How to Remove Permanent Ink from a Project

by Noreen Doll.

I love to use Sharpies for my craft projects! They have such bright colors and are so easy to use – much easier than a brush.

They come with fat, medium or fine tips, so you can find the perfect size for your project.

Sometimes, however, when I am deep into a craft my pen slips and I leave a blotch of ink where I didn’t mean to.

I’ve discovered that if you use some alcohol on a paper towel right away, you can remove the Sharpie ink (and possibly other brands of inks – though I haven’t tried them).

Trash Bag Ghost

Trash Bag Ghost

This works on plastic, metal, and ceramic tiles – non porous surfaces. It might also work on wood that has been sealed so the ink can’t soak in.

For fabric that is already ruined because of the ink, you might try really saturating the stain in alcohol and rubbing it in.  Then add some Dawn dish detergent before washing.  I haven’t tried this, but it might work.

So next time you have an oops with a Sharpie, try the alcohol trick to see if you can correct it.

If not, perhaps you can make the oops part of your design.

Noreen Doll

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  1. Great tip. I’ll have to give this one a try!

  2. Good tip, I haven’t seen this before. Thanks.

  3. Definitely can use this tip! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  4. Thanks for the tip! So happy you linked up :)

  5. Good tip! I always used hairspray on goofs. I like your idea about making it part of the design…a happy accident. :-)

  6. Great tip! Thanks!

  7. That IS a good tip. I had a college professor tell me once that we could never use an eraser or erase a “mistake” in art. God doesnt make mistakes and neither does an artist, we had to incorporate it into our design.. so that was a challenge. I kind of like your idea better. LOL

  8. What a great tip thanks for sharing over at the Best of Your Best Blog Hop

  9. Great tip! It always seems a lost cause when sharpies wander.

  10. I am always making Sharpie-goofs…so I will be trying this tip…thx!

  11. This is such a great crafter tip! so glad you shared at tip toe thru tuesday!

  12. Great crafty tip! I use sharpies in my sewing and crafting projects and have goofed a few times myself. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Great tip! Thanks for sharing. 😉

  14. Thanks for the great tip! Will try this in the future.

  15. Who knew? You did! Great tip. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from $20 below. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. Was looking at your sidebar and those greeting card gift boxes intrigued me!

    Popped in from Time Travel Thursday.

  17. Thanks for sharing such a great & helpful hint! Who hasn’t had this mishap…lol! I do know that on plastics, you can actually use a sharpie to go over something you’ve already written on with a sharpie & you can wipe it all off — one sharpie kind of dissolves the previous sharpie writing. We do this all the time on a plastic container that we use for all of our vitamins & medications, so if we change to a different script, we just take a sharpie and scribble over the old writing & then wipe with a paper towel & write a new label.

  18. I think I’ve noticed that writing over Sharpie dissolves it, but it sort of didn’t register. Thanks for the tip.


  19. Thanks for reminding me of this. There was a blot on the corner of a printed scarf I bought yesterday. With the alcohol and Dawn treatment last night it seems to have come completely out, yay!

  20. Really good tip! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Thanks, Michele, for letting us know alcohol can remove Sharpie from fabric. That’s a great thing for crafters to be aware of, since many of us use Sharpies a lot.


  22. I used toothpaste on a wood floor last week for purple crayola marker and it came out great!! Little elbow grease and a time out for the culprit little boy,but all in all it worked!

    Thank you for the great tip!!

  23. GREAT tip!!! This will come in very useful!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  24. Good to know. I am always working with these on my painted furniture projects when I need some finer details. The oops’s are inevitable. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.

  25. Hairspray also works for getting inks off fabric. I keep a can of cheap hairspray in the cabinet in the laundry room!

  26. Another great tip to try for removing Sharpie ink! Thanks for the idea.

  27. Great tip thank you.

  28. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Thanks for the tip. And Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  29. Thanks for sharing. What a great tip.

  30. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Great tip!

  31. Great tip!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  32. Awesome tip. I am featuring you today! :)

  33. Awesome tip! Thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party!

  34. Thank you so much for linking up this tip to The Mommy Club last week! Congrats your post was the #2 most clicked post for the week. You are featured on my blog! Thanks again for sharing!


  35. Thanks for sharing this in the Bowdabra Crafty Showcase! I know that we are all always using sharpies! Super tip and I loved reading the other comments and tips that came in, too!

  36. great tip! thanks for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

  37. Thanks for sharing this at Cherished Treasures, I’ll be featuring this as one of my favorites this weekend!

  38. Great Info. I am your newest follower. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesdays to Sundays
    I hope to see you there. It would be great if you would follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  39. this is wonderfull :)

  40. This is another great tip. Your whole website is such a wealth of information! Thanks for passing it along to the rest of us. Thanks also for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!


  41. This is a great tip! I goof all the time using sharpies…glad to know that there’s a fix! I love your tip on sharpening punches also, I have them sitting in a drawer because they just don’t work as well as they used to. I know what I am doing tomorrow! Thanks so much.

  42. Kit Kat says:

    I got orange sharpie off a cream upholstered sofa by copious amounts of a combination of nail polish remover and elbow grease. I was able to slip plastic between the foam and the fabric so that the acteone didn’t disolve the foam. It worked great, but the 12 year old neighbor who drew a smily face on my sofa is no longer welcome in my house

  43. Here’s a comment I received from one of my readers:

    “I just read your post on removing Sharpie. I have also found that if you go over the Sharpie with a BLACK (only color I have found to work) dry erase marker it wipe right off. I found this out when I tried drawing boxes in Sharpie to help students keep their math problems lined up and all my work was wiped away along with their answers. This was an AMAZING discovery because I had tried all the commercial & homemade sprays (including alcohol) to remove Sharpie from my overhead projector and films. Substitutes would always write on the overhead with permanent marker. Even when I would hide every Sharpie in the room, somehow they would get their hands on one. One of the MANY unsolved mysteries I have encountered while teaching.”
    Randa Hiemke

  44. How can you get ink out of leather handbag?

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