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How To Get Permanent Marker Off Anything

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Y’all. I have 2 kids. I’ve had Magic Marker — that’s PERMANENT marker — on everything from faces, to walls, to carpet, to clothes.

One thing I’ve had to learn throughout the years is how to get those stinking colorful creations OUT of all the carpets, walls, clothes, and off of their skin.

Oh, trust me, it isn’t EASY, but it is POSSIBLE to get that permanent marker off and out of just about everything.

How To Get Permanent Marker Off Anything

Skin — You can start with a gritty soap to get as much of the color off as you can, and then use a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to lift the remainder of that stain off the skin.

You can also try rubbing the hands with hand sanitizer — as MOST hand sanitizers contain that needed alcohol that will “erase” that color.

Always follow up by wiping off the hand sanitizer with something like a paper towel, that you don’t mind getting colorful.

ClothesAmodex is going to be your best friend.


Do NOT get the stain wet — let it dry completely, and then put the Amodex on it.

Rub the Amodex into the fabric with something stiff like a cleaning brush, your finger, the corner of a credit card, whatever you have on hand.


Rub until that stain is GONE — lifted completely — and then throw your clothes in the washer and get them clean.

White Board — There is something about rubbing alcohol. Permanent marker hates it.

Alcohol will lift that stain right off your white board.

Just soak a cotton ball in a bit of rubbing alcohol, and rub until the stain is gone.

Carpet — First, soak the stain in a solution of Dawn Dishwashing Soap and water.


Rub, Rub, Rub that stain with something you don’t mind getting dirty.

If the stain doesn’t lift completely off, use a bit of white vinegar on the stain, and rub some more.

Upholstery — You are basically going to do the SAME thing you did with the carpet stain — because I KNOW from experience that if you have marker on the rug, it is probably also on the couch.

If you try everything, and the stain is too stubborn to come out, try finishing it off with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Plastic — This is a great time to bust out that Amodex again.


Rub that Amodex in, and let it sit OVERNIGHT.

Then, in the morning, you want to rub it off with a damp cloth.

Once again, if that doesn’t completely work, try the rubbing alcohol.

Walls — If I’ve had one beautiful permanent kid creation on my walls, I’ve had ten.

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser has been my best friend when it comes to Magic Marker on the walls.

It is VERY important that you don’t let kids get a hold of that Magic Eraser. It has been known to cause rashes or burns on children’s skin.


PLEASE don’t let that deter you from using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Just keep it up and away from the kids.

Wood — According to HGTV, you can use rubbing alcohol, Acetone-based nail polish remover, baking soda, toothpaste, or that Mr. Clean Magic Eraser you purchased when you found those pesky stains on your walls.

Do you know of any other tips for getting that permanent marker off of EVERYTHING?

Let us know in the comments.

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