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How to Remove Permanent Marker Stains From Plastic

Perhaps the most intimidating thing about permanent marker is the permanent part. The name itself gives off the impression that no matter what you do, that marker is on there forever. Fortunately that couldn't be further from the truth. Severral methods easily remove permanent marker.

Things You Will Need

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Clean cloth
  • Nail polish remover with acetone
  • Hairspray
  • WD-40

Perhaps the most intimidating thing about permanent marker is the permanent part.  The name itself gives off the impression that no matter what you do, that marker is on there forever.

Fortunately that couldn't be further from the truth.  Severral methods easily remove permanent marker.

It only takes a little knowhow and the right materials, and permanent marker can easily be removed from plastic. 

  1. Dampen a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and wipe the spot until the marker stain is gone.
  2. Apply isopropyl alcohol to a clean cloth and gently wipe away the marker stain.
  3. Apply nail polish remover with acetone with a clean cloth or cotton ball and gently wipe away the stain.
  4. Spray the affected area with hairspray and wipe it clean with a clean cloth or paper towel.
  5. Spray WD-40 onto the stain and let it sit for one to two minutes before wiping with a clean cloth to remove the marker.
  6. Tip

    Test each method on an inconspicuous area of the plastic to test for colorfastness before using it to remove the marker.

Things You Will Need

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Clean cloth
  • Nail polish remover with acetone
  • Hairspray
  • WD-40

Tip

  • Test each method on an inconspicuous area of the plastic to test for colorfastness before using it to remove the marker.

About the Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.

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