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Scrubbing a temporary tattoo can take a long time if you scrub it with soap and water. A quick and easy way to remove one is to use rubbing alcohol applied with a cotton ball. Just wet the tattoo with alcohol and rub it with the cotton ball. After about three applications, the tattoo will be gone. It takes about 30 seconds to remove.
I've used a bit of oil (like olive oil). I apply a little, let it sit for a minute or two, and then rub off with a washcloth.
I had a few Halloween temporary tattoos on my front windows that didn't want to come off. I tried nail polish remover and it worked. The trick is letting it soak in for about 30 seconds.
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My children were given temporary Christmas tattoos at a festival. I can't get the tattoos washed off their faces! I've tried soap and water, makeup remover, hydrogen peroxide, and canola oil.
Melanie from Colorado Springs
Try rubbing alcohol. (12/15/2006)
Try rubbing baby oil on it. That may work. If not, Huggies baby wipes have worked for me in the past... my 5 year old likes tattoos, and they take it off, you just have to work at it a little bit! (12/15/2006)
Rubbing alcohol sometimes works. I've never tried it but I think nail polish remover might help. (12/15/2006)
We used to take a little bit of baby oil to remove them from our kids.(12/15/2006)
Try hair dye remover. (12/18/2006)
I use rubbing alcohol on my kids and it always works (12/18/2006)
Waterproof sunscreen lotion will remove them every time! (04/28/2007)
I was looking here for help. I have tried everything. The tattoo disappeared with just a little dab of fingernail polish remover! (09/23/2007)
I used milky make up remover ...worked very well. (11/05/2007)
Nail polish remover works great. (03/18/2008)
Get a pumice block like that used to smooth elbows and heels. (Dr. Scholls or similar.) Scrub very gently (children's skin is more fragile than adult's;) using the block and some cold cream or Noxzema. Keep the pumice particles out of little eyes. The same caution goes for nail polish remover if it is tried. (10/23/2008)
By Red Neck
Baby on a towel... the temp tatoo comes right off! (12/07/2008)
Use mouthwash with peroxide and wipe it off.
Olive oil on a paper towel rubbed on the tattoo works great and doesn't irritate the child's skin. (01/25/2009)
We tried olive oil, baby oil, and baby wipes; nothing worked.
The best suggestion... scotch tape! Worked in one second. Amazing! (02/27/2009)
My Granddaughter needed her temporary tattoo removed for a dance recital and I tried most of the suggestions with no success. In desperation I used Goo Be Gone. The tattoo came off instantly. (06/17/2009)
The scotch tape worked a treat! Thanks heaps :-) (10/31/2009)