Removing Marker from Hands

Updated on March 17, 2012
V.T. asks from McKinney, TX
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My daughter got a Melissa and Doug cupcake decorating kit for her birthday. I wrongly assumed because it was Melissa and Doug that the markers would be washable and easy to remove. The problem is she is in a wedding on Saturday and I really want to get the ink off her hands. She's 3 and sucks her thumb so I want something safe. It's lightened up a lot, but I want a backup plan if it's still there on Saturday. Thanks.

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answers from Redding on

Petroleum jelly. (Vaseline).
Massage it into the skin. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe off with a dry wash rag.
Repeat as necessary.
She'll have soft little hands afterwards.
Just wash with regular soap and water before she sucks her thumb.

Best wishes.

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answers from Chicago on

The pumice scrub that the mechanics use - auto section of Walmart (nice on feet too!)
OR Baking Soda and Soap :)

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Sharpie is permanent and it comes off the skin almost all the way with just regular soap and water. We have had it on the face, the body, the scalp, everywhere. It is a faint faded piece of art by the next day so I say a good bath and use soap on the scrunchy to gently scrub the areas.

We use dove bar soap for the kids.

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answers from Chicago on

My 2 year old daughter recently colored her hands with a permanent sharpie marker while daddy was 'watching' her LOL We put her in a bubble bath and let her play for awhile and the marker came right off =)

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answers from Chicago on

Avon's Skin So Soft removed black spray paint from my friend's hands that no amount of scrubbing with anything else could remove. I can't remember why I thought it would work, but we tried it and it came right off!!

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answers from Seattle on

Olive oil or hand sanitizer.

If something isn't water soluble, then it's typically oil soluble or alcohol soluble.

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answers from Columbia on

I have the answer. :-) YW in advance! LOL...

Make a mixture of about half a scoop of OxyClean to 2 Cups of hot water. Let the Oxy dissolve in the water while it cools. Then just dip her hands in warm water (check it, of course!) and rub them together or use a washcloth to rub the Oxy into her hands. It should get the stains right out and is completely safe for hands/skin.

This also works great for the color stains that get on counters and floors. :-)

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answers from Dallas on

make a paste out of olive oil and sugar. it makes a gentle scrub. You can use it too to exfoliate and remove dry skin

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