How to Get Permanent Marker Off Skin In 8 Easy Ways

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How to Get Permanent Marker Off Skin

If you have kids or nieces and nephews you might have asked the question already, how to get permanent marker off skin. Getting sharpie drawings off kids’ hands and bodies can be a nightmare because you will shower them for hours and yet the permanent marker mark is still bright as day.

drawing on hand with sharpie, permanent marker

I have an aunt who owns a daycare and she encounters this problem every single day. With more than 6 kids taking care of, at playtime at least two of them will have sharpie on their skin. I asked her how did she get the permanent marker mark off their skin and the methods below blew my mind, especially one of the methods.

All these methods are safe to remove sharpie marks and draw off your kid’s body if you use them the right way. Some of these methods will take a little effort to remove permanent marker marks, meaning a few wipes will be required. I will also include a video of me using some of the different methods to get sharpie off my skin.

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The 8 Ways To Get Sharpie Off Skin

Permanent sharpie drawing on hand

Here are the 8 ways you can use to get shape marks off skin whether the sharpie is a permanent marker or just a regular marker it will get it off with a few wipes and they are safe for the skin if cleaned off properly.

1. Using Rubbing Alcohol To Get Sharpie Off Skin

pouring rubbing alcohol on permanent sharpie mark on hand to get it off skin

Rubbing alcohol is one of the most common products you can find in any house these days. I use it to clean areas in my house where I don’t want to use bleach. For this purpose, it works great when it comes to removing Permanent markers off skin no matter how long it has been on the skin for. Just don’t let it get into the eyes of you or your child when you are cleaning them with it.

Steps To Take:

1. With this method you can spray all the sharpie marks that you can find and wipe them as you go with a wet cloth or pieces of paper towel. If you have Bounty paper towels take off a few sheets and have them ready when one gets too dirty.

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2. I recommend doing this in the bathtub or the shower because the rubbing alcohol will start to run off the body and onto the floor. When you are in the shower you can just wash it out without worrying about cleaning up afterward.

2. Remove Permanent Marker Off Skin With Hydrogen Peroxide 

pouring hydrogen peroxide on permanent sharpie mark on hand to get it off skin

Hydrogen peroxide is a great way to get sharpie marks off your skin or your child’s skin. All you need to do is wet a washcloth or paper towel with hydrogen peroxide and wipe the sharpie mark off. Just ensure that there is no cut on the skin or else it will burn the cut.

3. Use Sanitizing Wipes To Get Sharpie Off skin

Sanitizer has chemicals in them that gets rid of bacteria and other funguses. I realized that it can get sharpie marks off your skin one day when my cousin wrote something on my hand I washed my hand and add sanitizer to it. Only to realize that the sharpie mark was starting to fade out.

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Steps To Take:

1. Find the sharpie or permanent marker marks and add a little sanitizer to them. Do not add too much to different areas where your child can start to play with it. Clean as you go.

2. Massage the sanitizer into the sharpie mark and wipe it off with some wet paper towel or wipes. You can always repeat the cleaning process if the mark hasn’t been removed fully.

3. Now you can give your kid a proper shower immediately after you removed all the sharpie or permanent marker marks so that they do not try to taste the sanitizer.

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4. Whitening Toothpaste To Remove Permanent Marker Mark

putting whitening toothpaste on sharpie mark to get it off skin

Whiting toothpaste is powerful enough to bleach our teeth. It can remove curry stains, wine stains, grass stains off white shoes, and more so imagine how well it will work on removing permanent marker marks off skin. The good thing about it as well is, that it is 100% safe to use on the skin because some toothpaste companies want you to keep it in your mouth without washing it out.

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What makes it work this good is one main ingredient in the toothpaste. That is hydrogen peroxide which bleaches things if it touches it like your hair or clothes.

Steps To Take:

1. Take the Childs clothes off and find the sharpie marks so you don’t miss any when you get to the stage of showering them.

2. Wipe a small amount of toothpaste on the permanent sharpie mark and manage it in and let it sit for 3 minutes. Do not add toothpaste to more than 3 marks at a time because you do not want your kid to get toothpaste in the eye.

3. Once the 5 minutes are up, use pieces of paper towel or wipes and wipe the marker mark off the skin. If some remain, repeat the process until it comes off.


5. Using Baby Olive Oil / Coconut Oil

Olive and coconut oil are a great way to soften up the marker mark so that you can wipe it off with wipes or a wet cloth. If you choose to use this method, only use it on a small area like the child’s hand or leg because you will have a problem washing off all that oil on the child’s body if you wipe them down with the baby oil.

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Steps To Take:

1. Find all the spots with the sharpie mark and put some baby oil or coconut oil on a piece of paper towel and leave it on the mark for 5 minutes. Make sure to watch your kid so that they do not play in it.

2. Once the 5 minutes are up, use a wet cloth or baby wipes and scrub the mark off. 

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6. Using Baby Oil

Using baby oil is similar to using olive oil. The only difference is with the smell of the oils. If you have baby oil instead of olive oil, just follow the same methods used for baby oil and remove the sharpie off the skin.


7. Nail Polish Remover

pouring acetone, nail polish remover on permanent sharpie mark on hand to get it off skin

Every house has nail polish remover in it as long as a woman lives there. Nail polish remover is strong enough to break down nail polish so it will remove permanent marker marks off skin with just a few wipes. All you need to do is make sure you clean it off properly and not let your child likes it or get it into their eyes.

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Steps To Take:

1. Locate all the permanent marker marks on your Child’s body so that you can clean all of them in one go. I do recommend doing this in the bathroom so you can shower them immediately afterward so it doesn’t get into a cut or their eyes.

2. Get a roll of paper towels or wipes and pour some of the nail polish on it. If there are a lot of marker marks on your child. You will need a few pieces of paper towel so pull it off and lay them down to just pick up one and use when one has too many marks on it.

3. Wipe the shape mark in a circular motion until it is gone. You can use a fresh piece of paper towel with more nail polish if one piece of paper isn’t good again.

4. Once you removed all the sharpie marks, give your child a proper shower to remove the smell of nail polish and sharpie.

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8. Sun Screen To Clean Sharpie Mark Off Skin

This one was a shock to me when my aunt told me that I could use sunscreen to get sharpie marks off my skin. It does get normal sharpie marks off easily but will take a little effort to get off a permanent marker mark off the skin.

Steps To Take:

1. Find all the sharpie marks and drawing and spray the mark with a good amount of sunscreen and leave it on for 10-30 seconds. You will see the color of the sharpie start to run.

2. Once the 10-30 seconds are up wipe the sharpie mark off. If it doesn’t come off in one wipe. Spray some more sunscreen on it and wipe it again until it is gone.


Is Permanent Marker Unhealthy For Your Skin?

Drawing on hand with sharpie

Permanent markers were not made to be in contact with the skin. They have toxic chemicals in the that are not good for someone if it gets in the mouth or eyes. These chemicals are Resin, xylene, and toluene.

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Sharpies were made to use only on boards and papers so if your kids do get it on their bodies, try to clean it off as soon as possible using any of these methods above that I showed you.

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