Home Remedies for Permanent Marker Stains

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In order to get rid of permanent market stains, or any other black ink stains, use rubbing alcohol or hairspray with a sponge or cloth. Clean an ink stain as soon as possible with help from a professional house cleaner in this free video on permanent... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to teach you some home remedies for permanent marker stains. Any kind of ink stains are generally the same as far as the makeup of the ink -- permanent markers, black inks, dry erase markers. You really want to use anything with rubbing alcohol in it to try to get it out. So hairspray is a really good remedy if you spray it on the material. And you can use a sponge or a cloth to rub the material, as long as it's a pretty tough fabric. You don't want to rub too much on, you know, silk or something that may be a little more...or a little more fragile. Rubbing alcohol, pure rubbing alcohol, of course, obviously works, since that's the ingredient in the hairspray that breaks up the ink. Dab it on there. You may have to give that a couple of swipes also. And after you've applied the alcohol to the stain, the alcohol is what really breaks up the ink, like I said. And you can even see it right in front of your eyes working. After you've done that, you just want to take your fabric and put it in the wash as usual. The sooner you catch the stain, the better this remedy is going to work. And if it's been there for years -- if you find a shirt in your closet that's been in there since, you know, you were in high school -- it may be too late to save the fabric. But usually, if you catch it in time, you can just do this, pop it in the washing machine, wash it as usual, and that will take care of the stain. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that is a home remedy for permanent marker stains.