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Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

How do I get what appears to be purple permanent marker out of a neon green sweatshirt jacket? I've tried hairspray then washed and then tried the hand sanitizer. It has bled over the other parts now.

Lisa from Kent, WA


Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

There is a product called weld-on #3 or 4. It is a product for gluing plexi-glass (plastic), it's not expensive. Put the garment on something non-porous & do one area at a time. Put the weld-on in something that you can squeeze or pour very slowly from, this stuff is really thin. Soak the area with it & blot with paper towels or something absorbent. It might take a few times, but the stuff will dilute & remove permanent markers, ie: marks-a-lot, sharpie, etc. I have used it many times for just this thing. Oh, wear gloves, it will dry out your fingers.

(b)Editor's Note:(/b) Because this is a glue and not a solvent, I'm not sure how this would work. Please get a rag, put some permanent marker on it and test before using this method. (10/16/2008)

By chris t.

Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

SPOTSHOT spray stain remover takes Permanent Marker right out. My son drew all over our new fabric sofa with a sharpie and this stuff worked like magic! I assume it would work on clothes, etc. but test a spot before going crazy with it! (10/22/2008)

By MorgansMommy

Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

I used regular acetone nail polish remover to get red sharpie off white jeans. You do have to put paper towel behind the stain to blot and it takes a while but I got it all out. (10/26/2008)

By robin

Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

I cannot believe that hairspray and acetone could work so well. I had a light pink cotton knit (very expensive label type) and I didn't realize my dark blue permanent marker did not have the cap on. It stained the front of my top but thanks to your advice, it disappeared. I did roll an old towel between the blouse because it can bleed. Thank you kindly for your advice. (10/29/2008)

By Despina, Melbourne, Australia

Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

I used plain rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, and a q-tip. I then blotted the stain with alcohol-soaked cotton balls but it was taking too long, so I rubbed a q-tip soaked in alcohol on the stain. It worked like an eraser.


FUN FACT: the reason why anything alcohol-based (hairspray, vodka, plain rubbing alcohol) removes permanent ink is because the ink is alcohol based. At least the sharpie/bic-brand, typical perm. marker is alcohol-based because there are non-alcohol-based permanent markers out there. (10/29/2008)

By zmarie

Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

My husband is in the Military. The Air Force just issued new uniforms, but the cost comes out of the soldier's pockets. My husband just purchased one of these new uniforms, it has these little pen holders on the sleeves where my husband likes to put his sharpies for work.

I always check his pockets before I throw them in the wash, but the sleeves are new and I forgot to check. I washed and dried them. My husband put on his uniform today and I about died when I saw the stain(s). I'm hoping some of these remedies work. Crossing my fingers (11/04/2008)

By Christie

Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

I bought my 10 yr old a $40 sweatshirt and the first time she wore it, a friend of hers wrote on it with extra wide blue sharpie. Needless to say my daughter was very upset. I was very excited after I read this and used rubbing alcohol and it came right out. She will be so happy! (11/05/2008)

By lynn

Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

Try a cup of salt without detergent or anything in the washing machine in cold water. I've gotten black dye out of white fabric! (11/05/2008)

Permanent Marker Stains on Clothing

I had black sharpie in my favorite light yellow linen blouse and acetone (polish remover) deleted all like MAGIC.

Thanks for the help! (11/09/2008)

By Adriana

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