Removing Sharpie from a Cloth Doll?

I bought an American Girl Doll at Goodwill and they wrote her price in Sharpie on the cloth body: any advice for removing this?

Beth from Chapel Hill, NC


American Girl Doll

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By Barbi (Guest Post)
November 20, 20071 found this helpful

Hairspray might work. Any kind, the cheeper the better.
Spray and blot, over and over and over...
I use it to get pen ink out of clothes.

September 26, 20190 found this helpful

Hair spray did not work at all. It's on the cloth body and not the body parts. It's still there. I tried scrubbing a little bit of Dawn for dishes on a clean cloth after the hair spray. It did lighten it a little but not completely gone. I tried Dawn a 2nd time and it did nothing. Any other recommendations?


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September 26, 20190 found this helpful

Try isopropyl alcohol. This might remove the dye in the fabric though so use caution and check a hidden area first.

Good luck!

November 20, 20070 found this helpful

Have you tried alcohol or a product called goo gone or bleach? I have used these to remove marker from different objects.


Make sure clothing is removed. I hope one of these will help you. Happy shopping (thats one of favorite stores).

By angel (Guest Post)
November 20, 20070 found this helpful

try the product OOP's. you can get it from

good luck!

November 20, 20070 found this helpful

Try the magic eraser.

November 20, 20070 found this helpful

I've used nail polish remover to get sharpie off of plastic. Maybe that would work.

You got an amazing deal on the doll!!!

November 21, 20070 found this helpful

Wow, what a bummer that they did that! I've had luck before with getting permanent marker off of plastic by using a dry erase marker in the same color by tracing over the writing and wiping it off. It takes a few times though, and might just make it worse since it's on cloth... I'd try maybe to match a flesh colored paint and paint over it as close as you can.


Or paint most of the back section to the seams to make it look like it was meant that way...Or cut it out and sew it up to give her an original "scar" so the doll will need extra love and attention:)

November 21, 20070 found this helpful

I know you probably don't know for sure if it is Sharpie brand or another, but you might contact the Sharpie company and see if they can offer any helpful hints on how to remove it. Hope this helps!

By angel (Guest Post)
November 23, 20070 found this helpful

I am a chemist and we use permanent marker all the time in the lab. Try alcohol first. Alcohol is a really good solvent for removing permanent marker, but on cloth it will probably bleed, so do the blot technique. Be VERY careful with nail polish remover.


It may actually melt any synthetics that the doll may be stuffed with! Bleach will bleach the fabric as well as weaken it. I know the Magic Eraser works on walls, but I don't know about fabric. Good luck!


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