How To Get Rid Of Permanent Marker Stains From Anything

So you had a permanent marker in your pocket and the inkwell explodes all over your work shirt. Or your kid got hold of one and decided the living room wall was their next great canvas. Unlike the water-based whiteboard marker that rubs off with damp tissues, permanent markers are, well, permanent, and no amount of scrubbing can get it out.


Unless you use the right tool and strategy. Here’s how to remove permanent marker stains from:


1. Clothes, Upholstery & Fabrics

Clothes and Fabrics
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For a quick and easy fix, use a mixture of distilled water and white vinegar. Dab a little of the mixture with a clean, white towel onto the stain you want to remove, and dab and blot the ink out. But don’t rub! Vigorous rubbing will only serve to spread the stain and make it worse. You can then wash the rest out.


Other cleaning mixtures include hand sanitiser (the one with alcohol), rubbing alcohol, or a mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar. All available items you probably have lying somewhere in your house.


2. Walls

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If you (or your kid) grabbed the wrong marker and went to town all over your walls, don’t fret. Permanent marker stains will come off with rubbing alcohol or toothpaste. Dab to remove the stain, because rubbing it too hard could risk removing the paint and damaging the surface of your wall. Rinse off with water and detergent after.


3. Wooden Floors And Furniture

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Got some ink on your wooden chairs and parquet floors? This could get a little messy, but try out peanut butter to remove the stain. Place a little bit of the treat onto the stain and leave it for a few minutes to work out the stain. Blotting and dabbing it a little will help with the process as well. Make sure to clean with water and soap after! If you’re a little grossed out by using food to clean, you can try using toothpaste instead.


4. Leather

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Whether your work shoe, your sofa, or that prized biker jacket, a stain on leather looks almost irredeemable. But don’t worry! You can use aerosol hairspray to remove the stain. Like with the others, blot and dab rather than rub to avoid spreading the ink and to minimise any abrasive damage to your item. If you’re short on hairspray, white vinegar or sunblock could work as well.


5. Plastics


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Permanent marker stains can easily be removed from smooth plastic surfaces by, well, just waiting for the ink to dry and rubbing it off with a towel. But for a cleaner solution, you can use hand sanitiser, or a baking soda and toothpaste mixture. A dry erase marker or melamine sponge can easily remove stains as well.


6. Skin


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If it’s your – or your kids – arms that have become an impromptu notepad, you’d probably want to avoid harsh chemicals. Use hand cream, sunscreen, or even coconut oil to remove the stain. Pour a little bit of either onto the stain, rubbing it on gently, and wiping it off. Other useful alternatives include baby oil or even shaving cream.


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