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Removing Sharpie from Skin

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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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By 6 found this helpful
November 16, 2015

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

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By 2 found this helpful
May 28, 2014

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

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February 16, 2012

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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By 3 found this helpful
August 13, 2013

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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By 0 found this helpful
October 22, 2013

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:

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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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By 0 found this helpful
January 21, 2010

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

By Gail from Houston, TX

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February 14, 20100 found this helpful
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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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December 3, 20110 found this helpful
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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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By 0 found this helpful
April 17, 2016

My 3 yr old cousin used a purple Magic Marker as lip stick. How can I get it off?

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May 19, 20160 found this helpful
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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.

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June 17, 20160 found this helpful
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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.

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May 16, 20111 found this helpful

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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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

I use wet wipes, baby wipes, or alcohol prep pads.
Teresa in Michigan

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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

Alcohol pads will do the trick. You may need to use more than one if there is lot of ink.

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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

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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Anonymous
February 6, 20160 found this helpful

Baby oil or hand sanitizer

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September 9, 20160 found this helpful

Yep I just used baby oil and it does work.yahoo

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By 5 found this helpful
January 20, 2011

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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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

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

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April 30, 20170 found this helpful

Washing powder mixed in a bowl with warm water literally just done it ...easy

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By 0 found this helpful
October 31, 2016

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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November 1, 20160 found this helpful

Hand sanitizer

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November 1, 20160 found this helpful

Hand sanitizer, I worked in kindergarten and got sharpie marks off children's hands and face!

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March 26, 20071 found this helpful

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.

Chasity Barber

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Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

Try using toothpaste. (11/03/2004)

By Jo

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Sheryl

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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.
(11/03/2004)

By Jo Bodey

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Becky

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Darrell

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Joanne

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Laura

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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.

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Tori

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Johnny

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

Use spray on sunscreen. It works. (11/02/2005)

By Ashton

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Jay

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

A little bleach worked for me with little to no scrubbing (01/12/2006)

By Jason

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

My hands were just covered with black printer ink. Thanks for the advice to use bleach. It worked like a charm! (04/27/2006)

By Tash

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

I tried the waterless hand sanitizer, and it worked really well! (04/29/2006)

By Lana

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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

How do you remove permanent ink on skin?

By Barbett Wood from San Diego

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Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Rob

Removing Permanent Ink from Skin

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)

By Kay

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April 1, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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April 24, 20090 found this helpful

I have a two year old little boy that decided to express his artistic abilities with a blue Sharpie Marker. I have read the suggestions for walls and furniture, but have not seen any for getting it off of your kids.

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January 20, 20110 found this helpful

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

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November 24, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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October 15, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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August 27, 20100 found this helpful

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

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March 30, 20100 found this helpful

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

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

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?

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August 13, 20090 found this helpful

How do I remove sharpie from my skin?

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May 5, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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November 1, 20070 found this helpful

Hot bath, scrub hard. Repeat, repeat, repeat. If you use salt to exfoliate, it'll come off faster.

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