How to Remove Permanent Marker

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Did the kiddos get a little “creative” with their coloring? Cleaning things up isn’t so hard with this tip:

  • Try covering the marks with toothpaste then scrub off with a damp cloth (just plain–not the gel kind). I’ve tried this on wood paneling, painted walls and even a porcelain doll face.

ExampleWorks like a charm for me, but didn’t work out so well for you? No worries, there’s a list of more ideas below.

First, this is an experiment I tried on a wood table which had old permanent marker stains. Another several years old abuse. I decided to try toothpaste and they lifted quite nicely.

What I Did: I simply rubbed some in, left it for a minute or two and then took a soapy, wet dishcloth (excess water squeezed out) and rubbed out the stains going with the direction of the grain of the wood. I had to apply some pressure, but it worked!

Caution: Be careful about using toothpaste, make sure to choose a regular kind that doesn’t contain any abrasives. Especially when working on items with a fine finish (such as wood furniture) since you don’t want to scratch the surface.

Update:

Here are more helpful tips I’ve organized from readers in the comment area below (for use on wood, walls, floors, clothing–all kinds of things):

  • Color over spot with a dry erase marker, wipe it off and it should pull up the ink too.
  • Try erasing with a pencil eraser.
  • Spray sunscreen over top (don’t leave on wood too long or there may be damage).
  • Apply a bit of hair spray.
  • Spray insect repellent over the ink.
  • Mix 3/4 cup household ammonia with 1 quart water and soak the clothing or laundry item in the solution (tie up the pail of cleaner with the clothing in a plastic garbage bag for 24 hrs).
  • Wipe them away with baby wipes.
  • Hand sanitizer gel rubbed into the spot then washed away does a nice job.

Have I missed your tried & true remedy? Please share it in the comments section below!

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Published: December 9, 2006
Updated: August 18, 2012

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307 Comments to “How to Remove Permanent Marker”
  1. Micah says:

    DUDE! My 2 year old daughter wrote all over herself with a permanent sharpee marker and so I tried to get it off with toothpaste and IT TOTALLY WORKED! My wife will never know that it happened while I was babysitting!

    • Trisha says:

      Please HELP! I soldmy children’s bunkbeds, but my 4 year old daughter got sharpie all over it. I tried toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, bug spray, and nail polish remover and nothing works! PLease Help!

      • Nik says:

        Get and Expo Marker (the kind you write on white boards with) and color on the sharpie ink. Then wipe it with a dry cloth, takes both the Expo marker ink off and the sharpie ink with it.

        • Jacque says:

          HOLY COW!!!!! This so worked!!!! My friends Sharpie exploded all over my kitchen table and I used an Expo pen first but it dried up so I finished with an SRX whiteboard pen and it still worked!!!! Thanx soooooo much! Nevr would of thunk of that!!!

        • Denise says:

          thanks that works great. i got permanent marker off a keyboard with expo dry erase marker

          • Nevaeh says:

            Dont try any of these!!! They ruined my walls and it still is on the walls!!!

          • Amber says:

            I learned that the hard way. Spent 3 hours making a white board chart with permanent marker so that I could just fill in info and erase when updating was needed. Filled in info with my expo and when I tried to erase a mistake…..my chart started to disappear :(

      • Brenda says:

        for furniture with marker on it try a pencil eraser

      • brianna says:

        try marker remover… lol it works!!!

      • Dawn says:

        My husband left a black permanent marker in the pocket of his shorts…I failed to check his pockets before washing a load of clothes, and the result was black markings all over the inside of the dryer and all over our clothes. I used spray on sunscreen and it totally removed it. Every bit!!! It was easy too. Just thought I would share this with you guys

        • Kristy says:

          The sunscreen worked on my microfiber couch my son drew on with a perment marker. I can’t believe it but it did. Thanks a bunch.

          • Marie says:

            I just tried spray-on sunscreen on my tabletop. It took the black marker right off. I can’t believe I have my table back to normal!

        • Jakki says:

          after you spraied on the sunscreen did you put it back in the wash?

          and do you think that would work on a school bag?

        • mike says:

          used coppertone sunscreen spray. it completely removed multicolored 6 month old marker stains on my new white metal washing machine!

        • Mary says:

          Praise God for sunscreen!!! I read all the tips before I tried and it worked like majic!!! I bought my son a real fine guitar for Christmas. His fellow band member took a sharpie to it to draw their logo. Shoot…he couldn’t even color in the lines! I was a little more than just ticked off. I was really concerned about destroying the fine wood finish. I did a test spot and no harm done. It was a rather large area. The sunscreen was instant and easy. I just poured it on and lightly rubbed it off with a towel. I’m impressed. And needless to say….in a much better mood. Thank you all for this fantastic remedy.

        • mandi says:

          how did you get it out of the clothes I only have kids spray on sunscreen will that work

      • Courtney says:

        Try hair spray i’m doing a sceince fair project and that worked best.

      • rebecca says:

        i would try shoe cleaner 2 weeks ago i tried it and it worked perfectly! Good luck!!

      • joy says:

        try hairspray with a baby wipe. If that’s doesn’t work try water down conditioner

      • Katey says:

        I know it sounds crazy, but it works (for more than just marker, by the way) but brake fluid works wonders! It dulls the gloss on paint only just a little, but the ink comes off. I’ve also used it to remove automotive grease from white silk & not only did it remove the stain, it didn’t harm the silk! I wouldn’t use it on skin, though it won’t really hurt the skin…

      • Lee says:

        Try WD-40, My 2 year old did the same with our chest of drawers, worked just fine

      • may says:

        2yr old got permanent marker n our solid oak stand. Fiance thought it would come off with guardsman furniture polish -.-” Only thing i figured it would do is put a protective layer OVER the marker. Anyways, we tried banana boat spray on sunscreen.. that worked a TINY bit. Then we found some plain white toothpaste and that worked much better! we had to use a bit of elbow grease but it got most of it off you can barely tell anything happened.

        • gina says:

          OMGGG the toothpaste worked like magic seriously i literally got the reg toothpaste from my house left it on for about 2-3 min and scrubbed it out actually i didnt even have to scrub that hard it literally came right out just like how how hairspray does on clothes with pen or pretty much anything else i couldnt believe it it worked so good its like its brand new

    • Katy says:

      Thank you so much, my daughter freinds got permanent marker on my light grey leather car seat… they had written on their bodies with marker to go to stagecoach… ended up on my seat. This works! got it right out without damaging the leather. My car smells good too. O:)

    • Candy says:

      It worked PERFECTLY for me too! My 3 year old did the same thing on my MacBook Pro and I couldn’t believe my eyes. It worked like magic.
      Thank you so much. Toothpaste is the new “duct tape” for 2010!

    • tonia says:

      toothpaste and baby wipes worked great on my computer desk but not on my two yearold!! I put him in the tub and smeared a thick layer of toothpaste all over his arms, legs and face where he had drawn on himself, let it set for about 5 minutes then washed him off using and exfoliating scruber and no luck!! I haven’t even tried to get the marker off the quilt yet!!

      • Rachel says:

        try any of these • White Vinegar
        • Warm water
        • Mr. Magic Eraser
        • Warm or cold water
        • Rubbing Alcohol
        • Toothpaste (non-gel just plain white)
        • Dry erase marker
        • Paper towels
        • Antibacterial hand gel
        • Non-Oily Hairspray
        • Cooking spray
        • Nail polish remover
        • Bleach (depending on the surface)
        • WD-40
        • Milk
        • Tide to go stick
        • After shave
        • Spray on sunscreen
        • Black Coffee
        • Isopropyl Alcohol
        • Toothpaste mixed with baking soda
        • Salt (and nail polish remover)
        • Insect repellent
        • Baby wipes
        • Eraser
        • Shoe Cleaner
        • Brake Fluid

    • Michael says:

      Its not babysitting if its your daughter

    • Chris says:

      Tried the sunscreen and it worked great on our wooden dining table. Sprayed it on and wiped it off right away and it came right off!! THANKS A BUNCH!!!

    • HONEY says:

      Good save there Dad!…What she doesn’t know will keep you out of the doghouse…LOL…

    • Kit says:

      To remove permanent marker from BRICK use rough sandpaper. I tried toothpaste, sun screen etc. Nothing worked! One swipe of the sandpaper took it right off my adobe fireplace bricks!

  2. JW says:

    Thanks for this great tip. Toothpaste removed permanent marker from my wood desk in a matter of seconds.

  3. Emily says:

    This tip helped save my antique desk! My daughter used a permanent marker but forgot to put something under the paper,so it soaked through. I was so worried it wouldn’t come off, or that if I tried something like goo be gone it would ruin the finish. Thanks for the tip! Toothpaste….who knew?!

  4. stinkman says:

    thank you so much, i got permanent marker on my moms table and the tooth paste took the marker out perfectly

  5. Tricia Melton says:

    Discovered a new solution: spray-on sunscreen removes permanent marker even better than toothpaste! Just spray on and it dissolves instantly. Note: do this over a sink as the marker will just run right off!

  6. Kecia says:

    My son wrote on the wall with a green Sharpie Marker. Three years later I tried toothpaste and lighter fluid it did not come off. I used Cutters insect repellant and it removed the permanent marker from my wall!

    • ari says:

      that is coolim going to have to try that.
      why did you wait that long?

      • Rosie says:

        I was in the laundry room with a permanent marker but the marker stopped writing. I started shaking it to get the ink flowing and didn’t realize that I had gotten the ink splattered all over the laundry room tile floor, the wall & door and on my white front loading washer and dryer. I tried using nail polish remover, WD-40; hair spray, bleach/water solution and Goo-Gone. The nail polish remover removed some of the ink but left a big purple glob on my white dryer. I read your suggestions and tried the insect repellent (Off-Deep Woods and Cutter All Family Insect Repellent) on my dryer and IT WORKED!!!!!! It took 5 or 6 applications to get the job done. This did not work on the wall or door but it did work on my shiny floor tiles. Next time I shake a permanent marker I will use a zip-lock bag and prevent any mishap! Thank the Lord for your web-site!!!

  7. april says:

    thanx “I LOVE TOOTHPASTE IT’S MY NEW BFF” it removed perm. marker from my flat screen computer monitor!!! thank god

  8. TipNut says:

    Oh my gosh April you are brave, I don’t think I would have dared try toothpaste on my flat screen monitor! lol!

  9. Marie Figueroa says:

    GREAT TIP, my 2/o daughter got red permanent all over the computer desk, it came out perfectly thank you. I never knew toothpaste could be so powerful. Thanks a bunch.

  10. Michael J. Howard says:

    I had my doubts, but the black sharpie my daughter wrote on the walls with, almost evaporated when I tried the spray on sunscreen…..I do not want to know what is in that stuff, just know that it keeps the sun and the sharpie from places I do not want it.

  11. Kathy D. says:

    My 4yr. old decided to decorate the wall with a sharpie marker in royal blue.. I tried everything, and nothing seem to work until I used the off insect repellent. I am still trying to get the rest of it out of my couch, but the fabric is harder to get it off of. any suggestions?

  12. TipNut says:

    Hi Kathy, how about trying toothpaste (rub it into the stain) or nail polish remover?

  13. Tom Davis says:

    You could try a product called WashAway, it works well around our house. It removed some resin stains from my White Sox jersey back in the early 90′s. It has worked to clean out a lot of stains around here but those were the toughest. Try it with a toothbrush!

  14. sara says:

    You could also try hairspray. . Saturate the spot completely and let dry. Then attack it with a regular upholstry cleaner and scrub the stain out. You might have to repeat this a few times, but it works. . I’ve used this trick on permanent marker on clothing, as well as permanent hair color. . works like a charm!

  15. Mary says:

    Worked great!!! i had my doubts but it did what i needed it to do! Thanks a bunch!

  16. Dan says:

    WOW!! Can’t believe it worked!! We are so happy!!! Worked right away off of a $2,000 desk – black marker and all!

  17. Dave says:

    I got lots of marker on my new parket floor, so i tried everything but the winner was “SUNSCREEN” it is amazing.

  18. Don says:

    YOU ROCK….our 4 yr old wrote on our flat screen monitor..I was panic stricken. After a very deep breath, did a search and found you first hit. 3 minutes later I had a clean screen..Thank you so much

  19. fictionslayer says:

    My son drew some pictures on typing paper with a black sharpie without anything under the paper and got marker on the oak kitchen table…after looking at this site i used some toothpaste(the jell type was all we have in the house)…took it right off…thanks for the tip

  20. CraftyCarole says:

    you so rock. My 3 YO drew a HUGE circle on our kitchen table. I tried part of it tonight and will be finishing tonight after the kids are in bed (and don’t want to play with the toothpaste like mom!)
    Thank you SO SO much!

  21. stephanie says:

    My friends and i at camp were going to be in huge amounts of trouble because my friend wrote her name all over the wooden bunks, and i told everyon to get their bugspray, and we did and by wetting it with the bugspray and then wiping it off. it came off fantastically, the camp director never knew!

  22. Lilly says:

    oh my goodness, i got a mark on my finace’s wooden coffee table, while marking dresses in a catalog, and i about had a heart attach, i did a search on-line found you first, and to my suprise the toothpaste worked, i’m amazed, and am so glad that he’ll never know. thanks, you saved my life!!!

  23. Megan says:

    Thanks so much! Toothpaste actually worked! I accidentally got blue Sharpie on our good new dining table, and I tried EVERYTHING – white sprits, hairspray, bug spray…nothing worked. It’s been two months and I was getting ready to call a furniture restorer for a quote on fixing it when I saw this thread and figured why not? A few dabs of White Glo and 60 seconds of scrubbing with a soft scrub and it was gone! The finish isn’t even dulled! You’re awesome!!! =p

  24. Jody says:

    toothpaste doesnt take off SHARPIE off PAINTED WALLS! haha but, i found out that LOITION TISSUES takes SHARPIE off of sunglasses!
    because my little cousin messed up my whole room with sharpie && i found some weird ways to get it off

    SHARPIE CAN COME OFF OF:

    sunglasses by LOTION TISSUES
    TV screen by a dry eraser (like on a pencil) !

  25. lauren says:

    hello-
    does anyone have any tips on how to get permanent marker (sharpie) off of the top of laptops?

    not the screen, but like when it’s closed. it’s a dell finish, not like the apples.

    it would be much appreciated!!!

    • lisa says:

      I had Sharpie writing on my Vaio laptop next to the touch pad (DON’T ASK) – I tried nail polish remover, it just faded it but didn’t take it off. After reading here, I got my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF 70 out and sprayed it on – came off COMPLETELY with ONE WIPE OF A PAPER TOWEL. You can’t tell it was ever there.

      Of course, now I have to figure out how to get sunblock off my keyboard…

  26. lauren says:

    ps tried toothpaste, WD-40, rubbing alchohol, hairspray — no luck.

  27. Tipnut says:

    Hi Lauren, try:

    - Rubbing Alcohol
    - Color over marker with dry erase marker, wait a few seconds then wipe away (the permanent marker might come off with the dry erase)
    - Artgum eraser – try rubbing the stain away

    See more ideas here: Remove crayon from walls

  28. Laurel says:

    Bug spray has pesticides in it – very harmful to human health and should never be used more than necessary (the sunscreen mentioned may be one containing bug repellant) wouldn’t use it – try toothpaste or hairspray instead

  29. Jesse says:

    Had a run in with the Sharpie fairy(cough) 3y/o (cough) he decided Mommy’s antique oak bar needed a contemporary touch… tooth paste to the rescue… dabbed it on and wiped right off.. fantabulous! Any ideas of how to stop drooling??

    Thanks for the ideas!

  30. kaykay says:

    HELP!! My 2 year old daughter got permanent marker all over my new microfiber recliner!! please help, my husband is gonna freak!! do u think i could use rubbing alcohol??

  31. kaykay says:

    p.s. it’s dark purple and i have been scrubbing for an hour with a stain remover for fabric. notta!

    • lizz says:

      KayKay, did you ever have success? Our toddler drew lines all over our microfiber couch and light tan throw pillows. Hand Sanitizer didn’t seem to work, but I only squirted it on and then immediately tried to blot it up . . . should I have let it sit for a while?

  32. TipNut says:

    kaykay try a small spot in a hidden corner of the couch before you use a stain removal method to make sure it doesn’t stain or affect the microfibre. I think rubbing alcohol would be safe, but I’d check first before using.

  33. dalia says:

    OMG!!!THIS IS LIKE TOTALLY A LIFESAVER!!!IT TOOK THE STAIN OFF OF MY LIKE TOTALLY NEW DIGITAL CAMERA!!!!!!4 EALZ

  34. Diane says:

    Does anyone know what I could use to get mosquito repellent off a table? There is a finish on it. Got all off but where my son blasted it in one spot. I used the Mr Clean Magic Eraser on the rest of table- which also works well with markers, crayons, just about everything!!

  35. MM says:

    this did not work 4 me!!!! i tried it 3 times and of coarse it isn’t as noticeable, but you can still see it :(:(:(:(:(:(:(

  36. amy says:

    How about taking permanent maker off of concrete or cement? My 4yo decided to color on the porch ledges and I can’t get it off. Have tried toothpaste, nothing. The insect repellent started to take off some but left most of it. please help.

    • Lily says:

      I wrote on my mirror with marker before realizing that was a totally stupid idea. I sprayed it with deodorant and it wipe straight off!! It works with metal and concrete too!!

  37. TipNut says:

    Amy I would hose down the ledges really well then try scrubbing in a very generous amount of fingernail polish remover (soaked in for a few minutes).

    If that doesn’t work, the outdoor elements might just take care of it for you (will take some time though).

  38. gabby says:

    thanx ssssssssoooooooooooooooo much my new nintendo got marked on and if my mom would have seen i would have been grounded for the rest of my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Christy says:

    Ok…PEASE help! I’ve tried everything listed above to remove my kids supposedly washable marker off my BRAND NEW HOUSE!! In less than 10 minutes, my 3 kids took a red marker and colored three bedrooms, and all-white bedroom doors, cabinets, closet doors, a crib and an armoire!! Hair spray did clean up the crib and armoire. Everything else seems to remove a little bit of the red marker from the painted white doors, cabinets, etc., but leaves a red residue. NOTHING has worked on the painted walls.

    HELP ME!

    • Katrina says:

      I accidentally got sharpie on the inside of the fridge on the white plastic walls so I tried colgate toothpaste after researching it on my iPod (thank god for technology nowadays :D) and after alot of hard hard hard scrubbing and rubbing with my fingers I finally got it off. I can’t believe my mom didn’t notice it before i removed it! So if you have any nonporous plastic-like materials in your home that got coloured on you should try this it really wOrked for me :) tip: it might be a better idea to use a rag or a toothbrush or something because y fingers were a bit sore afterwards :P

  40. Brigitte says:

    I need some major help here! One of my twins threw a green marker (not a crayola washable) into the dryer. I dried all of my clothes and now there are streaks of green all over my entire load of laundry, including my daughters jersey for ball. I don’t know what to do b/c they were dried with the marker……..HELP!!!!!!!

    • beth says:

      ink can be removed from clothing very easily by putting 3/4 cup of ammonia to 1 quart of water and letting it sit for 24 hours. You need to get a bucket and line it with a garbage bag and then add the ammonia and water solution. Submerge the clothing into the solution and tie up the bag for 24 hours and it will take out ink.

  41. TipNut says:

    You can try these tips Brigitte:

    Ink Stain Removers

  42. Stephan.M says:

    wow dis really works ,my 2year old nephew wrote all over my computer moniter and i got it off with the tootpaste trick

  43. Marie says:

    MY GRANDDAUGHTER DREW ON MANY THINGS WITH BLACK MARKER, BUT ON A WHITE PAINTED WALL. I TRIED THE TOOTHPASTE AND SUNBLOCK, STILL HAVE THE MARK. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY OTHER IDEAS? THE LANDLORD IS COMING IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.

  44. Marie says:

    I WENT BACK AND TRIED A THIRD TIME. THANKS FOR THE TIP, IT WORKED! I CAN STILL SEE IT BUT IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO SEE IT. PROPS TO WHOEVER FOUND THIS TIP.

    • mom of 3 says:

      What was the third thing you used? My 3 children used colored sharpie markers and decided to change the color of my fireplace room. Walls are not white but they are a pinkish color and NOTHING is working.

    • mom of 3 says:

      I need a quick fix. some of you may have read that my three children got different color marker all over my painted walls, well here is the not so fun part. The house is sold now and we have 10 days to get everything of ours out and get the perm. marker off the walls. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!! Toothpaste, sunscreen, rubbing alocohol they DIDNT work.

  45. Sarah says:

    WOW TOOTH PASTE, THANK YOU THANK YOU DID I SAY THANK YOU!!!!!! My 3 year old colored on my flat screen monitor, my desk and my dresser with green sharpie. It is all gone thanks to your tooth paste hint.

  46. nancy says:

    I have heard this works haven’t tried it yet…but my daughter used Permanent purple marker basically all over the walls in my house, been using Bleach, but i think im gonna try this but i cant take the fumes from the bleach anymore..its horrible

  47. Kimberly says:

    I got home from work to find my husband had let our daughters color wearing their fanciest pastel dresses with bright a RED marker. He had a stain removal secret I didn’t know about. Much to my surprise and delight the marker came right out by rubbing each stain with baby wipes and placing a paper towel under the stain. The marker went right into the paper towel. Worked impressively well.

  48. Samantha says:

    Well my wonderful 2 1/2 year old son decided it would be cool to try and draw on my man’s overly sized computer monitor…it’s a Mitshubishi Diamond Pro 2040u…anyways…i tried the toothpaste idea and all it did for me was leave a pleasant smell on the screen and nothing more…but then i used Cutter’s Skintastic and it came right off!!! he even got it aournd the screen on the plastic part and it had the same affect. i would deff. recommend this idea. :-D

  49. John says:

    spray on sunscreen works like a miracle

  50. sure did says:

    My lovely children opened my work bag in my truck and proceeded to color all over my back seat. What would be the best thing on all the vinyl??

  51. TipNut says:

    sure did, check out this page for a discussion about that: thriftyfun.com, lots of info there about your problem. Good luck!

  52. Denise says:

    I’m freakin’ out right now. My 2 year old just learned how to draw spiders and is so proud of herself. The other day she was drawing and decided the paper was boring and drew spiders all over our expensive maple coffee table with black permanent marker. After reading here I’m gonna’ try the toothpaste but I just discovered that she also drew ALL over our 65 inch big screen on the actual screen. I’m scared to try toothpaste on that. Any tips? Also, for those needing to get marker off of walls, etc. try the Magic Eraser bar in the cleaning aisle at the store. They are incredible and take anything off of walls, no kidding. They’re amazing. Make sure you read the instructions and get it just the right amount of damp.

  53. chicupfront says:

    My daughter wrote on brand new plastic chair just purchased from IKEA. Sunscreen worked great to remove this permanent marker! Thanks so much for the tip!!

    • carrie says:

      I buy alot of stuff from the local Salvation Army Thrift Store and small appliances(food processors, blenders etc..) and lamps are priced with permanent marker; the sunscreen worked great! I might put a note on the shelves where these things are displayed! Can’t be the only one with the secret (:

  54. Melissa says:

    Omg thanks sooo much I got permanent marker on the computer desk while my mom was out and I freaked out and I searched for how to get it off, found this, tried it and it came off in seconds, before my mom got home! Thank you soooo much you saved me from getting in ALOT of trouble!

  55. Jenny says:

    Just tried the spray sunscreen to remove permanent marker from my wood cabinets. Worked perfectly!!
    Thanks for that tip.

  56. sona says:

    Thank goodness for the advice on the site! My 3 yr old girl drew with black permanent marker all over our flat screen laptop. Toothpaste and water got it right out. Thanks for the tip!!

  57. katelyn says:

    i tried every thing and the only thing that worked on that marker stain is sunscreen it might sound stupid but it helps try it.

  58. brandy says:

    I tried the toothpaste when my son decided to draw on my wall with a black sharpie….it didn’t work for me. I decided to try Kecia’s idea to use mosquito spray. The marker just dripped right off the wall onto the paper towel, thanks so much. I don’t know what I would have done if I couldn’t have found something that worked (probably would have painted over it). Thanks again.

  59. Tinerer says:

    Had some magic marker on metal and plastic electronic parts. Toothpaste did work but required alot of elbow grease as well. Off skintastic worked like magic, much better. As for the pesticide comment above???? If it is safe enough for your skin it can’t possibly damage your electronics! (ha ha)

  60. Ed Walker says:

    I can not believe it. My daughter just covered my laptop and my desk in black sharpie and glass wipes wouldn’t do anything to it some toothpase and a damp rag cleaned both. Amazing!!!!

  61. Margo says:

    I used toothpaste on my satin finish kitchen table to remove red marker. The toothpast worked, but I now have a shiny area and it doesn’t match the rest of the finish. I used toothpaste, not gel and without whitening. I tried alcohol to remove any remaining toothpaste. Any suggestions on getting back to the original finish?

  62. TipNut says:

    Try some mineral oil Margo, rubbing that in might just do the trick.

  63. melanie says:

    How can I get permanent marker off of carpet?

  64. Stephanie says:

    My boyfriend’s nephew accidentally got permanent marker on our new table. [wood] My boyfriend looked up how to remove it on this website and we didn’t believe that the toothpaste would work. We tried it just as a joke and I can’t believe that it REALLY came off!!! I agree with April…Toothpaste really is my new best friend! lol

  65. Sherrel says:

    Vindictive ex-boyfriend used permanent marker all over computer screen and mousepad. Toothpaste worked for monitor, but not mousepad. I also tried nail polish remover, no luck. THANKS FOR ANY HELP!

  66. kristy says:

    I saw something on Utube about removing permanent marker..I couldnt believe it, aerosal hairspray took the marker off, Ipods, cell phones, etc.. I tried it on my lighswitch plate my son decided to “decorate” and it sprayed right off!!!!

  67. Liz says:

    Vandals used a permanent marker on my car’s tinted window’s. Any safe ideas to remove?

    Thanks

  68. AlwaysAMess says:

    Wow! That’s amazing! I just bought a new wood desk and I was circling things in a catalogue with a permanent marker and I dropped it! I was so upset! But then I saw this and I tried it and now my desk looks brand new again!! I am so happy! Thanks!!!!!

  69. Sandy says:

    My two year old called my name to show me her “artwork.” I was greeted with black sharpie on wooden french doors, on our tan dog, her shirt, on my classic acoustic guitar and on cream colored carpet. Of most concern was my guitar. I tried with a damp rag and nothing. Then found this site and tadah! with Aquafresh white toothpaste it worked like a charm on the two surfaces. Now I need to try the carpet. And later we can give the dog a bath. Wish me luck!

  70. Bob says:

    I tried everytyhing I could possibly think of today to get blue permanent marker off of my walls, desk, wood floor, kitchen cabinents, etc. Nothing worked better that Cutter Mosquitoe Spray…it did not get the3 marker off of my interior trim though…any suggestions

  71. Erin says:

    My son colored on our brand new table with permanent marker, i was worried and the toothpaste worked like a charm! Im so relieved!

  72. Jim says:

    Actually, my brother drew all over the table with sharpie, and we used crest toothpaste to get it out with a wet damp rag, it works perfectly! Thank you so much!

  73. Melissa Hackelberg says:

    How do I remove black permenant marker from concrete? Having an open house in 2 days!!! Help!!!!!!!!!!!! Melissa

  74. veronica lewis says:

    It WORKED!!!!

    My 4 year old wrote in marker all over my Mac computer & I couldn’t get it out. The toothpaste did the trick- whoever posted that tip- THANK YOU!!

  75. Kristen says:

    My 2 yo daughter discovered our hiding place for sharpie markers and colored all over our new oak kitchen table. My husband FREAKED! I immediately found your website and tried the toothpaste. It worked taking off the initial black marks but still the shadow of the marker was left. So then I saw the posts about spray sunscreen and insect repellent. I used both and now you can’t see anything at all. My husband thanks all of you!

  76. Mel says:

    My 13 year old daughter had alittle attitude problem and wrote all over my deep freezer with permenant marker. Tried paint thinner and alcohol, nothing worked. Found this website and tried it with toothpaste. It took a little while to come off, but it worked. Thanks

  77. Rachel says:

    While I was putting my son to bed, my 3 year old daughter found a permanent marker and colored on my brand new dark wood night stand! My husband is going to kill me. I tried the toothpaste but it did nothing, now I have permanent marker and looks almost oily where I tried rubbing it. Any suggestions. PLEASE HELP!!!

  78. Lindsay says:

    OH my! I’m the director of a daycare center and one of the kids got a hold of a permanent marker and had a blast all over our white cabinets. We just so happened to have spray on sunscreen and it worked WONDERS!!! Took it off with practically no effort! I’m sharing this tip with all the parents :-)

  79. stan says:

    I had my apartment broken into and “tagged” by some lame ass wanna be “gangstas”. They took permanent marker to my 19″ flat lcd computer screen. Before going out and buying a new screen i thought i’d do a quick search. tooth paste? What do i have to lose right? Saved me at least $100 in buying a used monitor.

  80. Julie says:

    Toothpaste worked like a charm on my computer desk, computer monitor, and entertainment stand. Spray sunscreen worked perfect on the walls!!!! (My two year old went on a sharpie rampage!)

    THANK YOU!!

  81. Laura says:

    We (probably me, truth be told) decorated my kids wood dresser with one of those gel decals designed for glass. The color has stained the wood. (nice black skeleton head.) I have tried the toothpaste and sunscreen tips above (and bleach, and magic eraser, and softscrub w/ bleach) to to avail.

    Any additional ideas? Thanks.

  82. Anna says:

    Mr Clean Magic Eraser works great to take sharpie pen off walls. I tried bleach, toothpaste, sunscreen etc but as soon as I used the Magic Eraser it came off. Just wet the eraser and it works!!! Yay!

  83. Bee says:

    Is there a way to get permanent marker off of plastic?

    I got some marker on a pair of fake glasses on accident.

  84. Dr. J, says:

    i have white semi gloss paint on the walls, which has now been decorated with a black sharpie. unfortunately, none of your wonderful ideas have worked!!!

    please, any chance you have one more tip that you have not shared yet? i will be very grateful!

  85. Dr. J, says:

    necessity is the mother of invention. since i did not hear back from you with a tip that would work, i had to figure out something…

    thus, i combined everything that was mentioned…i first applied toothpaste and let it sit for a couple of hours. then i took nail polish remover combined with cleanser and scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed even harder. then i took the mr. clean eraser to get the fine black marks that were left.

    each one of these things alone did not work, but in consort, they did the job. it is amazing how many people have been faced with the same challenge.

  86. Dr. J, says:

    if any one is reading this, i did want to know what you did after you put on all these things and cleaned up the marker. as i said above, i used many things to get it off, and now i smell toothpaste. should i just use water to try to wash off all the products?

    thanks in advance for any suggestions

  87. TipNut says:

    I’ve used a mild detergent with water to wash off all the toothpaste and have never had any troube with the smell or any residue Dr. J.

  88. Alicia says:

    i am doing a science project for school and i have to find out which products remove permanent marker the best what 3 products r the best to use on egg shell painted walls and semi-gloss painted walls???

  89. SHERRI says:

    the toothpaste is awesome. my 22mounth old got a bold tip blue sharpee & drew all over my white desk & Apple flat LCD screen. I used Colgate Total white paste toothpaste NO RUBBING. I gobbed it on thick, waited 10min & used 50 wet paper towels so that if it smuges I only wiped gently. My screen is fine– no residue no marks & he really drew all over the screen & side panels & keyboard. Whew, I am at total falt, no more makers in this house.

  90. Quinton says:

    Just wondering if you had any ideas on how to remove marker pen from the interior dash of a car. Im pretty sure its vinyl (black) but it has a pattern through it(not entirely flat). Will toothpaste do the trick or will it do more damage?

  91. TipNut says:

    Quinton I *think* it would be ok to use on vinyl, but you should test on a hidden spot first just to make sure.

  92. Kermi says:

    Ok, just tried toothpaste on my flatscreen computer moniter, my 1yr old did a little sharpie scribbling!! It worked!!! Thank you, I’ve been living with it for weeks because I was too scared to try anything on it. Thanks again.

  93. Dana says:

    After using everything in my house to try to get out a sharpie all over my microfiber couch, I resorted to looking on the internet on how to remove magic marker and the tips were great. I thought about going to Walmart to try to find something before the stain set in but I tried the insect repellent and it worked. Some spots I had to use some muscle and scrub and I am sure if I let some spots soak I wouldn’t of had to tried so hard. My couch, the ottomen and chair almost look better than when I first bought them. The insect repellent also worked on an ink pen spot that has been on the couch for months and I couldn’t get out. With the ink, no scrubing at all, it just came out.

    Thanks so much, I am going to refer this site to all of my friends.

  94. Kelly says:

    Hello,

    Just a tip: AXE brand deoderant spray gets sharpie marker RIGHT OFF. My brother had drawn all over his dresser, and then my mom sprayed it on the sharpie spot, and it was gone! Also, it takes sharpie right off mirrors as well.

  95. Bob says:

    If anyone gets Ball point pen on Microfiber furniture, make sure to use Hand Sanitizer, found at most Grocery stores, as it worked awesome.

    • Michele says:

      Be careful with Hand Sanitizer, though! My kids squirted some in my living room and it took the finish off my coffee table and my fake stone fireplace hearth! It does work to remove stains from fabrics and carpets, but make sure you test in an inconspicuous place first!

  96. sheena says:

    TOOTHPASTE!?!? Who’d a thought! Thanx SO much! My 2 yr. old drew on my brand new $700 coffee tables with a blue sharpie! I was panicked! My husband would have FLIPPED! Now he’ll never have to know…

  97. Sabrina says:

    Hand sanitizers, those little bottles of gel like Purell or the kind from Bath & Body Works, are freakin’ MIRACULOUS for removing permanent ink/ sharpies— it practically melts right off! Kinda scary how well this works . . .

  98. david says:

    wrote a pc code down on paper with a red sharpie which bled through the paper… sensodyne toothpaste removed it like a charm…thanks.

  99. Leanne says:

    I’ve been housesitting and my son accidently got permanent black marker all over my Uncles beautiful wooden desk. I did the toothpaste trick and thought, this isn’t going to work.So I waited 2 minutes then rubbed it with the soapy cloth, without too much effort and it came off. Thank goodness, he’s back tomorrow.
    So thanks for the tip. Brilliant!!

  100. Janie says:

    I fell asleep for like a second. My 4 yr old nephew wrote all over the walls, refrig, my coffee table my son just made for me, the doggie door, and the carpet. The toothpaste worked great on most of it…now what do I do about the carpet? He said he wanted to “name” everything.

  101. kd says:

    thank you all sooooo much. my husband just bought me a new table with bench seats, and my 7 year old forgot that sharpies soak through paper. i was leary to try anything as i didnt want to ruin the wood. i tried the toothpaste, it helped but didnt get all of the marker out. so i tried the sunscreen, and that helped more, but left very light marker stains………then the off bug repellent……instantly the marker was gone. thank you all so much for saving my new table and benches.

  102. brian says:

    worked great, had red sharpie on table that was just refinished, no trace of the sharpie

  103. Caroline says:

    My grandaughter marked on my table this morning. I just tried the toothpaste it was great. I am so glad I looked this up. Thanks

  104. Aaron says:

    Try a majic eraser. It worked great for me.

  105. TRELL says:

    My two year old scribbled with a black sharpie all over her sister’s strawberries and cream desk. I sprayed and wiped it with OFF insect repellant. I was able to clean the desk completely within seconds!!!!!!

  106. sarah says:

    hi my son has just drew permanent marker dark blue all over my new wood table i tried toothpaste and alcohol and deodrants and room spray and sun screen even vodka and bleach no luck i then tryed avons dry oil body spray 4.00 just sprayed it on n rubbed it off with toothbrush every last bit off !!! thank god !!

  107. mandermoga says:

    use nail polish remover with a Qtip to remove permanent marker from your lcd screen

  108. Mandy says:

    i need help, my cousin and i were goofing off and used a fuchsia sharpie permanent marker and drew in our hands. i didn’t expect it to rub off on my laptop and now it has pink stains on it. I tried using toothpaste, sunscreen, polish remover but nothing worked. I mean it took it off a little but there still a fade pink stain on my laptop. By the way, my laptop is White so its very noticeable. PLEASE I NEED HELP!!

  109. Jade says:

    thanks for all ur help. My brother put permanent maker on the table. My mom panics and I found this site.thank u so much.

  110. Anthony says:

    Toothpaste worked like a charm to take off the black permanent marker on my daughters white painted dresser!

  111. Rose says:

    seriously amazing!! toothpaste really works, saved my new table

  112. Jody says:

    you are a lifesaver! My 3yr old drew all over our flatscreen w/ red perm marker. The toothpaste worked like a charm! Thanks for posting!

  113. Annette says:

    I was able to get black Sharpie marks off my Dell laptop’s soft (and very absorbent)cover. The toothpaste wasn’t very effective – but the winning combination was spray-on sunscreen combined with bug repellent. I had to repeat the process a few times (spray, wait, wipe off)- but it eventually came off, and kid got to live.

  114. ccmomma says:

    A few things- nail polish remover removed the paint on my wall, but got some off the doors. toothpaste did nothing, as did sunscreen,eraser and dry erase. The only thing that worked any amount was GOJO which is a cleaner for mechanics hands. It also smells nice and orangey. However, since all the paint is worn off I just used posters over the spot and will repaint when my kids are older.I was interested to note that many posters added things like “my husband freaked,will freak or is freaking…” interesting isn’t it? Glad to see , though, that I am in the same boat. If you are reading this and you are a husband– remain calm. It is only marker.

  115. apryl says:

    Any ideas on how to get red sharpie off car interior? Not the fabric or leather seats, but the dash, doors, things like that? Please help! My 9 year old wrote her name in the back of my car and dad is ready to kill her!

  116. Ellen says:

    Be sure to warn people not to leave sunscreen on wood too long. I found this site because I am looking for a way to repair the damage to the finish on my table. I didn’t realize sunscreen had leaked on it until too late. It ate right through the finish. I may try the turpentine and linseed oil.

  117. Rhiannon says:

    I don’t know who posted it, but to the person that said hand sanitizer…. THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!

    I was up late last night, and accidently fell asleep on the couch this morning. My 4 y/o son decided that he was going to go behind the couch and “decorate” the wall with a black Sharpie! I came on here and tried toothpaste, but it soooooo didn’t work. Took off a little bit, but left most of it there. Then I saw where someone had posted hand sanitizer… like Purell. All I had here was Germ Blaster… made by germ-X. It kills 99.99% of germs… AND Sharpie marks!!! Thank you so much for this!! I will definately be passing this on to other moms!!

  118. Mandy says:

    My 2 year old son got sharpie on my tv and toothpaste got it right off! Thanks everybody!

  119. william says:

    help my son wrote on the ground of the church next door with one of those markers you use to decorate car windows will it come off concrete and with what can i use

  120. Lauren says:

    My kids just decided to write on my kitchen floor with permanent marker. I have tried all your suggestions but nothing is working. PLEASE HELP!! Thanks

  121. Jenni says:

    I got permanent marker on my laptopnear the keyboard….I tried the toothpaste and the dry erase marker…neither of them worked. I saw that some used hairspray, so I tried that and IT WORKED!! Thank you for whoever suggested that!!

  122. heather says:

    TOOTHPASTE DOES REMOVE PERMANENT MARKER FROM COMPUTER SCREENS. You’ll do anything when you’re desperate… especially when it comes to saving a laptop worth over a thousand dollars… so, like any normal person, I took the advice of some random stranger on the internet and smeared toothpaste all over the permanent marker marked across my Dell Inspiron computer screen – after smearing, I rubbed off the toothpaste w/ a damp cloth, as suggested, and off came the marker.. in like two seconds! It’s a miracle!!! A MIRACLE!!! ; )

  123. Krystal says:

    My 5 y/o decided she was going to practice writing her name and drawing on the toilet! I tried the toothpaste thing anf had no luck! So I tried hairspray, again no luck! Well I decided to get a brillo pad and scrub away! And I have succesfully gotten almost every bit of black sharpie off the toilet seat and lid!

  124. Karen says:

    The avon skin so soft bug spray worked really good at taking the permanent marker on a new kitchen island when my 3 year old decided to draw on it it worked quickly too!

  125. Jan says:

    We had a Graffitti attack in the neighborhood on our new garage door–others- on white or light colored vehicles. We were able to wash off the white shoe polish-like paint, but now there is what seems to be like a black sharpie pen writing. If we use alcohol we think it will leave a flat finish Graffitti on the shiny surface paint. ???? The police and the garage door manufacturer don’t know or won’t say. Help!? Jan

  126. christy says:

    Toothpaste worked perfectly! Thank goodness! I thought I was going to ned to re-paint my wholw wall over!
    Thank you for an amazing tip!!!!

  127. Malachy says:

    Try Oxyclean. Worked for us to remove permanent marker that leaked through a sheet of paper into the wood coffee-table beneath.

  128. wish says:

    black sharpee on white plastic side of gym shoe – ive tried, orange cleaner, bug spray, spray tan lotion, toothpaste, hairspray, dry erase, magic sponge, and rubbing alcohol….. what else can i try – i saw a post of hand sanitizer – guess i’ll do that……does anyone know WHAT ELSE??

  129. Ab says:

    I read all the tips here and elsewhere and spray on sun-screen seemed the best – and it worked completely for maker pen on paint – it actually dissolves the marker pen.

    I can see toothpaste working as its is a fine abrader – lightly scratching it off but dissolving is better.

  130. Lea says:

    how about permanant marker on a very expensive picture I had done by a photographer. It is cardboard backed and has a protective uv coating on it so you can frame them without glass!!

  131. Larry says:

    OMG! I tried Isopropyl Alcohol, Nail Polish Remover and WD-40, Nothing Work Except for the Tooth Paste.. It worked like a charm, the Permanent Marker came RIGHT OFF. Thank You so Much!!!

  132. Linda Weening says:

    My grandson used permanent marker on the wood coffeetable and the vinyl floor. After trying every cleanser in the house I remembered the hairspray trick. Hairspray will take it off easily. It also worked on a bedspread.

  133. Payton says:

    I was doing an art project for my class with sharpie markers and it was almost perfect until I wasn’t paying attention for just a moment and messed up. Well I thought there must be some way to get it off, so I googled it and found this answer. At first I thought “well thats just silly, but it cant hurt to try!” So I tryed it. And it came off perfect no marks left behind at all! Thank you.(:

  134. Theresa says:

    Carburator cleaner removed permanent black magic marker from the white bath tub and it also removed red fingernail polish off a cream colored carpet. You can not even see the spot! Amazing

  135. Babs says:

    Thank you! I’m cleaning out a closet in my Sig. O’s house, and the wood paneling ic absolutely covered permanent black marker, and sharpie’s. I’m using Colgate toothpaste, Suave hairspray, and Murphy’s oil soap – in that order, and ALL of the ink is coming off! THANK YOU!!! Now I won’t have to look at the garbage his sons wrote all over their closet when I’m filing papers and putting away craft projects!

  136. Ellie says:

    So, i had an autograph on the back of my ipod which was worth really nothing. and now i want to sell it, so i tried the tooth paste and it just came right off!
    thanks :)

  137. dada says:

    toothpaste worked but still has left over residue of the marker.! i need something better. thanks for this tip though.

  138. CHRIS says:

    i TRIED SKIN-SO-SOFT BT AVON AND IT WORKED ON THE LEATHER BUT THE REST OF THE CAR(LIKE THE TOP AND SUNROOF COVER)ARE BADLY STAINED. ANY THOUGHTS OUT THERE?MOST0

  139. Mal says:

    We left a permanent red marker in a pair of jeans and ran dryer. I tried most of these tips and nothing worked. However I tried another tip use 2 cups bleach and some water in a bucket. Use some old towels in the bleach/water solution and throw in dryer on high. This totaly works!!! I thought our dryer was ruined forever but it took all the stains out

  140. Michele says:

    The dry erase marker trick worked on my LCD TV screen. Whew! Just to be safe I used a black dry erase over the black Sharpie marks, then wiped gently with a dry paper towel. Good as new. On the kids I used toothpaste. They had a blast cleaning themselves (and each other) with toothpaste and toothbrushes!

    • Carole says:

      I was going to use the dry erase marker but couldn’t find one. Instead, I tried the pencil eraser mentioned above for our flat screen TV. It worked GREAT!

  141. Brittany says:

    HELP.! HOW DO I REMOVE SHARPIE OFF A JERSEY.?!HELP IS VERY MUCH APPRICIATED.!

  142. Rose says:

    OMG thank you!!!!! i got sharpie on my mum’s table and nearly died !!!!!!! thank you sooo much i would have never thought toothpaste could get marker pen off thanks a bunch!!!!

  143. Paul says:

    Thank you. My 5 year old apologized as i was on-line checking my e-mail. Knew something was wrong. Turned around and the table was marked up pretty good…:(

    Did the toothpaste thing, worked like a charm

    Thanks again…

  144. Ashi says:

    hahaha!!! thank you guys! i am so happy.. i accidentally marked my laptop screen with a permanent marker.. it is just a small dot but i don’t want it to be on my screen! i tried 50/50 water and isopropyl alcohol first.. it didn’t work! then i tried sunscreen! and no more mark!!!!

    thank you guys! next time when i am writing with a permanent marker, i will stay away from my laptop. me bad!

  145. Sandra says:

    HELP! My son colored with “mess-free” finger paint from Crayola while I was feeding our twin babies. 30 minutes later the clear gel soaked into our wood table and is now yellow…

  146. Joe says:

    I just want to say thanks for the tooth paste tip, I am a security gaurd and youths had graffited on one of the bill boards on our site and this is a requirment that we notice theses youths and stop them,

    Any way i went for my patrol to find they had used a fat permenant marker across the board however on looking found this site,

    I gave it a try as i tryed white spirits, brush, quite a few things however when i applyed the tooth paste i left for 20 secs then started rubing right away the pen began to diapear i was amazed thanks,

  147. chris says:

    Toothpaste took the permanent marker off my guitar perfectly!!!

    Very easily found and cost effective :D

  148. Janet says:

    I’ve been looking through this post and I haven’t seen anyone with my particular dilemma. My 5 y/o drew all over my 17 y/o’s hand-painted rocking chair with red Sharpie. My older daughter received this rocking chair from her grandmother when she was a baby so it’s very sentimental. I’m afraid that if I take the Sharpie off, the hand-painted design will come off too. I guess it’s already ruined, but if it can be helped, I don’t want to use the wrong remedy. Any suggestions before I try one of the solutions already posted?

  149. Carmen says:

    I have tried absolutely everything mentioned here. NOTHING is working.
    I’m trying to sell my daughters wooden bunk bed. She has written on it with green and blue sharpie. Is there anything that actually works to get it off pronto!? Could I sand it off?

  150. Mon says:

    Hi. I accidentally shoke a bottle of black calligraphy ink and it flew everywhere, including my walls. I tried to use baby wipes which only removed a little bit and smeared some. I tried toothpaste and that didn’t work. What should I do to remove it? Thanks very much.

  151. Jessica says:

    Hairspray…the cheaper the better…Aqua Net works great for removing marker.

  152. Kiley says:

    I got green sharpie marker on a vinyl ottoman got some of it off, mainly lightened it.. What should I use??

  153. Rosie says:

    Normally I use googone, but it did not work this time. I had marker from my daughter trying to make me a picture on the wall for a week now. I have tried googone, toothpaste, and then I thought after reading from this site to use hand sanditizer. IT WORKS HOLY !! I was so happy that it came off because it was green marker on beige wall in the dining room. Anyways, thanks for the suggestion. I will def be comming back to this site if I have another problem.. Lol!

  154. mark says:

    The tothpaste really works…

    I bought a camper trailer and the salesperson had written “SOLD” on the outside with a permanent marker. I scrubbed it with a tiny bit of toothpaste and it came off.

  155. Rose says:

    I bought a pair of red (non-leather) high heel shoes with gold marker on it for a steal price hoping to get off this mark. Checked out this website for ideas. Realized I had a WD40 pen, was hesitant to try it in case it left a mark…but extremely happy that it worked!

  156. Glen says:

    Thank you sooooooooo much, I just tried toothpaste on a white wood desk and it works!!!!!! As my wife foolishly left a permanent maker without the lid on our brand spanking new baby’s bedroom furniture. Our poor little two year old daughter managed to get her hands on it and made a very long black mark on the desk. I thought all hope was lost as the pen being a permanent, instead I looked on internet and found your website and saved the desk with toothpaste. Thanks again!

  157. Angela says:

    I am trying to paint my garage which my son has used spray paint and permanent marker on the walls. They keep bleeding through…what am I going to do?? I have already put 2 coats of paint on the walls and ceiling. Someone please HELP!!!

  158. J'Lee says:

    My friend got sharpi on my skinny jeans. Does anybody have an idea on how to get it out?? Im DESPRITE!!!!

  159. BookHarpie says:

    Guess what. Toothpaste worked on our wood floor, but 409 worked even better. Neither hurt the finish. W00T! One happy mama.

  160. Lenny the nerd says:

    I made some sharpie marks (in error) on my nice new table. I really didnt think toothpaste had a chance. But – well you already know. It worked perfectly. And is non toxic!
    Awesome. Thanks

  161. Beaux says:

    Oh my gosh!!! I had just found where one of my grandchildren marked on my fine dining room table with a marker this morning. I was freaking out………my husband was going to be furious………But, I found this website and immediately tried the toothpaste recommendation. Specifically, I had Colgate Cavity Protection, which is solid white. I used a very tiny amount on the very smallest mark to test. To my amazement, it totally got that marker out without any obvious damage to the finish. I then carefully used very teeny amounts of toothpaste following the outline of the bigger marks………..waited a few seconds and rubbed. On the bigger marks, I had to do a second application. But by golly, got the entire stain off without damaging my table’s finish. My marriage should survive!

  162. Trish says:

    My granddaughter drew flowers on some very thin paper. The marker colors went through the paper onto a blond wood table. The dry eraser scrub took every stain out!! Thank God, because it wasn’t my table!

  163. Jer says:

    I have a problem with dry erase markers and wood. I accidentally wrote on a wooden door thinking the dry erase marker would come right off, and it didnt.
    I’ve tried alcohol, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and nothing’s really worked.

    I plan on getting some sunscreen and bug spray tomorrow,
    but is there anything i can do?

  164. Mike says:

    Toothpaste works great!!

  165. Dawn says:

    Me my mother and older sister just got a used mobile home given to us and in my room there was magic marker(Permanent marker) all over the walls so I used hand sanitizer from my local dollar tree and it came off like nothing.It also started to peel off the wall color and we fond out the walls were originally paneling so we decided to remove as much as possible for marker till we get wall paint to cover the walls again.

  166. Agent H. says:

    Use GermStar sanitizer it works right away! I used and on the first rub it got permanet marker off. Good luck! :)

  167. ladyred99 says:

    we had no toothpaste, alcohol didnt remove marker from a new dryer and still had wet clothes to dry. we tried everything listed here that we had but finally it was easy=off oven spray that got it off. will buy toothpaste for next time as oven spray made me high…lol

  168. PML says:

    Thank you!! My daughter drew pictures of her sister all over the white-painted dresser. The toothpaste got it all out! I am so pleased! It did take a little of the shiny finish off the drawer knob, so I definitely suggest spot-testing first. You saved me from purchasing 6 new dresser drawers. Thanks again!

  169. Valerie says:

    For many years I worked in a garment factory. I bought my Dad pants and he left a pen in the pocket so of course all of his pants had pen steaks on them. One of the cleaners/repairers at work told me to bring them in and he used a solution to remove all of the marks! I commented that it smelled like alcohol and he said that was the main active ingredient. I have used it many times to remove such marks from clothes and also from metal objects that have permanent marker on them. The main concern with the clothing is that the alcohol should be tested on the inside seam for colorfastness;with the permanent marker on metal it should be done before the color leeches into the paint or metal.

  170. Ulo says:

    Try using alcohol. Sharpie markers are alcohol based, so using rubbing alcohol will remove the ink from many things.

  171. Kayla says:

    I got black sharpie on my desk that has white wood. I used toothpaste and it can right off. Thanks so much for the help

  172. Summer says:

    I removed permanent black marker from a ceramic water pitcher with nail polish. I painted white nail polish on the black marker spot (trying to paint it white to match the paint on the pitcher), rubbed it and the marker was gone!

  173. Lillian says:

    My 3 year old just wrote all over my slipcover with a sharpie pen and I have tried everything to get it out to no avail. Help

  174. Georgie says:

    Thank goodness for this site. we are renting and my naughty wrote her name in permanent marker on wooden windowsill. I didnt have any white toothpaste in house, just the gel kind, so I tried hairspray and it worked! Thanks ever so much for the tips!

  175. Candacey says:

    This totally worked i wrote on my wall with permanent marker and i couldnt get it off and i looked on google and found this it so work thank you

  176. Tom says:

    i accidentaly drew on my sisters metal framed bet with permanant marker, and i cant get any fancy products, and have tried hairspray, nail remover, washing it, but nothing works, and im going to get into trouble, please help!!!!!!!!!!!

  177. andrea says:

    thank you for the tips. i made my 8 year old scrub off the marker he put on the wall, foot stool, dresser, piggy bank and small plastic table. the toothpaste worked great on the foot stool and the piggy bank and the nail polish remover worked on the table, painted dresser, and wall. thank you thank you thank you

  178. shari says:

    toothpaste worked great on my mirror-cheap aquafresh

  179. IHasPi says:

    Toothpaste didnt work, but my dads LA.’s Famous Awesome did, you can get it from the Doller Tree!

  180. ihaveaproblem says:

    MY SISTER COLORED ON MY BOAT SEATS WITH A SHARPIE AND I TRIED GOO GONE AND ENGINE DEGREASER WHAT DO I DO!?!?!?!

  181. Alan says:

    The toothpaste worked great on my desk thank you very very very much God bless

  182. Mobzy Badman says:

    it doesnt work what type of toothpaste shoud i use guys

  183. Richelle says:

    My daughter drew on the bathroom sinktop with a sharpie….I couldn’t get it off. One day I go in and the sink is all wet and I smelled my curve crush parfume. I look down and the sharpie mark is wet and almost gone. Someone said it was the rubbing alcohol in it. She later wrote on her nintendo dsi with yet another sharpie….I took an alcohol wipe like you see at the doctor’s and it wiped right off!

  184. help says:

    my 2 year old used a sharpie marker on our faux leather couch and chair. he scribbled circles all across the seats. we tried magic eraser, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, toothpaste. Nothing seems to work. Any words of advice? It happened yesterday, so I am worried it will set in.

  185. Danielle says:

    i used the off insect repellant and it worked :) but acetone works too :) yes! these two are amazing :) i recommend them :)))

  186. jalena says:

    My 2yr old drew all over my microfiber couch with a black sharpie. Help how do i get it out!!!

  187. Brianne says:

    i let my friend use my red faux leather chair in her apartment!! big mistake.. her 3 year old son scribbled on it with marker!! i’m not sure what kind of marker.. any ideas on how to get it off?? i don’t want to have to buy a new chair!!!!

  188. Jeremy says:

    How do you remove a black sharpie used to write on leather or vinyl without damaging it. Thank you.

  189. Alexys says:

    My 4 year old decided to write on a real wood paneled wall with a Sharpie instead of her coloring book with washable markers (of course!) I tried both spray sunblock and bug spray and both worked rather well. There was a bit of the mark still there but it kind of just blended with the wood grain, so its not terribly noticeable. Thanks SO SO much!

  190. Michi says:

    please help my friends got permanent marker on my bag ive tried jif and soap. how do i get it off

  191. Tim says:

    I have an Alpine White Gibson Les Paul Custom, which I love dearly and look after really well. Kinda like a mother with a child. Anyway, one day, turned it over and there was a black mark running right down the middle of the body D: I freaked. It wouldn’t come off. No matter how hard I rubbed. So, I looked on here and as it turns out tooth paste is a marvelous thing. Put it on, left it for a minute and then rubbed the mark again and it started to come off. 5 minutes and one very sore elbow later, the mark was gone :). Then all I had to do was clean up the greasy toothpaste marks with some Lemon Oil and voila! Good as new.

  192. anna says:

    try using lysol and rubbing the wall it may take some paint of but it works better then any of the tips above

  193. Myron says:

    OMG I ordered a super nintendo USB controller and tried to make a cool logo on the front it turned out horrid and i wanted to get it out so i got a toothbrush and hand sanitizer and it started to come off but I could still see it so i got a pencil and erased it and I still saw it a little bit of it so I put the sanitizer on there and erased it I dont see nothin and i used a SUPER PERMANENT MARKER much thanks

  194. shelby says:

    Heyy guys I’m doing a science fair project and wanted to know how would I get sharpie marker off of a mirror?!?!?!

  195. Rachellyn says:

    The toothpaste worked!! So glad to have found this tip!! My 7 yr old wrote on my friends wood table and I would have felt HORRIBLE!!

  196. Monica says:

    I got permanent marker on my nude color heels and I tried nail polish remover but the shoe shine started to come off so I quickly stopped. Now, I don’t know what to try. They were really expensive heels too. Both shoes are stained :(

  197. Katie says:

    My baby brother drew on our new white walls and i i am trying the toothpast. It does not lokk like its going to work but stil worth a try sens everbody says it works.

  198. Katie says:

    I have a question.How much tooth past do you need?

  199. Christine says:

    My new white leather couch somehow got red permanent Sharpie marker on the seat after my sons birthday party……approx a 3 inch line…..i was a huge skeptic and also afraid of damaging the leather, but tried the spray SPF 30 sunscreen (not Coppertone, but Walmarts brand!). I sprayed it on a white towel first then rubbed the mark at the top of the line, and IT WORKED! I used it very sparingly, and quickly. Came right off! THANKS for the WONDERFUL TIP!

  200. Tse says:

    Shampoo also works. That’s how I removed the permanent marker ink my roommate left on my monitor. Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to not only stick a post-it note on a computer screen, but also to write directly on it.

  201. Dannene says:

    THANK YOU!!!! After trying magic eraser, wd40, nail polish remover, cooking spray, hair spray and hand sanitizer, I found your website, tried toothpaste, and the stain came out!! You rock!

  202. Melissa says:

    Another way to get permanet marker off of surfaces is dot3 Brake Fluid. This will work if you don’t use anything on it prior. It works great on floors/computer screens/appliances and so forth. I have not tried it on fabric though. It has saved me hundreds and hundreds. Just make sure to wash the area down good afterwards also! We first discovered this when my son wrote all over our computer screen at that time it was brand new and cost us 400.00. He also wrote on our lamanet floor, dishwasher and oven. It all came out! I have used it on the walls and dressers. It’s been a life savor. But if you have tried any chemicals etc prior it will not work! Not sure why that is.

  203. Joanne says:

    Hi…my grandchild took magic maker to the front of the stainless steel dishwasher….What to do?

    Help!

  204. Mike says:

    I left a red sharpie out and my 20 month boy old got a hold of it and wrote all over the track pad and keyboard of my new laptop. Rubbing alcohol only lightened it. I tried a blue Expo low odor dry erase marker, that left a purplish blue residue on my laptop. However, the rubbing alcohol removed the residue quite well. However, this did not work well on my 40 year old wood organ bench, it actually damaged the finish, so be careful. I haven’t yet figured out how to get it off of the baby, my wife won’t let me try toothpaste as he has pretty sensitive skin.

  205. Mike says:

    Update: The toothpaste worked well on the organ bench and didn’t damage the finish. I will try the ammonia and water soak for his clothes.

  206. Amy says:

    THANK YOU!!!

    You just saved me the purchase of a new monitor courtesy of my almost-three-year-old and a magic marker.

  207. Pam says:

    Thank you so much! I used Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, a q-tip, and a damp paper towel to remove Pilot Gold Marker splatters from my brand new MacBook Pro. Worked like a charm! :)

  208. Tiffany says:

    OMG This so works it saved my 6 year old from a major butt whooping, and her Christmas/birthday…she wrote on my 42 inch LCD TV

  209. Leilani says:

    Don’t know if it’s been mentioned, but alcohol will take permanent marker (such as sharpie) off hard nonporous surfaces easily, and without harming the surface.

  210. Bobby says:

    My nephew has wrote all over my laptop computer screen with black permanent marker. What should I do?

    • Bobby says:

      Never mind i found out a trick. If there is black permanent marker on your computer screen, spray hairspray on a cloth and wipe on the computer screen, comes right off.

  211. jenny says:

    it worked great! My son and I used it to remove permanent marker stains!

  212. Corinne says:

    i use some dish detergent on a wet napkin and wiped before i erased with a eraser. it takes long but it works!

  213. Brooke says:

    what would you use to get sharpie off a school bag? the material is like canvas

  214. Serena says:

    My friends decided to write their names on my pencil case. It’s light grey and it’s from smiggle. I think it’s made of canvas. Does anyone know how to get black sharpie out of a canvas pencil case?

  215. sireena says:

    what’s the percentage of people that the toothpaste worked for and didn’t work for?

  216. Lance says:

    From the chemistry-science side of all these responses, I can tell you what works, why it works, and if one doesn’t work, which one will…not really hard.

    If you are using a true, name brand, ‘SHARPIE’ marker…permanent marker, then it uses organic chemicals as the solution. The best way to get it off is either: jell toothpaste, WD-40 (aka liquid silicone spray), hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol or nail polish – IN THIS ORDER. If one doesn’t work, go to the next…depends on what it has been put on, and always remember to test in an inconspicuous place first. These work, because they ‘re-liquify’ the dried pigment which was originally suspended in the organic solvent.

    If you are dealing with a ‘dry erase marker’, this is a different creature…these are basically a ‘pigmented liquid wax’, so in sequence you can try: jell toothpaste, WD40, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, denatured alcohol, and finally naptha (lighter fluid).

    If you are dealing with a ‘non-Sharpie’ name brand permanent marker…the list above should still work for them, just as a ‘non-sharpie’ dry erase marker list above should also work…but not so sure on either, as it all depends on the chemicals used to make their ‘ink’ work.

    I personally had a tremendous fight in getting an unknown ‘sharpie-type’ writing off of a new 40-lb propane tank (white enamel paint…barbeque grill type tank)…and the solution was…(after all this failed)…

    ODORLESS MINERAL SPIRITS (Turpentine)! (That was one mean, and really-permanent marker that the previous owner used!)

    Hope this helps…

  217. Sophie says:

    My 13 year old son wrote with permanent marker on my fridge. The fridge belonges to my husbands company and we didn’t want to turn it in this way.
    My 12 year old daughter had done some research and had just applied 50 degrees sunblock to the fridge and scrubbed it with a paper towel.
    This worked amazingly for me.
    The permanent marker had been there for 1 year and with just a bit of expired sunblock the permanent marker went off.
    Miracles do exist in the world !!!!
    I would give this a try if you have a similar problem

  218. vikas says:

    toothpaste d best

  219. Katrina says:

    Use a baby wipe to get off a layer then a eraser and another baby wipe. After that use the household cleaner “Comet” or “A Jax”. Trust it really works!

  220. stevedux says:

    Came into work to find a nice fat line of black sharpie on the top of my 15″ Macbook Pro…needless to say I wasn’t the happiest this morning…Found this thread, grabbed some straight-up CREST TOOTHPASTE and put it to work.

    It took a bit of muscle and patience, but I got the line 99% out…I can still see the slightest dot, but that’s because I’m looking for it ;) ….

    TIP: I found it best to put the toothpaste on thick and let it sit-in for 5-10 minutes before working it hard with a tissue…it took a few applications to get it all out.

  221. Elisa says:

    We tried the Cutter insect repellent on a plastic like surface and it worked like a charm! Thanks everyone!

  222. Cory says:

    My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a building for her photography studio and the building is perfect for this purpose. However, the previous owners have written in permanent black marker all over the beautiful wood floor. After writing on the wood floor they then varnished over the writing. Do I have to sand the varnish off to get rid of the black writing? Any feedback would be appreciated. thanks!

  223. Kayla says:

    I didn’t read all the comments, but I know if your kids write on themselves with permanent marker (like mine did) if you use vinegar it will come off. We use it because the kids hate the smell of vinegar and its kind of a punishment that way.

  224. Mom of seven says:

    Toothpaste trick worked wonders! My toddler scribbled black permanent marker on my new washer and dryer. For 2 YEARS I couldn’t remove the marks! I tried alcohol, Goof Off, gasoline, engine cleaner, magic eraser… you name it, nothing worked.;( I found this website with the toothpaste advice and smothered some toothpaste all over the marks waited 15 minutes and wiped with cloth and vuola!!!! My machines look new again! AMAZING!!!!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! :) :) :) :) :)

  225. Mary says:

    Hi,
    Permanent marker(dont know the brand) on my beige towels,didnt came off…,tried hairspray so far…
    Any tip?

  226. Rita says:

    Baking soda and lots of elbow grease!

  227. movingmom says:

    packing up our place while moving and my 1.5 yr old got a hold of the permanent marker i was writing on boxes with. now theres permanent marker on our microfiber couch. i didnt see anything for microfiber/couches. what would you guys recommend? (most of the solutions were for tables or computers, etc.) thanks!

  228. Agonza87 says:

    My 2yr old got black permanent marker all over my leather headboard…. HELP!!!!!!!

  229. Barbara says:

    What can I use to remove permanent marker pen from a dry erase board that won’t take off the finish on the board?

  230. Kristy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. My 2 year old got permanent marker on my laptop and desk, and toothpaste removed every last mark. You all are geniuses.

  231. Lisa says:

    Hi, I was at work when I got sharpie on the desk (white laminate). The only items available were: 409, hand sanitizer, and 3M desk cleaner. I tried all three, and the only product that actually removed the marker was hand sanitizer!

    Thank you for the suggestion.

    I now have the power of Greyskull!

  232. Poetry says:

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  233. PattyP says:

    I thanks everyone here for their shared stories on permanent marker removal. For those of you who did not think the rubbing alcohol works, try 91% rubbing alcohol, not 70%, but be selective where you use it. It WILL dissolve latex paint. It can be used to clean up dried on latex in clothes, dried in paint sprayers, etc. The Sharpie brand is alcohol based, so it should easily dissolve that. Wear gloves.

    Like someone else said here, there are other brands of permanent markers that may require other solutions.

    I would always try the least destructive solution first, which would be the toothpaste.

    • Maansi says:

      I got some old sharpie stains on white painted antique furniture and by old I mean a year old. I tried the EXPO markers but they only got half the stain out. And my bug repellent left a horrid ordor in my room(so does the hair spray,sunscreen and the toothpaste.). I feel really bummed on what to do. Any help? Please!

  234. Maddi says:

    hey. thanks a ton for this. My friend and I drew on my laptop keyboard and it looks really cool but I got in trouble for it so they’re making me wash it off…

  235. Jam says:

    Pencil eraser worked great on my desk at work, was covered in marker pen that had soaked through the paper I was drawing on, a regular stationary rubber worked a treat, thanks for the tip.

  236. Jenelle says:

    I put sharpie in my computer desk. And i put expo on it and its good as new

  237. Rachel says:

    Try any of these sovants but please be aware of the surface before using them• White Vinegar
    • Warm water
    • Mr. Magic Eraser
    • Warm or cold water
    • Rubbing Alcohol
    • Toothpaste (non-gel just plain white)
    • Dry erase marker
    • Paper towels
    • Antibacterial hand gel
    • Non-Oily Hairspray
    • Cooking spray
    • Nail polish remover
    • Bleach (depending on the surface)
    • WD-40
    • Milk
    • Tide to go stick
    • After shave
    • Spray on sunscreen
    • Black Coffee
    • Isopropyl Alcohol
    • Toothpaste mixed with baking soda
    • Salt (and nail polish remover)
    • Insect repellent
    • Baby wipes
    • Eraser
    • Shoe Cleaner
    • Brake Fluid

  238. Amanda says:

    I tried the toothpaste. All I had was Colgate MaxClean SmartFoam. I rubbed it into the wall with my fingers and the marker came right off, I also put some on a babywipe and rubbed it across the spots. It works so much better than a Mr. Clean eraser and doesn’t hurt your arm from scrubbing. Thanks so much for the tip

  239. shawnda says:

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!! My boys decided to decorate the bedroom wall with every writing tool there is. From crayon to permanent marker. All DARK colors. Then they covered up their creation with a poster. I found it yesterday when I took don the poster to clean the wall around it. NOTHING budges it. What can be done? I have Housing Inspection 1/31/13. It will not pass the way it is, and no time to prime and paint. WHAT DO I DO???????

  240. Kate says:

    You should try rubbing a pencil rubber on it I tried it and it totally worked

  241. Angie says:

    After trying a cleaner, soap and water, and trying the dry eraser trick, the next one was sunscreen and it wiped permanent blue marker off of the outside paint of vehicle. Thanks for all the suggestions :)

  242. Debbie says:

    How To take permanent marker off a pumpkin u are trying to carve…after carving, remove excess permanent marker with a Mr.Clean white eraser sponge. U don’t need to wet the sponge. It totally removed it!!!

  243. Bennett says:

    My little sister got pink marker ALL OVER the bottome of my macbook everything involves water and i don’t wanna fry the circuits


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