How to Get Washable Marker Off Wall

Washable markers can be super fun for kids to use and let their creative side run wild. However, if they end up getting ink on your walls, you may start to panic. 

Well, no need to worry any longer, this post takes you through the best methods that you can use to remove washable markers off your painted walls quickly and easily. 

By the end, you’ll be feeling more assured about the different options and the processes that are involved. 


  • Toothpaste is a common cleaning ingredient that can be incredibly effective when removing washable markers from walls. 
  • Start by adding toothpaste directly onto the stain. 
  • Ideally, the toothpaste should be white. 
  • You can then use a soft bristle brush or a cloth to gently scrub the stain until it’s gone.
  • Lastly, use a clean rag with warm water to wash away any leftover residue. 
  • You can repeat the process if the stain isn’t completely gone after the first time. 

Baby Wipes

  • If you have water-based ink on your walls, simply using baby wipes can be an effective method. 
  • Apply the baby wipes to the affected area and blot the stain until it’s gone. 
  • It’s important to blot rather than rub, as that can make the stain worse.
  • Once the permanent marker stain has been blotted away, use a dry cloth or paper towel to pat the area dry. 

Baking Soda

  • Start by combining baking soda and warm water in a bowl.
  • Mix the two ingredients until it forms a paste. 
  • Next, use a soft bristle brush or a rag to apply the paste onto the washable marker stain. 
  • The baking soda is effective at breaking down the ink pigments quickly.
  • Gently scrub the area until the washable marker stain is gone.
  • You can then wipe the area clean with a damp rag or microfiber cloth and soapy water.

Magic Eraser

  • Magic Erasers can be super handy when it comes to removing marker stains off walls. 
  • Run the sponge under warm water.
  • Rub the damp sponge directly onto the marker stains using a circular motion.
  • Once the stain has disappeared, you can dry the area with a clean cloth.
  • You may need to repeat the Magic Eraser process if the stain is particularly stubborn. 


  • Dip a soft bristle toothbrush into a solution of white vinegar. 
  • Apply it directly onto the marker stain making sure to gently scrub it in a circular motion.
  • Once the permanent marker stain is gone, use a damp cloth to clean any residue before drying it with a separate cloth. 

Rubbing Alcohol

If the above methods have proven to be ineffective or there are still faint marks on the wall, rubbing alcohol is the next best option.

However, we recommend testing out a small amount of rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous section of your painted walls before applying it to the stain. This gives you the chance to see whether it has a negative effect on the painted walls.

If it does, you may not want to continue using it on the rest of your wall. But if it doesn’t react badly, you can follow the steps below.

Apply the rubbing alcohol to a rag and gently wipe the washable marker stains until they’re gone.

Then, use a clean cloth and warm water to rinse the area clean. If the marks are still visible, you can continue rubbing and repeat the process.

You may want to wear gloves as rubbing alcohol can irritate sensitive skin.

Also read: How to Get Marker Off Wall


After reading through our post on how to remove marker stains from walls, we hope that you’re feeling more assured about the various methods involved! These techniques work for water-based inks, alcohol-based inks, oil-based inks and more.

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