How to Remove Permanent Marker From Clothing

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-20
What You'll Need
Hairspray, Q-tip, paper towels
Nail polish remover and a clean rag
Cream of tartar
Lemon juice

If you've ever had a permanent marker stain on your clothing, you know that simply washing the stain and running the clothes through the wash cycle will not remove it. There are ways that you can go about removing permanent marker stains from many different types of fabrics. In order to properly remove the stain, you'll need to act quickly. Read on for a brief guide on how to remove the stain caused by a permanent marker on your clothing.

Step 1 - Apply Nail Polish Remover

One of the most effective means of removing a permanent marker stain from clothing is nail polish remover. Begin by dabbing a small amount of nail polish remover over the stain. Then use a clean rag to gently scrub the remover into the permanent marker. If that works to remove the stain, wash the clothing after the marker has been lifted from the fabric.

Step 2 - Salt Wash

Another good way to remove a permanent marker stain is to wash the item of clothing on the coldest cycle available for your washer. Do not use a detergent to wash the clothes; substitute with a cup of salt instead. Doing so can often help to lift or lighten stains on clothing.

Step 3 - Use Hairspray to Transfer the Stain

If the stain remains, place a paper towel underneath the stain on a table. Spray hairspray onto the surface of the material that has the stain on it. Dab the stain with a Q-tip. In many cases, the hairspray will cause the stain to transfer from the clothing to the paper towel beneath it.

While doing this, be careful not to spread the stain around with the Q-tip, as doing so may exacerbate the problem.

Step 4 - Use a WD-40 Blot

Blotting a stain with WD-40 can help to get the stain out, especially if it's on a thicker material or a coarser fabric. Apply a small amount of WD-40 and blot at the stain with a paper towel in order to help remove it.

Step 5 - Use a Cream of Tartar and Lemon Juice Mix

Another method you can try is to mix equal parts of cream of tartar and lemon juice together in a cup or bowl. Apply the mixture generously to the area with the stain as well as the areas of the clothing surrounding the stained section. Allow the clothing to sit for a few minutes before running it in a standard cycle wash in your washing machine.

Step 6 - Scrub With Tooth Paste

Use a paper towel to scrub the stained area with tooth paste. Wash the stain with water and repeat if necessary.
Between these various methods of cleaning off the stain, you're likely to be able to largely or even completely remove the permanent marker from your clothing.

One of these methods should have removed the permanent marker stain from you clothing. Hopefully, you won't need to repeat the process on something else!