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Denatured Alcohol for Stain Removal

Denatured alcohol (paint/hardware dept.) will remove Sharpie and other inks from most surfaces (haven't found one it won't work on yet). Put it in a spray or squeeze bottle, spritz it on the mark (it doesn't take much) and wipe off. Repeat if necessary.


I use it a lot at work and have gotten it on me with no weakened or fade-out spots on my jeans, scrubs, or work towel. These have been washed 100+ times so I would definitely test it on color-fast materials or carpet first to make sure.

It will also dry moisture quickly. I use it in my shower and on my windows before I put on suction cups or stickers and will also help in the removal of the glue that stickers leave behind.

By Handy Sandie from Tallapoosa

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November 8, 20060 found this helpful

Please remember to be extremely careful where you use denatured alchohol as it is highly flammable and should be used with proper ventilation.

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June 15, 20170 found this helpful

Campers use it as fuel for their little alcohol stoves so it will burn if you light it with a match, but the fumes are minimal & NOT highly flammable. It is quite safe for putting on cleaning cloths while inside and safe for storing in plastic containers (unlike mineral spirits). I use it to clean my knitting machine, including the needles and both the metal and plastic machine parts. Adding a few drops of sewing machine oil also inhibits rust.

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