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Gently rub coconut oil on skin with cloth and Sharpie comes off instantly!
Use a cotton ball and nail polish remover, works every time!
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.
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.
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.
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How can I remove permanent black ink from my finger pad?
By Gail from Houston, TX
Use Clearasil Stayclear Oil-Free Daily Face Wash. My daughter and her friend used this after they painted their face with Mr.
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.
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My 3 yr old cousin used a purple Magic Marker as lip stick. How can I get it off?
You could use coconut butter for two reasons. First, it is all natural and second, it will help. Put some warm water on it and do it all over again.
My 2 year old wrote all over her face with a black sharpie. I used a baby wipe and it came off easily, no problem.
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
I use wet wipes, baby wipes, or alcohol prep pads.
Teresa in Michigan
Alcohol pads will do the trick. You may need to use more than one if there is lot of ink.
When my friend was all marked up for radiation treatments, she told me that baby oil would remove the permanent marker. Hope this helps.
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
Scroll down to the ThriftyFun archives below on this page and you will find oodles and oodles of suggestions. :-)
It has been months and there is still a mark from a permanent marker on my skin. I don't know what to do. The line is light and not so visible, but still there. Any suggestions?
What do I do after I take the Sharpie off of my face? Right now it burns a little. I'm not sure what to do, but it's not unbearable.
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My 2 year old has ink all over her. Her sister left out the black ink gel pen and our dog chewed it up and she attempted to bring it to me and in return got ink all over her. My question is this, does anyone have any suggestions of how to remove this from her skin. I immediately bathed her and all that did was lighten it very little.
Try using toothpaste. (11/03/2004)
Two things have worked with my girls: 1) use nail polish remover to get the ink off, and 2) use rubbing alcohol. Hope this helps. (11/03/2004)
Try using hair spray. Spray it on, Rinse and rub with water. Just be sure to avoid getting it in her eyes. (11/03/2004)
By Tabby from MO
If all else fails it will just disappear in time. We continuously grow and shed skin cells so the ink should be shed aong with the cells.
By Jo Bodey
When I get ink pen stains on my hands at work (from a leaky pen!) I've found that using a drop of those new waterless hand sanitizers on the pen mark works fantasticly! It makes it disappear instantly and wipes right off! (11/05/2004)
I use a Diaper wipe. It is gentle too. Any brand will do. It does a great job. Also, you can use the Pumice Orange Hand Cleaner. (12/01/2004)
There are tatoo kits for kids now. My daughter had a birthday party and the girls were covered in ink. They had to be clean before they went home. Well we tried tooth paste, peanut butter, and finally hair spray. The hair spray did it. Thank goodness for hairspray. (02/12/2005)
When going places where they put X's on your hands I will put chapstick on my hands before. It also helps it come off if you rub the chapstick on a few hours later. (04/01/2005)
My daughter got ink underneath her fingernail and I could not get it clean. I am so glad I found this site. I took an alcohol wipe and wrapped it around an orangwood stick and cleaned her nail with that. It took a couple of times but it cleaned the ink up. All is well that ends well. (04/26/2005)
By Lynn K.
Just wanted to say thanks to this site! I went to school today and came home with my hand covered in permanent ink--from a friend having a little fun. I have prom in 2 days--and was totally freaking out, but thanks to all of you who said "alcohol" I got it off for the most part, and still have tomorrow to get it off, thanx all! (04/28/2005)
I got off printers ink from my fingers after filling ink cartricages using an old tooth brush and Crest Toothpaste. along with a little patience did wonders. Thanks for that tip! (10/05/2005)
Use spray on sunscreen. It works. (11/02/2005)
We used "Natural Choice" moist wipes from Sam's. It left a very slight faded image of the marker, looks more like an old, old, old bruise than a marker remains, but it worked - amazingly. My two boys wrote all over their faces, near their eyes, on eyelids this was the safest way to clean their faces. (12/06/2005)
A little bleach worked for me with little to no scrubbing (01/12/2006)
My hands were just covered with black printer ink. Thanks for the advice to use bleach. It worked like a charm! (04/27/2006)
I tried the waterless hand sanitizer, and it worked really well! (04/29/2006)
How do you remove permanent ink on skin?
By Barbett Wood from San Diego
Try an alcohol based antiseptic hand wash. That might remove most of it. You will still probably be left with a faint mark though. But panic not, it will wear away. Permanent markers only stain the top few layers of skin, which are dead. So it will go as the skin goes. It's not like a tattoo where the ink is injected into the living skin cells below the surface. (04/01/2009)
My friend had surgery and the area was marked with a permanent marker. She was told to use baby oil to remove it.
Goodness, I never knew there were so many ways to remove it. Good to know. (04/04/2009)