2005)

          By Chelsea

          removing sharpie marker off walls

          (08/30/2005)

          By ughly

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My brothers face was written on while he was sleeping at a friends house with RED sharpie. We used sugar mixed in baby oil to exfoiate it out of his skin. It worked like a charm. (09/10/2005)

          By Poor little brother

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          me and my friends have sharpie fights all the time and the best thing for ever gettin it off is an egg yolk. i dont really know y it works but it does!! (09/20/2005)

          By sarah

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Try the rubbing alcohol.My son colored himself and with a soft cloth and some gentle rubbing he's all clean.Just remember it's flamable. (09/24/2005)

          By Gary

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I drew on my nails with black sharpie and I can't get it off! My mom is so mad at me! I tried nail polish remover but it's taking way to long! HELP!!! (10/07/2005)

          By Em

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Believe it or not but I have two kids who have done this a couple of times and baby wipes do a very good job at getting it off. You have to use a few but it does work. (10/11/2005)

          By Crystal

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          i wrote all over my hands and i get it off
          with soap and water i have to scub very had!! (10/21/2005)

          By taylor

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Try sandpaper (11/18/2005)

          By Moose

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          i drew this swirly star pattern on the inner side of each of my ankles/feet/legs. I think it looks sweet but my dad is REALLY mad. HELP! (11/26/2005)

          By Lynn

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My brother drew on my back and i couldn't reach it, so i poured nail polish remover on it and waited 2 minutes then scrubbed it with a towel, i did that for like 3 times and it was virtually gone.... (11/26/2005)

          By Kelly

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Use a nailbrush and scrub hard... i did this after i worked at a friend's concert and it took off themajority of the sharpie (12/24/2005)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Nail polish remover worked on my sons arm. He gave himself "chicken pops" (as he calls it) all over both arms with a red sharpie. (01/17/2006)

          By Candace

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          it just depends on the type of skin you have (01/17/2006)

          By Norma Jean Sharpie Queen

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          me and my friends had a sharpie war and i used cofee.IT WORKS (02/10/2006)

          By ty.

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          try useing a little bit of gassoline, i know it sounds odd, but it really works for the less sensitive areas, and it also works on getting tree sap off your hands (02/14/2006)

          By someone who knows

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          If you can find it, Uni-Solve works. They use it in hospitals, but it's a lot like nail polish remover. Came off in seconds. Basically it's an adhesive remover. Many home-health care places will be able to get it, if you're little one has a tendency to mark on his/her skin.... (02/15/2006)

          By Lori D

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Thank you so much... I woke up this morning to the word OBSESSED written across my forehead by my husband and friend... Thank god for baby wipes, Mary Kay and toothpaste... now I just have to figure out how to repay the lil you-know-whats. (02/24/2006)

          By Angelle

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          AHA
          So I was just in a crisis
          About to go downtown, when I realised I had sharpie on me from last night!
          Went to google to find help and then I found this page.
          Stupidly right before this I tried nail polish remover.
          It semi worked yet left huge red blotches on my skin. Remember how toxic this stuff is!
          So I decided to try toothpaste just now and BAM!
          I left it on for about 2 mintues then took a damp cloth and scrubbed.
          All Gone
          Woot for this page@ (02/25/2006)

          By Carolyn

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          please dont use all these toxic chemicals! The easiest and safest way to remove permanent marker from skin or most other surfaces is a citrus essential oil such as lemon. The only brands safe to use striaght on skin is young living or rocky mountain essential oils. I f you cant find these contact me. (03/01/2006)

          By Dr Beth

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          my little sister (she's 1) drew on herself with marker but we used wipes and it worked like a charm. (03/21/2006)

          By help me

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          tooth paste works i got it on my boyfriend and i rubbed tooth paste on his hand to get the sharpie off it worked (03/22/2006)

          By meow mix

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          For ink/marker on the hands - I use a pumice stone to rub out the ink. It's the best way to take stains off hands without using a solvent. (03/22/2006)

          By pamphyila

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          the tooth paste thing works great!!! spread it on and leave it for 2 minutes then scrub it off-works like magic!!! (03/29/2006)

          By my stupid friend likes to draw on me

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I used shout wipes. worked fine. didn't have toothpaste accessible. (04/02/2006)

          By JV

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My 17 month old is a big fan of body art (already!). Usually he finds a crayola or ballpoint pen, not this time, don't know where he got a silver sharpie from. Enter scarface...silver lines all over his little face. Thank you to everyone here for the tip of toothpaste. Gently smoothed it on after he fell asleep and wiped it off a few minutes later. Worked like a charm! (04/04/2006)

          By Donna in Lake Forest

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off a Computer Flatscreen

          My son decided to try coloring his picture on the computerscreen with a sharpie. Rather than using the mouse and "electronic paints" available.

          I just tried the eyemakeup remover and baby wipe combo, I had to do some scrubbing - but it worked!!! Thanks for the advice!
          (05/25/2006)

          By Kim

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I tried using toothpaste to get the sharpie off my EXTREMELY polkadotted foot, but it didn't work. (06/09/2006)

          By Jade

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Well toothpaste worked the best for me. I left it on for a few minutes and if definatley cleaned it up. wat happened was i was cleaning my room and a found a sharpie that was broke open and i stepped on it and when i picked it up the ink thing exploded on me. :( but toothpaste works pretty well for a LOT of sharpie (06/11/2006)

          By lil' Nelli

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          i have a 2 year old and she wrote all over her knees and feet i washed her off four times and it didn't work so i went to google and the toothpaste worked but you have to do it a few TIMES (06/20/2006)

          By kerry

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Someone hit my son below the eye with a black permanent marker. It was hard enough to break the skin. We've tried all of your suggestions and have not gotten it off. It is now very raw from all the scrubbing. Please help! Should we go to the doctor? (06/22/2006)

          By Beckey

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Someone hit my son below the eye with a black permanent marker. It was hard enough to break the skin. We've tried all of your suggestions and have not gotten it off. It is now very raw from all the scrubbing. Please help! Should we go to the doctor? (06/22/2006)

          By Beckey

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Try goof off it works good. If you get it in your eyes just wash it out quickly. (06/22/2006)

          By Dogbla Gooblaaaaaa

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I used toothpaste to take off black marker from my bedroom wall and it worked great. All it took was a little elbow grease. But I still have a problem my 18 month old is still covered in it. I tryed the toothpaste on her but she just broke out in a ugly rash. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

          Editor's Note: You could try diaper wipes. The alcohol in them sometimes helps remove it. (06/24/2006)

          By L.C.

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          A girl wrote on my stomach in silver sharpie. woke up and it didn't come out in shower, but toothpaste idea worked well, def good idea. thanks (06/24/2006)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off CLOTHES

          I need help!! I'm a camp counselor and I had a black sharpie in my cargo pants at work. In a rush, I threw the pants in the wash with my whites. After I washed AND dried them, I noticed everything I was taking out had little black dots on them!!!! How do I get the sharpie out of my favorite whites?!?! Thanks!! (06/28/2006)

          By Melissa

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          how to remove permanent marker from wooden furniture

          Editor's Note: You can try baking soda, or white toothpaste. A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser also works. (07/17/2006)

          By Erodita

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I feel your pain! My son did this to himself when he was in daycare, and I tried to get it off--but it still looked like an old bruise--THEN, I got a call from the daycare director...it was awful! I came up there and frantically tried to rub off more of it to show them that it was really permanent marker after all. They believed, luckily! (07/17/2006)

          By dumpsterdive

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          i and my friends always drew on ourselves with sharpie at camp... it came off easily with bug spray. I havent tried toothpaste.. that might work. make sure the bug spray isnt highly poisionous or dangerous... such as it has DEET in it. don't get it in your eyes or you mouth. but sharpie really comes off your skin easily with it. although you might not want to use bug spray on young children. (08/06/2006)

          By kate

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Fast orange hand cleaner seems to work. (08/09/2006)

          By Blake

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Has anyone ever tried using men's shaving cream. i remember when i was in elemtary school teachers putting a squirt of shaving cream on our desk and letting us have at it, after using markers. it worked then so i use this on my polka dotted daughter all the time. Oh and she's real good about getting baby wipes and getting the marker off herself. (08/10/2006)

          By Wendy

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          my friend drew all over her hand with an orange sharpie marker. she tried toothpaste nothing..salt and cold water, with alittle soap worked. (08/15/2006)

          By J

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Try rubbing alcohol. Just put some on a cotton ball and have at it! (08/15/2006)

          By Ashley

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          DONT use sandpaper, it will literally rub off your skin...both live and dead skin!
          Acetone works wonders for sharpie on skin. Just about any nailpolish remover that doesnt say "does not contain acetone!" will work (08/17/2006)

          By steph

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My daughter got crayola markers (non washable) all over her...... I mean she was covered ... I washed her with soap and water then I let her play in the sink with shaving cream and it was gone!!!!! But now she loves the shaving cream. (08/19/2006)

          By joelle

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          A few weeks ago my son came back from a school trip with permanent marker all over his arm. I have tried most ideas posted here, but they are not working. i believe this is becasue the marker had 3 weeks to soak into the skin. I need a solution that can get the marks off that have well and truely soaked in. Please help me. (09/12/2006)

          By Mark

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Just an FYI: My EIGHT year old daughter decided to "look like Rudolph" and colored her FACE with markers! Obviously she will NOT be as much as seen until something works! (Wish us luck... She can't afford to get behind with her school work! Good thing tomorrow is Thursday -- basically, a long, extended weekend!) (10/18/2006)

          By Jen

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I just used a culmination of almost everything on here, except eye makeup remover, because I'm out, but it worked. In the areas furthest away from the eye I used products, then at her eyes themselves I made and used a salt/water scrub.
          ONE EXTRA... Instead of salt and soap, I used Noxzema Continuous Clean Microbead Cleanser with Vitamin C, mixed with salt.
          It's so good to see my LIVING daughter again, as opposed to a zombie!
          THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY! And thank goodness for this site! (10/18/2006)

          By Jen

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Just tried acetone,lacquer thinner and kerosene to no effect but the cleaner Greased Lightning worked very well. It removed 95 % of it very quickly. (10/25/2006)

          By Chris Coffey

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          While visiting my mom my two year old daughter found a purple permanent BIC MARK IT, and colored her nose, and all down her leg. I tried the shaving cream idea because it was the only suggested item my mother had. It WORKED! It completely took the purple marker off of her nose but only lightened the marker on her leg. I think this is because she had colored several times in the same place over her leg. Oh, I used Skintimate Skintherapy shaving cream. I don't know if brand makes a difference. Thanks All for the suggestions! (10/27/2006)

          By amber

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I've tried just about everything that has been mentioned here:

          shaving cream/baby oil: the fatty acids (soap/lubricant) dont really do more than regular soap, which wasn't very much
          toothpaste: fairly abbrasive on skin - more resulting in irritation and rash form removing skin than removing stain
          alcohol: not bad, but still left at least 25% of stain intact
          acetone: in nail polish remover, about 25% remaining. pure, almost completely removed

          most of the rest resulted in no real improvement other than dulling but not removing the stain on the skin. pure acetone is probably one of the best bets. be careful with alcohol: it leaves skin very very dry and irritated, don't use it near eyes and mouth especially. (11/01/2006)

          By joe

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          SO there is this little thing I like to call TIME!!! It will come off in about 3 days assuming you shower regularly. If you're not that patient then try shaving cream and/or rubbing alcohol. I put a couple of drops on a cotton ball and hardly even scrubbed and it came right off! (11/20/2006)

          By Kayla

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I've tried rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, shaving cream, and toothpaste, the alcohol removed most of the black sharpie from my fingernails but couldn't get the stuff that was in my cuticles. The shaving cream and toothpaste both helped some...finally I tried this stuff called Natural Orange. My dad has it for getting grease off his hands.

          It worked wonders! I washed twice with it after scrubbing, and there is only a trace of the black left which I'm sure I could remove with another scrub.

          Hope this helps! (11/22/2006)

          By Elk

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Baby wipes work great. You'll have to go over it a few times (maybe 7-10) but it will come off and not damage your skin. (11/25/2006)

          By John

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          ok well i am a kid and i swim so i draw all over my WHOLE back..i used dove soap (the bar soap) and omg it came RIGHT off but we werent drawing on our backs we were actually drawing on our face (drawing mustaches and beards) bc we were acting all crazy and we were dancing to this mexican song so we thought we wuld dress up a bit well hope my advice works!! (12/03/2006)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          so i pretty much get bored all the time and whip out a sharpie and start drawing on myself all over my arms and stuff. and the way i get it off is just jump in the shower with some dawn dish soap and scrub at it with my thumb nail for a few seconds and its gone. (12/28/2006)

          By cole

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Nail polish remover works really well, it takes off all the annoying small sharpie details you can't seem to get rid of. On my friend's skin, it left it a little dry, but that can easily be fixed with lotion or something.

          Also, toothpaste works well. I used a white kind and that seems to have good results. Good luck... (01/02/2007)

          By Jenna

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          The best way that I've used is to use 91% Alcohol. It may take a few times but usually does the job. (01/08/2007)

          By Mike

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I was using a facial exfoliator to get a sharpie stain off myself. It got most of it off but left a very slight amount (and was a bit abrasive with all the scrubbing I was doing). later I discovered that my clearasil acne wipes worked amazingly to remove the stains without that much scrubbing. (01/08/2007)

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          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          at school when i get bored i draw all over my hands and arms, i found out that sprayin perfume on it makes all the ink run off ya skin. it like takes seconds all ya need to do is wipe it off after with tissue, its great!! i promise!!

          Editor's Note: The problem with this is that everyone has to smell the perfume you used to get off the marker. (01/16/2007)

          By nat

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          DO NOT USE SANDPAPER!! IT HURTS VERY BAD-- and it doesnt even work!! (01/19/2007)

          By Meghan

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          my sister decided to let people draw all over her back and stomach in permanent marker. we've tried nail polish remover, purell, perfume, vaseline, and makeup remover. it toook some things off, but theres still alot left everywhere. she complained that the nail polish remover and perfumer began to burn her skin so we cant use that anymore.. so im out of ideas.. (01/23/2007)

          By michelle

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          i had a fake moustache drawn on me for a retro disco....nothing really worked at taking it off except surgical spirit....except now i hav light chemical burns to the face. (01/25/2007)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          WD-40!! Our 4 year old daughter came up from the gameroom today with Sharpie green permanent marker all over her torso, that she used to decorate herself. I sprayed her with it while she was standing in the tub and let it sit for about a minute and then washed her with soap and a washrag. It just "melted" off because of the WD-40. (01/25/2007)

          By Alisa

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My 6 year old son uses markers daily and always has marker on his hands. I tried just about everything and finally gave Castrol Super Clean a try. Success! Its a cleaner that Ive used on my vehicles for years. It is similar to Fantastic except far more effective. It warns that it may cause burns but my son hasnt had a problem. I use it quickly and then rinse thoroughly with water. (01/31/2007)

          By kevn

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My 18 year old daughter, who should of known better, let her friend write ALL over her and worse she started to get a reaction. Tried everything on this site until my sister suggested the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! Worked instantly 100%. Didn't hurt either. (02/19/2007)

          By kevikkie

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          axe body wash worked for me (02/19/2007)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          DO NOT use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove Sharpie from your skin, especially the face. The combination of the abrasive and the chemicals in the product will burn, and can scar. Flushing with H2O, applying cold compresses, hydrocortisone cream, and Benedryl are the best methods for addressing the injury if you have already tried the Mr. Clean Method and had the same experience as we did. (02/27/2007)

          By Suzy's Dad

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          we have tried toothpaste, eye makeup remover, and shaving cream.. nothing is working.. my 2 yr old son decided he wanted to look like a zebra.. Black Sharpie marker on his face, chest, (in his belly button) toes, legs.. ok so every part of his body.. lol
          Any suggestions would be awesome..

          Mom of a zebra now..

          Editor's Note: Because he has such young and sensitive skin, I'd try using baby oil. (02/28/2007)

          By momof2lilones

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I used damp cotton pads then put canola oil on each pad. I rub and most of the sharpie came off. The light stuff came right up while the actual scribbles lightened quite a bit. Then I gave her a tubby and soaped off the oil. She looks pretty close to normal again. Plus, (I imagine) it's non-toxic.

          PS: Never say, "Only use that on paper sweetie, nothing else." And then expect a three year old to comply after you've left the room. (03/01/2007)

          By supernova

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My 5 month old daughter was used as a drawing board by her 2 year old sister...She had marker from the top of her head to the tip of her nose. Soap and water didn't budge it. Coppertone sunscreen and toilette paper took it off with ease. I applied it with my fingers waited about 10 seconds then gently scrubbed and wiped away all the marks with the toilette paper. (03/01/2007)

          By Tony

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Ok. So you have sharpie on your arms face or anything. How are you going to get it off? Peppermint Bodywash. Yes. Pepper mint bodywash. you let it sink and just wash it off. (03/02/2007)

          By Sarah YepYep :]

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I let one of my friends draw on my arms, and it was fine because I would just wear long sleeves till it wore off in a few days...but, its 69 degrees out right now, and I have to go walk to class. So I tried all these ideas, even mixed them all together. What I found to work was spraying perfume on my arms, letting it sit for about 30 seconds, then scrubbing with a washcloth with dishsoap on it. I was shocked at how it got the stuff off pretty fast. (03/13/2007)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          rubbing alcohol.
          followed by Ivory soap.

          Thats the safest way to get sharpie of skin, I doodle on my self a lot and that's my trick. (03/13/2007)

          By Lauren

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Mr clean magic eraser is toxic and you should not be using it on skin. It has formaldhyde in it. (03/14/2007)

          By melanie

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          There is no formaldehyde in the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The only danger is that if you swallow the eraser, it can cause an intestinal blockage. Also, the friction of rubbing it forcibly against your skin would eventually cause an abrasion.

          You can get info. about how the formaldehyde rumor orginated at
          http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/eraser.asp (03/14/2007)

          By SusannL

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          After my 2 yo found a Sharpie marker and wrote on her face, arms, neck legs and a few toenails I immediately went to the internet and found this website. After reading many of the testimonies I actually found a combo of rubbing alcohol and Dawn dish detergent to work really well. I used cotton balls soaked with alcohol to get almost all of it off and then bathed her using Dawn! Many Blessings! (03/17/2007)

          By Michelle S. in Delaware

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Rubbing alchohol works awesome I had Egyptian stencils drawn on my arms and legs and with the alchohol worked perfect i only have like a couple marks that will come off in the wash (03/25/2007)

          By hawkclaw

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I have tried fingernail polish remover and after a bit of scrubbing, it comes off. (04/10/2007)

          By kelsie..

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Fast Orange hand soap... it gets everything off... (04/21/2007)

          By

          Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I tried ALL of the above. All I got was irritated skin, and still tons of marker. I just had them soak in the tub, twice and used Johnsons Head to Toe, and it worked enough to let them out in public. (04/23/2007)

          By Jen

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          perfume does not work! (04/25/2007)

          By Danielle

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Oh my gosh! My 3 year old just wrote ALL over her face with a silver sharpie. Luckily I caught it somewhat quickly (about 10 minutes) and came to this site. I tried two things: 1) warm water and a hard scrub = NOTHING 2) Canola oil and a paper towel, medium pressure = PERFECTION. She has hardly a trace left on her face - and I mean that only I can see it. I could take her to get pictures right now and it wouldn't show up. I'm amazed! I was so afraid that she was going to have to go to daycare like that tomorrow - but NOPE - she looks GREAT! CANOLA OIL, CANOLA OIL, CANOLA OIL!!!! (05/01/2007)

          By Casey

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          100% Safe, non-toxic solution. TKO Orange Oil cleaner. www.tkoorange.com (Or probably any non-toxic orange oil cleaners). You can find it in most grocery stores in Canada.

          My two year old found the black sharpie in our office hotel room and decided to be inspired....my husband goes crazy over this stuff. I checked online for solutions...came here and didn't have any of the noted solutions. I did have this TKO concentrated orange and it works like a dream. It just melted off her skin without any irritation (and she has very sensitive skin) and also just wiped off all the "painted" surfaces. Good luck and enjoy these innocent times!!!
          (05/03/2007)

          By Nicholl

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Obviously, BE VERY CAREFUL using any products on your children's skin AND ALWAYS TRY A TEST PATCH. The TKO worked for us....and we had a really soapy bath afterwards with lots of lotions applied out of the bath. It's not meant for use on skin...so just be cautious. (05/03/2007)

          By Nicholl

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Thank you, thank you, thank you! Shaving cream really did the trick! My little brother colored all over himself with some kind of bright pink marker. When I say bright I mean it GLOWED if that's possible. We gave him shaving cream to play with in the tub and ta-daaaa! Gone! (05/09/2007)

          By Kay

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Try this:
          Take a fresh Bounce sheet (the thing you stick in the clothes dryer) and dip it in rubbing alcohol.
          Rub it gently on the skin. It works like a charm. (05/19/2007)

          By John Doe

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Okay people - I have tried everything you have all given me ( toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, shaving cream, baby wipes, coppertone baby lotion, nail polish remover and the mr clean magic eraser ) NOTHING IS WORKING.
          I am sitting for a friend and her daughters legs are COVERED with a BLUE SHARPIE.
          Hope my friend is in a good mood when I bring her home. (05/31/2007)

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          First...As posted in other feedback, DON'T use the Magic Eraser. I don't know about the chemicals, but I know it is abrasive. I was wiping the wall and turned to wipe my 2 1/2 year old. He now has abrasions on his face and neck, that look like carpet burns. Fortunately, they aren't bothering him.
          Second...I've tryed several of the suggestions. What I've found works best is laughter. The marks are faded quite a bit, but they are still there. I've now rubbed him down with baby lotion. When I give him his bath, I'll gently scrub again. If it works the same way it does on my hands when I reink a stamp pad, 99% of it will wash off. Beyond that, we'll just laugh about it. I know I've gotten enough off to prevent any type of poisoning or other reaction, so now I'm just thankful it was just him and the wall. (The Magic Eraser worked on the wall.) (05/31/2007)

          By Joy in TN

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I have a 2 year old daughter that loves to find things to draw with. No matter how well I hide something she will find it. I woke up this morning to find her with black marker all over her arms and legs. Thankfully nowhere on her face though. I used noxzema triple clean pads that worked like a charm. The marker is totally gone on most areas of her legs and arms, what is left are dull lines.
          Hope that helps. (06/07/2007)

          By Krista

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I used Bioré face wipes. The black permanent Sharpie came right off my son's face/head/hair. (06/11/2007)

          By Deb

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          SUNSCREEN!!! Pour some onto a cottonball and be amazed. It immediately takes off all the marker and just leaves your child well protected from the sun!!!

          (06/12/2007)

          By Sarlynn McMurtry

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My daughter has this thing for permanent black markers & just marked all over herself with one. Tried the sunscreen, toothpaste, rubbing alcohol & also canola oil which seemed to have worked the best...Then I tried my Clearasil cleaning pads & they worked like a charm.. (06/15/2007)

          By Michelle

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          writing on ourselves in sharpie is a camp tradition. the easiest things to use are

          BUG SPRAY(preferably towlettes) and HAIR SPRAY

          works like a charm every time! (06/19/2007)

          By monika

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My son's vacation bible school this week has a sports-theme. They used Sharpie marker to paint the thick, black, grease marks under the kids eyes to make them look like football players. I tried Canola Oil, Baby Lotion, Baby Oil, Bug Spray Wipes and Shaving Cream. It took off most of the marker, but a shadow of the marks was still here. I finally gave up and took him swimming to take his mind off of it. The chlorine from the pool took care of the rest! :-) (06/20/2007)

          By Janet

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My son's vacation bible school this week has a sports-theme. They used Sharpie marker to paint the thick, black, grease marks under the kids eyes to make them look like football players. I tried Canola Oil, Baby Lotion, Baby Oil, Bug Spray Wipes and Shaving Cream. It took off most of the marker, but a shadow of the marks was still here. I finally gave up and took him swimming to take his mind off of it. The chlorine from the pool took care of the rest! :-) (06/20/2007)

          By Janet

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I used an Aveeno Daily Facials pad and it took all of the black Sharpie off my two year old son. Now, on to my computer keyboard, coffee table, his toy piano..... It takes a village but two would be nice. (06/25/2007)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I used doctor burts herbal blemish stick made by burts bees. I think its main ingredents are alcohol and tea tree oil. Just rub on and wipe with a paper towel. (06/26/2007)

          By schoolteacher

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          my 4 year old just covered him self in sharpie maker, I filled the bath and took johnson and johnson head to toe washed him and it came right off. (06/26/2007)

          By kathy

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          we got bored when our friend fell asleep and decided to draw ALL OVER her face with all different color sharpies. after the damage was done we panicked because we knew she would flip. we tested all these things on our hands to prepare for when she wakes up. rubbing alcohol worked the best.

          try it :) (06/30/2007)

          By elizabeth+kris+marisa

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Don't Panic!! My 21 month old daughter, Maddie, came into the kitchen looking like a gory movie scene...Red Sharpie slashes all down her right leg and her mouth and chin...what a picture!!! I spent about fifteen minutes reading some of the remedies posted here and decided to try the most gentle thing i could think of first. I used a Huggies Shea Butter diaper wipe. Amazingly, it came off just as easily as she put it on! Praise God! It also got the scribbles off of my coffee table too. (07/09/2007)

          By Rebecca

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Caress Tahitian Renewal Silkening body wash takes it off in just seconds..... (07/18/2007)

          By Catherine

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I know this was posted a long time ago, but I still thought I'd add a little something for all those people who find this down the road.

          I JUST this very minute finished washing a derogatory word from my forearms. I originally found this page because I too needed to know what the best method would be.

          So as all of these other people are writing from a past experience, mine is brand new. My arms are still wet from the product I used!

          Others here have said it as well, some form of facial cleansing wipe will work really well. My brand are called No.7 by Boots. They're a four in one wipe with a makeup remover. Came off within a few rubs. Viola!

          Good luck to you and REMEMBER! No matter how funny it seems at the time, NEVER let people write on your with Sharpie! ;) (07/21/2007)

          By Amanda

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          NAIL POLISH REMOVER! it works every time. (07/22/2007)

          By Betty

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          sunscreen worked for me 8] (07/26/2007)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My daughter came home from work after co-worker who was "flirting" wrote on her face and hands with a sharpie, bright purple, her school colors luckily! We used eye make up remover. It came off without us hardly having to scrub! (07/30/2007)

          By Kathy

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My friend drew all over my back and around to my chest with a sharpie and, in a panic, I came to this site to figure out how to get it off. I thought I'd pass my experience along and I found that shaving cream and warm water take the marker off with gentle scrubbing. It worked so well, I was very pleased. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! (08/01/2007)

          By Saaaarah

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          After trying cold cream, shaving cream, alcohol and facial cleanser....

          Cutter Mosquito Wipes worked the best, black sharpie came right off with little scrubbing (08/01/2007)

          By Anon

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Point of PERSPECTIVE: Relax, moms! Are you afraid someone might think you're a less-than-perfect mother if your child goes to preschool or the market with scribbles on his/her angel face? Of course we want to clean their skin; that's why we're reading these posts. Panic a bit if tomorrow is "picture day." Otherwise, find the camera, snap a memory and ENJOY your kids. They'll be grown too soon. (08/07/2007)

          By Mom of Two Under Five

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Well, ladies and gents, I didn't try anything you suggested.iHowever, I took the advice of the oil citris suggestion and used 409 all purpose cleaner w/ orange citris oil and it worked like a charm on my friend who horribly lost a marker fight earlier today. I can attest from the times spent cleaning my bats w/ lemon oil that citris oil really does work! (08/22/2007)

          By LauraLosttoTony

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          This was the easiest thing ever it took me like 2 min. max. My fiance decided to put a mustache on me a day before our wedding and read on here about shaving cream and warm water. It works like a charm. Don't even need to scrub! (08/29/2007)

          By Cortney from Indiana

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          If it's a fresh sharpie-ing, germ-x or purell works beautiliciously. same for pen, if it's fresh, hand sanitizer gets most of it off. i also found that scraping at it with your finger nail while it's really soapy works too. and ladies, if it's on your legs, just shave it off. that works for henna tattoos too. (09/25/2007)

          By

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          The one that said use facial pads! U are a miracle worker! Moms like me need to keep that stuff on hand! My daughter had purple permanent marker all over her face and her arms. I had noxema pads and it worked wonderfully! Thank you so very much! Again thank u soooo very much! (10/02/2007)

          By Christy Hunley

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          On my birthday my friends decided to draw ALL over my legs. not aware that they were using a sharpie marker (i was foucusing all my attention on myspace gossip), i allowed them to write whatever they wanted. soon after my legs were totally red with the most bizzare and interesting things. i love my friends. but the next day i had to cheer for a competition and my coach was going to kill me. lets just say that alcohol and shaving saved my life. it works very well. :) (10/03/2007)

          By Bianca

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          My sister and I draw "temporary tattoos" all the time with sharpie. It will eventually wear off but if you want it off faster it will take scrubbing with rubbing alcohol and water. It may hurt because you have to scrub really hard. (10/15/2007)

          By Abigail

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          One can only laugh at my 4 year old who now looks like a tiger with maroon sharpie vertical stripes from face to toes. Way to go kiddo :-) (10/17/2007)

          By Tammie

          Archive: 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

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          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

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

          By Pflails

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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)

          RE: 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)

          By Heahter

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: 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)

          By William

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

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

          RE: 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)

          RE: 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

          RE: 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

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

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

          By Willyjoeshow

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

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

          By Kori

          RE: 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

          Archive: Removing Sharpie Marker from Skin


          How do you remove permanent marker from skin? My 5 year old is not satisfied with the myriad of markers he owns, so he went into my kitchen and stole a Sharpie marker and colored all over himself.

          We got the marker off his finger and toenails by using fingernail polish remover but it's still all over his skin. Normally I would just wait for it to wear off but his eczema is reacting to it and now he has a nasty rash. Any idea how to remove the stuff off his skin safely?

          By ETomihiro from Winston Salem, NC

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          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          I'd use rubbing alcohol on a washcloth. Second option, fingernail polish remover. Then give the little fellow a bath to remove the remover. On skin, you can also use baby oil or cooking oil, then use a bit of sugar on the oil to exfoliate or a washcloth. Be careful not to rub very hard. Kids, they make us laugh, they make us crazy!

          OOPS! I just read the rest of your post (eczema). So don't use anything above except the baby oil or mineral oil. Then leave the oil on a while then rub the skin with a soft cloth. Sometimes Orange oil can really do the trick, but it might be too strong for his skin. You could try mixing it with baby oil. Also, you can make a paste of baking soda & water or baking soda & vinegar as a scrub for places he doesn't have eczema. (04/24/2009)

          By Cyinda

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          The nail polish remover you used was probably non-acetone. You can buy a fairly large bottle of acetone nail polish remover just about anywhere. You won't need to rub very hard and be sure to use cotton balls. I sometimes get eczema outbreaks myself and so I truly don't think the polish remover will irritate it and, as Cyinda said, be sure to give the little guy a bath afterward and maybe even apply some lotion afterward too. I guarantee the acetone remover will quickly and easily remove the Sharpie Art :-) (05/01/2009)

          By Deeli

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          You might want to take him to a dermatologist. (05/01/2009)

          By Maryeileen

          RE: Removing Sharpie Marker Off Skin

          Baby wipes! (05/02/2009)

          By Coll3

          Archive: Removing Sharpie Marker from Skin

          How do I remove sharpie from my skin?

          By erikan from Don't know

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          Try fingernail polish remover. It comes in a variety of "smells" so you should be able to find one that's not too objectionable to a little boy. I use fingernail polish remover on pen and marker stains all the time. (05/05/2009)

          By jyoung55

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          Use baby oil to remove permanent marker from skin. My friend who had to have radiation told me this. (05/13/2009)

          By indianlady

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          I used this product called Removeez. It works so great. It's citrus based and smells awesome. It takes Sharpie permanent marker off your skin in seconds. It also takes gum out of hair. A must have in every household. (06/17/2009)

          By removeez

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          My 5 and 4 year old sons decided to become Indian Warriors today and thus led me to finding this website. I used Antiseptic wash on a lot of cotton balls first and then used an Exfoliating body wash (by St. Ives, Healthy Brilliance). There is still a faint trace of the once very startling warriors that were here, but all done in less than one hour. We did get some great pictures before cleaning up. Good Luck. (07/06/2009)

          By Mommatotwo

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          How can you possibly get permanent marker off of a child who has gotten hold of a marker and drawn on herself from head to toe?

          By MsBeeBell from Winston Salem, NC

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          Try baking soda. Put her in the tub and make a paste of baking soda and warm water. Rub this on her skin, it takes a bit of scrubbing but is much safer than any chemical. (08/13/2009)

          By cupotea

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          You can use a tiny bit of fingernail polish remover on an old T-shirt. Use the milder kind made for artificial nails then wash it off right away so it won't irritate their skin. Better yet, slather them with baby oil or cooking oil and rub, rub, rub, then wash them off in the tub or shower. I've gotten it off my skin with oil before. Maybe you could put your child in a bubble bath and leave them in there for an hour to soak. Hey, it just might work. Or do all 3. Wow, did you see all the answers below?!

          Have Fun. Kids will be kids!

          Hey, it beats the time when I was 4 (in 1959) and took a deck of playing cards and proceeded to "paint" the backs of each one while they laid on my grandmother's hardwood floor! (I was SUPPOSED to be taking a nap) I then let the feathers out of a feather pillow and stuck them to the playing cards. Her floor was never the same! So be thankful it's just a marker! (08/13/2009)

          By Cyinda

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          I don't know about Sharpies, but I've removed ballpoint pen ink with rubbing alcohol. (08/18/2009)

          By gapotter

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          Baby oil will remove magic marker ink from skin. My friend with cancer told me this after she had been marked for radiation. This is the most gentle to your skin. (08/18/2009)

          By indianlady

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          Actually, I do this show where I have to draw a mustache on myself. The best thing that takes it off it to use shaving cream. Just scrub it with shaving cream then rinse it off, and it should come right off! (09/29/2009)

          By djthemusicman

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          My 3 year old decided she wanted to be a Halloween pumpkin and used my orange Sharpie permanent marker to draw on her face. After reading all the suggestions on this site and not having any of the things on hand suggested (except for alcohol or nail polish remover, which I wasn't going to use), I decided to try my Dawn dish soap. I got a kitchen towel wet and soaked it in soap, lathered it up and the marker came off literally in seconds. No tears, no abused skin, and no more sharpie! (10/08/2009)

          By LuvinCandB

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          I would like to know how to remove permanent marker from my daughter's skin?

          By Danielle from Pataskala, OH

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          Try hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol. Might also try baby oil, hairspray, or nail polish remover. (11/16/2009)

          By OliveOyl

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          Don't use the nail polish remover, or scrub hard. It will irritate her skin. I would take pictures for the photo album, laugh it off, and let it wear off naturally. Every kid does this. My 2 year old granddaughter came out of her mom's bedroom last week to show us all how "bootiful" her tummy was. (11/17/2009)

          By catastrofy

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          I woke up this morning to my 3 1/2 year old having marked up himself and his 1 year old brother with a Sharpie marker. After getting over being upset at myself, I Googled it on here. Everything is helpful. I ended up using the shaving cream method and it worked. I was really shocked. It got all of it off in some areas and in others it got most off and left a small marking still on. After all the shaving cream I gave them both a bath and used some shampoo to see if anymore would come off and it did. I used Bedhead shampoo, but I am pretty sure it would work even with a different shampoo. (02/11/2010)

          By Tristan and Kadensmom

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          First of all, thank you so much for this website. You guys are the best. I have a 2 year old that covered herself from head to toe nails in black Sharpie. I read all the responses and decided to try two of the recommendations and wow, it worked. But after reading I was concerned about chemicals. Please do what I did first. I went with the least harmful first. I tried baby wipes which worked, but I realized quickly that I would spend the day doing it. So, I got creative and added vegetable oil to the wipes.

          Amazing. I was able to completely remove every mark from her body and catch this, she was asleep the whole time. When she woke up I gave her a bath and a kiss and let her watch Jungle Book. Crisis diverted before the wifey got home.
          Thank you.

          Please stay away from WD40 and alcohol if you have baby wipes and mineral or vegetable oil. Thanks again. (03/12/2010)

          By DaddyJr

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          How do you remove permanent marker from a child's skin?

          By Michelle from Washington, PA

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          Make up remover and a cotton ball. (03/30/2010)

          By Kbritt87

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          I use baby wipes on my kids when they decide to color on themselves instead of on the paper. It might not take it all off, but it does do a good job getting most of it off. (04/02/2010)

          By Coll3

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          Does anyone know how to get black marker pen off skin? My 3 year old decided she would use it as make up. It's on her cheeks, eyelids, and lips. Please help!

          By Kazza

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          Oodles of ideas in the ThriftyFun Archives below the comments here. ;-) (08/30/2010)

          By Deeli

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          My son did this earlier this year. I found that Dawn dish soap worked wonders and not too much discomfort in getting it off of him as well. (08/30/2010)

          By auntielala12000

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          Try Hand Sanitizer. (08/31/2010)

          By Danialle

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          I decided to put Vaseline on her face before she went to bed, she had a long soak in the bath the next morning, thankfully, it all came off easily. Thanks for the ideas. :-) (08/31/2010)

          By kmccarthy1976

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          Toothpaste takes out sharpie ink off skin. The gel won't work. It has to be the paste type. Coat the area and allow it to sit a minute, then wipe off.

          By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

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          Baby oil will remove permanent markers from skin; this tip comes from my "sis" Miss Mae. (10/17/2010)

          By indianlady

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          How do you remove permanent marker off of a 3 year old's skin?

          By Rachel from Victoria, TX

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          Well what people do at work is use makeup remover or toothpaste. It works really well. (11/24/2010)

          By Anonymous

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          Rubbing alcohol will often take most of it off. Do not use anywhere near the eyes, nose, or mouth; and you might want to test on the inside of his/her arm, as sometimes it stings. I have never tried the toothpaste, but it sounds like the safest bet. Be aware that every parent will look at your child and chuckle to themselves, because we have all been there, done that! It says nothing about your parenting, except that you are raising a child with a good imagination and maybe a little artistic flair! (11/24/2010)

          By Jilson

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          Take a picture to save for them when they grow up and their child does the same thing! It will wear off and won't hurt your child's skin as much as trying to remove it will. Live with it, most kids do this! (11/29/2010)

          By catastrofy

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          This reminds me of the time my then 4 year old son donned his turtleneck, jeans, vest and cowboy hat, his Mickey Mouse sheriff badge and drew a 5 o'clock shadow on himself and declared he was the Lego Sheriff! Nice long soaks in the tubby helped, but I didn't scrub it off. It was off in a few days. Cherish those moments! They grow up so fast! (11/29/2010)

          By Bethmom1961

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          The oils, shaving cream, and the rest all work. I have also used "Goo Gone" or "Dissolvit", on kids, carpets, upholstery, and you name it. Then I follow with the soap of my choice, though Dawn and Windex always work! Darn kids. Lipstick on a cream rug, always bad, but after the above treatment, not a trace. Good luck. (11/29/2010)

          By Bluey21

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