Have you ever used a permanent marker on plastic and then realized that you couldn’t get it off?
I’m not talking about a quick dash that you wipe off when you realize what you have done. I’m talking about the plastic lunchbox that you wrote “Have a great 1st day of school” – but that was six months ago and your child doesn’t want to take it to school anymore. So, do you get the marker off or fight with your kid or give in and buy a new one (NEVER!)?
Or what about when your sweet darling daughter decides to “decorate” her plastic playhouse with permanent marker. It’s kind of cute… until it isn’t anymore. So, what do you do?
There is no need to thrown out these items or even get upset. I’ve discovered the easiest, most incredible solution to this problem. This is even more magical than the magic eraser that I wrote about.
But first, I need to tell you that I tried everything that I could think of to get rid of this marker before I discovered this magic tip.
I tried rubbing it off. I tried soap and water. I tried scratching the ink off. Nothing really worked. Well, scratching kind of worked but it destroyed the plastic underneath, so what’s the point?
So, here’s the way to remove permanent marker from plastic:
Scribble over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker. Then wipe off. MAGIC!!!
Perhaps you don’t have a dry erase marker and yet you need to remove permanent marker. Here are 10 more products to try to remove the marker. I can’t vouch for them, I can only say that I have seen them suggested. As always try these ideas on a small inconspicuous corner first.
- WD-40 – My husband swears by this product for just about everything.
- Hand Sanitizer – I have tried this method and it does work, but not as well as using a dry erase marker. But, you’re hands will be sanitized when you are done.
- Toothpaste – Most toothpastes have a bit of abrasive ingredients which is why this works.
- Ben-Gay – has alcohol in it, so this is why it works.
- Bar Keeper’s Friend cleanser – this is a mild cleaner. It has abrasives, but they are very fine so they won’t scratch your surface.
- Baking soda and water – make a paste and leave on for a few minutes and then buff off.
- Baking soda and vinegar – put a thin later of baking soda and then sprinkle vinegar. It will foam. Leave for a few minutes and then wipe off.
- Rubbing alcohol – 99% or 90% works best (so they say.)
- Peroxide – wipe on, wipe off.
- Used coffee grounds – sprinkle, buff, remove residue.
So, did you go and find something with permanent marker and try out this tip? Did it work? You’re welcome.