Marker Mess? Remove Marker with These Household Items You Already Have

 

It happens to the best of us.  We think we have the markers put away but somehow our little ones find them and create new artwork on our walls, cabinets, or counters.  It may be tempting to move or ponder remodeling the kitchen rather than dealing with the mess, but take a deep breath and stay calm.  All moms have been there and we gathered tips from real moms about what really works to remove stubborn maker stains, even ones made with permanent markers, like Sharpies.

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Image via Flickr/ Petey Pengüino

The good news?  You probably have most of these items sitting around and the ones you don't are readily available at most supermarkets or drug stores.  Removing markers is more an art than a science.  You may need to try a couple of different things before you find the one that works for your particular marker/surface combination but with a little persistence, you should be able to do your little Picasso's work and have your surface looking clean again. 

  • Baby Wipes:  This go-to for baby's bottoms works pretty well at cleaning up marker messes as well.  Try one first since it's so easy.
  • Magic Eraser:  These are not cheap, but many moms swear by the power of these abrasive sponges to remove even stubborn marks. 
  • Hand Sanitizer:  You probably have this magic elixir in your purse.  Dab a little on the marker and rub.  This does work on walls but may smear the paint a bit.
  • Goo Gone:  Goo Gone isn't just great for removing all manner of sticky stuff – rub a little on any mark you want gone and watch it do its magic.
  • Dry Erase Marker:  This seems like witchcraft, but sometimes drawing over marker lines with a dry erase marker and then wiping the marker away will remove all marker lines.  
  • Baking Soda:  Mix with a little water and rub.  Another great reason to always keep baking soda in the house!
  • Toothpaste:  Toothpaste should be paste, not gel.  Scrub a little in at a time.  As a bonus, the area will smell nice when you are done! 
  • Rubbing Alcohol:  This bathroom cabinet staple works well for “uh-ohs” when it comes to markers as well.
  • W-D 40:  This home maintenance mainstay can also help remove the marker.  This is not a kid-friendly product so it's best used when the kids aren't in the room.
  • Sunscreen: Anyone who has used sunscreen knows that they contain a lot of oils.  These same oils can help break down markers and remove the stain.  Some moms prefer spray sunscreen in combination with a Magic Eraser for the best results, but others find any sunscreen works well.

{ MORE: Tried & True Back-to-School Timesaving and Self-Care Hacks From Real-Life Moms }

Have you found anything else that works well?  Share your tips with us!

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Marker Mess? Remove Marker with These Household Items You Already Have

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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