How to Remove Permanent Marker from Cotton Clothing

Finding a permanent marker ink stain on cotton clothing can make you frustrated. A permanent marker will leave behind an unsightly stain, but you do not need to throw the clothing away. The stains can be removed from the cotton clothing with proper supplies and cleaning techniques. Treat the permanent marker stain as soon as you notice it for the best results.

Things Needed

  • Paper towels
  • Old towel
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • ½ cup oxygen bleach

Step 1

Blot fresh permanent marker ink stains with paper towels. Continue to blot until no ink transfers to the paper towel.

Step 2

Place the permanent marker stain face down onto an old towel. This will absorb the stain when you treat it.

Step 3

Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Dab the rubbing alcohol onto the permanent marker stain. Switch the cotton ball out with a new one when it becomes stained.

Step 4

Rinse the stain off with cold water. Place the clothing in the washing machine and launder it according to the care label. Add ½ cup of oxygen bleach to the load.

Step 5

Remove the clothing from the washing machine. Hang the clothing to dry because the dryer will cause the stain to become permanent. Repeat the cleaning process if you still notice the marker stain.

How to wash cotton clothing properly?

Buy cotton clothes instead of clothes that need to be dry cleaned. They can be washed at 30°C, but you should always check the label first. Wash your clothes with clothes of the same color, and don’t skimp on fabric softener. This will keep your clothes soft and comfortable.

If you use a dryer, set it too low and take the clothes out while they are still a little damp so they can dry naturally. Or, you can hang them up to dry. A natural breeze will give them a beautiful, fresh scent. Once you’ve ironed your cotton clothes, hang them up to keep them from getting wrinkled and to keep their shape.

Author Aaron Walker

Written by: Aaron Walker

I have extensive construction knowledge and I always stay up to date on current events and new technologies and hope to share my knowledge and expertise here. I am focused on green technologies and home improvements that include green living ideas.