Removing Dry Erase Marker From Fabric

June 11, 2018

My 1 year old was playing with dry erase markers and got some all over his t-shirt. My husband didn't pay attention when he did the laundry, so it's gone through the wash and the drier already. Is there anything I can to get it out?


I tried sunscreen, dish soap, several different fabric cleaners, and the stain still looks the same. It was his only good outfit and I can't afford to get him another, so it's really important to me to get this stain out.


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I have used hairspray and had luck on most fabrics. Try this with a small spritz on an edge of the stain and make sure the stained area isn't touching the unstained area as you don't want to spread the stain. Spray and use a clean white rag to wick away the ink. It may take several times, but it usually removes the stain. Wash in a regular wash when done to get spray residue out.

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March 7, 2010

My daughter got blue EXPO Dry Erase Marker on her new bedspread. I applied Amodex as directed two times and the marker is still there. Any advice on how to remove the marker would be helpful.

Maria, Ava's Mom

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Nail polish remover or hairspray. Good luck.

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January 24, 2019

I was studying for exams one day and I was studying on a dry erase board with the marker. I accidentally got the marker on my hundred percent cotton quilt how do I get it out?


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January 24, 20190 found this helpful

You can try hairspray. Try in a hidden spot first.

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January 25, 20190 found this helpful

I would use rubbing alcohol. Put the stain-face down- on paper towels. Dab alcohol from the back onto the cotton quilt.


As the paper towels pick up the stain, remove them and replace with clean paper towels.

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January 25, 20190 found this helpful

Whatever you try, do it on a small spot first to make sure it doesn't ruin the colors. Also when working, make sure that you keep a rag or junk towel under the spot you are cleaning. I have made the mistake of using hair spray to remove the stains and had the piece laying on top of itself and transferred the stain to another spot. That was a bad lesson to learn :(

Some people swear by Murphy Oil soap if it is on a white section, but beware, it can pull the fabric color along with the marker. Any of the solutions can do this, so use them sparingly and work it out slowly so you don't make it worse.


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December 16, 2008

A homemade quilt got dry erase marker on it. The quilt is pink and white squares and the marker color is red and black. We would love to know some way to get the marker out of the quilt. Thank you!

Amy from Provo, UT


December 16, 20080 found this helpful

Wait to see if anyone else gives a better answer, but I thought that kind of marker was washable, use some "Shout" type stain remover. OR ask a teacher. I am sure Jonnie got her white pants last year. If ya know what I mean, lol. Good luck

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August 17, 2012

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