How to Remove Marker Stains From Skin

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As a parent you probably keep all kinds of markers far out of reach from your children, even the washable kind, but it's inevitable: sooner or later your child is bound to draw all over themselves with a marker - or worse, a permanent marker. Kids love markers and they love making messes, but that doesn't mean you should prohibit your child from getting creative.

In the event that your child does draw on themselves with a marker, don't spend time hunched over the sink struggling to get your little one's newly colored face and hands clean.

There are so many ways to safely and quickly remove marker stains:

  • Rubbing alcohol. This is pretty much guaranteed to get rid of marker stains. It completely dissolves marker stains. Pour some on a cotton ball or rag and rub it onto the spot until it's gone, then wash it.
  • Baby oil. Soak a cotton ball in baby oil or baby lotion and rub until the marker spot is gone. Apply it to a cotton swab or an old toothbrush to clean underneath fingernails.
  • Hand sanitizer. It's mostly made of alcohol, which erases even permanent marker stains. Just squirt a bit of hand sanitizer into the palm of your hand and rub it onto the stain. Rinse it off with warm water.
  • Hairspray. Spray some hairspray into your hands and rub it over the marker spots, carefully avoiding the eyes. Hairspray also gets rid of marker stains on tables and other furniture.
  • Wipes. You definitely have these on hand! Wipes are tough on even permanent marker stains. Just rub the spot until it's gone and rinse off with warm water.
  • Sunscreen. Lotion and spray sunscreens both work in this method. Sunscreen contains ingredients that get rid of marker stains. Just apply a layer of sunscreen to the stain and rub it in. Rinse clean with warm water.
  • Bug spray. Like hand sanitizer, bug spray contains a lot of alcohol, which dissolves ink. It might not smell great, but if you're in a pinch it will certainly do the trick. Spray skin with bug spray, then use your fingers or a tissue to fully rub it into the skin. Wash clean with soap and water.
  • Makeup remover. Liquid makeup remover or liquid makeup remover wipes are great for removing marker stain's on your little one's face because they're gentle on delicate skin. Makeup remover works wonders on marker spots.
  • Petroleum jelly. Rub a little bit of petroleum jelly onto the stain and wash clean with soap and warm water.
  • Shaving cream. Make clean up fun by spreading shaving scream on a table, tray or high chair, then let your child play with the shaving cream until the marker disappears. Shaving cream also gets rid of marker stains on tables and other furniture.

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