How to Get Permanent Marker (Sharpie Removal) Stains Out of Clothes

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Kimberly wrote to us and wanted to know if we had any suggestions on sharpie removal, as this marker frequently satins her daughter’s clothes. Here is what Kimberly said: “My daughter returned from school today with sharpie stains all over her dress. I have tried getting the stain out with different stain removers, but none has worked for me. I am now considering tossing the dress, but it is an expensive dress. Can you please tell me how to get the sharpie stains out of the dress?”

How to get sharpie out of clothes

Sharpie is probably the most popular brand of permanent marker. Therefore, most people refer to a permanent marker stain as a Sharpie stain. This type of stain can be quite a challenge to get out of clothes because you may need to try different things to succeed. Many factors can affect how quickly you can get the stain out. Factors such as the type of fabric, the type of permanent marker, length of time the stain has been on the fabric and any previous attempts to remove the stain, can all have an effect on your ability to remove the stain.

Do not wash the fabric without treating the stain first because doing so will most likely set the stain and make it almost impossible to remove. We’ve presented a few cleaning solutions below that you can use to get sharpie stains out of your clothes successfully.

Sharpie Removal – Get Out of My Clothes!

Pick from any of the cleaning solutions below. Sometimes you may need a combination of cleaning solutions to remove the sharpie stain.

Cleaning Solutions

  • Nail polish remover
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hairspray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Amodex Ink and Stain Remover (If everything else fails, this product will get the marker stain out)

Steps to Get Permanent Marker Out

Required Items

  • A few towels
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton balls
  • A few soft cloths

Step 1: Lay a towel on a flat working surface (you can use the top of your washing machine or a bathroom countertop). Place your item of clothing flat on the towel. The towel will absorb some of the stain as you work.

  • If the stain occurs on an item that you cannot lay flat, such as the upholstery of your furniture, then you are simply going to blot the stain.

Step 2: Apply a bit of nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol and use it to blot at the stain. Test a small inconspicuous area of the fabric first to make sure that the cleaning solution does not damage or fade the fabric.

Step 3: Alternatively, you can soak the towel with the cleaning solution and wrap it around the stained area. Leave it to set for about 10 minutes. Then soak a cotton ball with the cleaning solution and use it to blot out the stain.

Step 3: Apply the cleaning solution to a clean, soft cloth and use it to blot the marker stain. You should notice the stain begin to transfer onto the soft cloth and the towel beneath your clothes. Move the stain to a clean spot on the towel, switch to an unused portion of the soft cloth and repeat the blotting action until all the stain is gone.

Step 4: Wash your clothes in the washer as you normally will. Air-dry the clothes outdoors.

Step 5: If yo cannot wash the item in the washer, then rinse the area by blotting the area with a soft cloth soaked in clean water. Then blot with a dry soft cloth or towel to dry it.


  • If you can, get “Amodex Ink and Stain Remover” and follow the instructions on the bottle. It is one of the best stain removers we’ve come across.
  • There are other stain removers that you can use to get sharpie stains out of your clothes. These include, not limited to, MTS40901, Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover, Carbona 3 Ink and Crayon, Goof Off and Mr. Clean EXTRA POWER Magic Eraser.
  • Use a clear nail polish remover. The colored ones can dye your fabric.
  • WD-40 is also an excellent stain remover. Test it on a small inconspicuous area of your fabric before proceeding.

Did the above method work for you or do you have any tips on how to get sharpie (permanent marker) out of clothes? Please share with your fellow readers by leaving a comment below

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