Removing permanent marker from skin

Removing permanent marker from skin… Removing permanent marker from skin Ah, yes, you know we’ve needed this advice in the past and probably will again in the future. The nice people at Sharpie advise us to:

Take the child into a warm soapy bath and gently stroke the area. Never rub as this just buries it deeper into the skin.. The best soap to use is Gerber Giggles and Grins. Apply it to the area and gently wash away. If that doesn’t do it, gently stroke the area with rubbing alcohol (rinse well and put the rubbing alcohol up high right afterwards of course).

If the permanent marker is also on surfaces and other items, this list of 8 ways to remove permanent marker should help…

6 Responses to Removing permanent marker from skin

  1. Linda #

    My three year old also played with his father’s black sharpie and got it all over her hands! Fortunately, I use this product called Amodex Ink and Stain remover…which works great on surfaces and fabrics and apparently also works great on skin. I was afraid to try alchohol on her and I used this product instead because it is non-toxic and it lifted the ink RIGHT OFF!! I don’t know whats in it, but it is a mild soap and it works really quickly. I found it online, but its also available in some stores.

  2. Elizabeth #

    My, about to turn, 3 year old got up in the middle of the night and found a sharpie that my husband left out and now I need to figure out how to get this stain out of her NEW P.J.s, I’m a bit frustrated. I used the magic eraser to remover the marks from the desk, but am at a loss for her clothes. By the way, the store brand of the Magic Eraser works really well!
    And to Nichole, I’m sorry but your story just made me laugh! I know it was frustrating for you, but it’s a cute story that you can use against him when he’s a teen!! Too bad he didn’t draw the “hair” on your husband! That would’ve deffinately tought him a lesson! I’m not laughing about the sleeping husband though, mine does the same thing…

  3. NICHOLE #

    just had to do this and gerber soap does work. my four year old colored in some chest hair and arm hair while his father was sleeping today. didn’t even have to use the rubbing alcohol although now i will have to discuss with husband the importance of not sleeping when he is supposed to be watching the kid!!!!

  4. Larae #

    Great tips! I knew the rubbing alcohol tip but I never felt safe using that on little ones. Thanks for sharing! =)

  5. Tracy #

    So does Gerber own the Sharpie Corp.? That’s funny how they call out that exact soap to help rid your child’s skin of the perm marker… nice marketing ploy for sure!

  6. That’s a good one, as my DS thinks everything is for face painting!

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