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How to Remove Permanent Marker from Just About Anything

We all have been there: the kid, the marker, the stain. One of the downsides of having a creative crafty kid is that creative craftiness sometimes finds its way to unexpected places such as the brand new flat-screen TV or the living room carpet. Before you totally freak out, know that all may not be lost! Marks from permanent markers are not always permanent! Common household products such as toothpaste, hairspray and vinegar can be used to remove permanent marker stains. Here are tips to remove it from various objects and surfaces.

  1. Carpet– White vinegar and Dawn dishwashing detergent. Let set and scrub with a toothbrush.
  2. Clothing– Hairspray or hand sanitizer and Dawn dishwashing detergent.
  3. Computer screen– Toothpaste and damp cloth or baby wipe.
  4. Dry erase board– Dry erase marker. Write over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker and wipe with a dry cloth.
  5. Flat screen TV– Toothpaste and damp cloth or baby wipe.
  6. Glass- Dry erase marker. Write over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker and wipe with a dry cloth.
  7. Metal– Toothpaste
  8. Mirror– Dry erase marker. Write over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker and wipe with a dry cloth.
  9. Skin– Sunscreen
  10. Stainless steel– Dry erase marker. Write over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker and wipe with a dry cloth.
  11. Upholstery– Hairspray or hand sanitizer and Dawn dishwashing detergent.
  12. Walls– Toothpaste or hairspray. If using hairspray, rub gently. Otherwise you may remove some of the paint.
  13. Wood– Rubbing alcohol or peanut butter.
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