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How to Remove Permanent Marker

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

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 [1] 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):

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