Don’t hyperventilate! Accidents are bound to happen when it comes to raising kids who are discovering the world around them. Somehow one of their weapon of choice is the marker pen! They’ll be drawing on their skin to feel the texture of the ink and pen nib, they’ll scribble on the walls, car seats and any surface available.
Luckily for everyone, parents everywhere have shared tips and tricks to remove permanent marker marks.
If it’s on the:
Pour rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel or cloth and rub it off. Hand sanitizer is a good alternative too. A softer approach is to dip a cotton ball in milk and wipe over the stain.
If you’re not planning to turn the clothes into a tie-dyed shirt, place the stain face down on clean paper towels. Using a sponge, wet around the stain using rubbing alcohol and then directly on the stain. Continue sponging until all the stain transfers to the paper towels. Rinse the clothes thoroughly after and put it to wash.
Mix a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, a tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of cool water together. Sponge the stain with the solution and leave the solution on the stain for at least 30 minutes. Keep blotting every five minutes with more solution. Lightly rinse with cool water and dab until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and dabbing until the stain is all gone.
Try using a mixture of liquid dishwashing detergent, white vinegar and water solution as used for upholstery. If the stain remains, sponge with rubbing alcohol, let it air dry and dab with cold water. Blot until the liquid and stain are absorbed.
Apply a thin coat of Amodex onto the stains and leave it on for several hours or overnight. Wipe the spot clean with a damp cloth the day after.
If you don’t have an equivalent to Amodex, use rubbing alcohol or colour over the permanent marker stain with a dry-erase marker. Wipe the area with a cloth and the stain should come right off.
Toothpaste is the answer! Just not the gel toothpaste. Apply toothpaste on the stains and rub it off. The other option is to use isopropyl alcohol. Test a bit on the underside of the table to see if it ruins the finish.
Apply hairspray onto the stain and wipe away with a clean cloth that’s damp. Once the marks are gone, finish off with a leather conditioner to protect the leather material.
Toothpaste, rubbing alcohol or hairspray works for permanent marker marks on the walls. After smearing the cleaning weapon of choice on the stain, wipe it off with a cloth.
Picture of a child putting on war paint is from Mum’s Grapevine.