How to Get a Wet Erase Marker off of Skin

by Alicia Prince ; Updated September 28, 2017

As the name suggests, wet erase markers are intended to be removed using plain water. Like dry erase markers, wet erase markers are used in a variety of ways — most commonly on wet erase boards and overhead transparencies in educational settings. Wet erase markers often behave like permanent markers on clothing and skin, though this can vary by brand. Each product will affect the marker differently, though usually only one product is needed to remove the ink. Experiment with a small amount of each to find the one that removes your marker, but be careful when using chemicals on sensitive skin or children.

Cover half of a cotton ball with the chosen product.

Wipe the product over the wet erase marker, letting it sit for 20-30 seconds.

Wipe the product clear with a dry cotton ball, then rinse with warm water and soap.

Repeat Steps 1-3 until the marker is completely removed.


  • When experimenting to find the effective product for your marker, rinse the area thoroughly between each application to avoid an adverse reaction.

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Alicia Prince began writing in 2006. She has worked for It's Mitz Productions, Native Range Productions and Skyline Pictures at Paramount Studios, as well as for GeoBeats. Prince holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film production with a minor in writing from Columbia College Hollywood.