How to Get Rid of a Sharpie Stain

by Jessica Bold

There will be a time on your life where ink from a permanent marker will find its way onto your clothing. When it happens, you may think that the clothing item is ruined forever. However, with some quick action and elbow grease, that stain will be a distant memory and the piece of clothing saved to be worn in the future.

Items you will need

  • Water
  • Clean sponge
  • Toothbrush
  • Commercial stain cleaner
  • Protective gloves
Step 1

Rinse the clothing item in clean water or blot the stain with a clean, wet sponge. The sooner this is done after the marker gets onto the clothing item, the better the odds are that most, if not all, of the stain will come out.

Step 2

Place the garment into the sink or bathtub.

Step 3

Put on solvent-resistant gloves.

Step 4

Pour the commercial cleaner onto the stain. Be sure to keep the commercial cleaner inside the sink or bathtub to avoid getting the cleaner on other clothes or carpet.

Step 5

Scrub the stain with an old, throwaway toothbrush. Be sure to scrub the stain on the inside and outside of the garment.

Step 6

Rinse the garment to remove all excess cleaner.

Step 7

Wash the garment with your regular laundry detergent but do not put it in the dryer. Drying or putting any type of heat onto the garment will set the stain.

Step 8

If you notice that you missed any part of the stain or if it has not been completely removed, try scrubbing the stain with the commercial cleaner again and then re-wash the garment. Continue these steps until the stain is gone or light enough that it is no longer visible.

Tips

  • Old home remedies to help remove or lighten stains include soaking the garment in milk and/or scrubbing the garment with hairspray, rubbing alcohol and/or acetone nail polish. If the stain is small enough it may be able to be covered using a paint pen or dye.

Warnings

  • Always wear protective gloves when using any kind of chemical.

About the Author

Jessica Bold holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Bold has been professionally writing for one year, primarily for ehow, with articles focusing on and relating to education.