How to Erase a Permanent Marker

A permanent marker is not always permanent.


A permanent marker is not always permanent.A permanent marker is not always permanent.
Using household or commercial products, permanent marker stains can be removed from most surfaces. It may take a bit of elbow grease and repetition to thoroughly remove a stain, but full removal can be achieved.

Wet a magic eraser.

Rub the magic eraser directly on the permanent marker mark on the wall. Continue rubbing until the stain is removed.

Wet a rag with cool water. Squeeze to remove excess water. Lightly rub the stain to remove any excess cleaning residue.


Dip a cotton ball or swab in rubbing alcohol.

Rub the alcohol onto the clothing, directly onto the permanent marker stain. Use a paper towel to dab the stain and help soak up the ink. Repeat this process until all of the ink is removed.

Launder the clothing.

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Put non-gel toothpaste over the permanent marker stain.

Work the toothpaste into the stain with your finger or a rag using a circular motion. Let the toothpaste sit for a minute or two.

Remove the toothpaste. Wet a rag and squeeze excess moisture. Wipe up the remaining toothpaste.


Place hand sanitizer or a drop of rubbing alcohol onto the skin.

Gently rub into the permanent marker mark.

Rinse off the hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol. Repeat until the permanent mark has disappeared.

Things You Will Need

  • Magic eraser
  • or alcohol
  • Cotton ball
  • Paper towel
  • or toothpaste
  • Rag
  • or hand-sanitizer

About the Author

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.