How to Get Fabric Marker Out of Fabric

Fabric markers can be great for writing or creating unique designs on clothing items. However, if you make a mistake, you may have difficulty removing permanent marker stains, and you have to start over again on a new piece of fabric.

Well, you may be glad to hear that there are several easy and effective ways to remove fabric marker from fabric. Check out our post below to learn more! You’ll be feeling relieved that you can still use permanent markers without worrying about them staining fabrics.

Baking Soda

  • Use a paper towel to blot the ink stain and remove any wet ink that remains.
  • Next, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto the permanent marker stains.
  • Use a brush to gently scrub the area in a circular motion to get permanent marker ink off. 

Rubbing Alcohol

  • Fold a few paper towels or put a thick towel on a flat surface. The folded paper towel prevents the stain from transferring onto the surface.
  • Place your fabric on top.
  • Apply a few drops of the rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and rub it gently into the marked area until the dry-erase marker stain disappears.
  • Once you remove permanent marker, you can use dish soap and warm water with a clean cloth to wipe away the alcohol and any leftover ink. 
  • Be cautious when using rubbing alcohol on synthetic materials due to how it’s a powerful stain remover and could cause damage to delicate fabrics. 

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

  • Put a towel underneath your fabrics.
  • The acetone contained in hand sanitizer makes it work similarly to rubbing alcohol.
  • Pour the hand sanitizer directly onto the permanent marker stain. 
  • Use a damp cloth to gently rub the ink stain. 
  • Leave it to soak in the entire stain for around 10 minutes.
  • Use paper towels to dry the area before clearing it with cold water and letting it dry again. 

Acetone Nail Polish Remover

  • Apply the nail polish remover directly to a clean cloth.
  • Blot the stain and rub it gently until the stain begins to disappear. 
  • Next, grab a paper towel to dry and clean the area. 
  • Repeat the steps if it doesn’t work the first time.

Hydrogen Peroxide Remove Sharpie Stains

  • Start by purchasing hydrogen peroxide; it usually comes in a spray bottle.
  • Simply spray the solution onto the affected area and let it soak for a few minutes.
  • Use a paper towel or cloth to rub the ink stain until it’s removed completely.
  • You can then clean the area with a sponge so that all the stain is gone.

White Vinegar

  • Apply distilled white vinegar to a cotton ball.
  • Rub the permanent ink stain until it disappears.
  • Clean the area with a damp cloth and dry it with paper towels. 
  • For tough marker stains, you may need to repeat the process until the Sharpie stain is completely gone.

Toothpaste to Remove Marker Stains

  • The toothpaste and lemon juice in a small bowl is effective in removing Sharpie stains.
  • Mix the ingredients until you create a thick paste.
  • Apply the paste to the permanent ink stains.
  • Use a brush to gently scrub the area with some elbow grease before letting it sit for a few minutes.
  • Use a washcloth to clean the area to get the marker out of clothes and any of the remaining stains.

Also read: How to Remove Washable Marker From Fabric Couch


So, that concludes our post on how to remove Sharpie ink from more delicate fabric. Be sure to try out these cleaning methods the next time you want to remove permanent marker stains from your clothes. 

If you have more delicate fabrics or clothes with synthetic fabrics, you may want to try the stain removal process on a small area before applying it to the entire stained area.


Can you use a Magic Eraser on a permanent stain?

Yes, Magic Erasers can be great for cleaning permanent marker mishaps. Simply wet the sponge in warm water and rub the area until the stain is gone. You can then use laundry detergent and put the clothes into the washing machine.

This can work well for Sharpie marks and stains from ballpoint pen ink on different fabrics, including poly blend clothes.

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