How to Remove Marker Ink from Skin

Aug 25

A telltale sign of a true artist is always visible on his hands. He’ll have charcoal dust under his nails, pen ink smears on the side of his palm, or marker ink on the sides of his fingers. There’s no shame in these telltale marks. They are badges of honor for the artist who toils for hours to master calligraphy text, watercolor and ink, or colored pencil shading. Still, when it’s time to get cleaned-up, you’ll need a go-to method for scrubbing stubborn marker stains from your skin. Follow our recommended tips below by using these proven household cleaning products. Then, you’ll be ready to get crafty, and dirty, once again.

 

Rubbing Alcohol

Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol can be very effective at removing marker stains from skin. Pour some rubbing alcohol directly over the stained area. Using your fingertips or a clean cloth, rub the alcohol into the stain. When the stain has fully lifted, rinse hands with warm water and soap.

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

Apply a dab of hand sanitizer to the stain on your skin. Use enough to cover the stain. Using a circular motion, rub the sanitizer into your skin using your fingertips for up to 30 seconds. You should see the stain begin to lift. Rinse your hands with soap and warm water. Repeat these steps until no ink remains. 

Alcohol-Based Hairspray

In a well-ventilated area, spray the area of skin where the marker stain appears. Make sure the stain is completely coated with the liquid. Use a clean cloth to gently rub the hairspray into the stain. You should see the ink begin to lift off your skin and transfer to the cloth. When the stain has lifted, wash your skin with soap and warm water to thoroughly clean the area. 

Alcohol-Based Insect Repellent

Just like with the hand sanitizer and hairspray, alcohol is the key ingredient in this ink solvent. Spray a heavy amount of insect repellent over the marker stain. Using your fingertips or a clean cloth, rub the stain in a circular motion. When the stain has fully-lifted, wash your hands with warm water and soap to thoroughly cleanse the area.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is frequently praised for its wide variety of health benefits. It can also be an effective solvent for pesky marker stains. For this method, start by washing your hands with soap and warm water. Pat dry. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to the stained skin. Using your fingers or a clean cloth, rub the stain until it fully lifts. Cleanse your hands with soap and water when complete.

Baby Oil

Like coconut oil, baby oil is sweet smelling and gentle on your skin. Apply the oil to a clean cloth and blot, and rub the stained skin until you see the stain lift from your skin onto the cloth. When the stain has fully lifted, rinse your hands with warm water and soap.

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