How to Get Marker Out of Clothes

Are you looking for ways to remove permanent marker stains from clothes? If so, you’re in the right place.

Below, you can find some of the best methods for removing permanent marker stains from clothes that work quickly and easily. 

Rubbing Alcohol

  • Grab a folded paper towel and place the clothing on it with the ink stain facing downwards. This prevents the stain transferring to the surface underneath.
  • Apply the rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth and dab the stain gently. 
  • Once the marker stains begin to come off, you may find that you need to use another cloth to continue absorbing the ink.
  • When the Sharpie stain disappears, you can wash the clothes in a washing machine with laundry detergent to remove the rubbing alcohol along with the remaining stain.

Distilled White Vinegar

  • Apply the vinegar to a cotton ball
  • Dab the stain gently and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot the stained area until it disappears. 
  • If you have a particularly stubborn stain, repeat the steps to get permanent marker stains out completely.
  • You can then clean the clothing in your washing machine. 

Nail Polish Remover

  • Pour the nail polish remover onto a clean cloth and blot the Sharpie ink mark.
  • For tougher marker stains, you may need to reapply the solution and continue blotting the entire stain.
  • Once you remove Sharpie stains, use a paper towel to wipe the area gently with a circular motion.
  • If the dry-erase marker stain remains, repeat the steps until you remove the marker stains completely.

Hand Sanitizer

  • Apply your alcohol-based hand sanitizer directly onto the oily stain. 
  • Gently rub the Sharpie marks with a washcloth until you remove the permanent marker ink. 
  • Use cold water to rinse the synthetic fabrics to remove all of the permanent ink before putting them into the washing machine. 
  • For tough marker stains, you may need to improve this stain-removal process.

Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to a cloth and blot the Sharpie stains.
  • After letting it set for a few minutes, use a clean cloth to dry the area and remove as much ink as possible. 
  • You can then wash the clothes according to the fabric’s instructions. 
  • If the Sharpie marker stains remain, repeat the steps to remove the ink stains completely.

Also read: How to Remove Dry-Erase Marker From Clothes


Now that you know more about how to remove dried permanent marker stains from your clothes, you don’t have to panic the next time you have an accident. Instead, you can simply use the cleaning methods above to remove the permanent marker stain. Happy days 😉


Can you use lemon juice to get permanent marker ink off stained clothing?

Yes, you can combine lemon juice and toothpaste into a small bowl. Mix it until you form a paste, and apply it directly to the ink stains. Leave it to sit for 10 minutes before using cold water to wash out the stain and the paste. 

The combination of lemon juice with baking soda can be an effective stain remover to remove permanent ink stains.

Can you use a Magic Eraser to remove tough stains?

Yes, Magic Erasers can be great for removing permanent markers from staining your clothes. Be sure to blot the permanent stain before using a damp cloth. This is a quick method for removing Sharpie stains.

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