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How to Wash Marker Out of Different Fabric

Making a mess is part of the fun of doing art! Here at Color Swell our bulk markers are designed to be child friendly and that means easy to clean too. So, what is the best way of washing marker out of different fabrics?

Water-based markers


When in the flow of drawing and coloring the last thing a child will want is being stopped every five minutes to clean up the mess they’ve made. This is why the first rule of cleaning marker pen from their clothes isn’t always possible - to move quickly and get to the stain before it dries!

According to Mom.com, the answer is with water and your usual detergent. Their website states, “Start by rinsing the stain under a cold tap, until the water flowing through runs clear. Then place a clean paper towel under the stain, and blot it with a damp cloth or cotton ball to push any lingering ink out of the fabric and onto the paper towel.”

A dab of liquid detergent can be used if that doesn’t work, and then you can put the garment into a washing machine as you would normally.

Permanent markers


Sometimes your little darlings can get their hands on permanent markers, but don’t worry so much if this gets on their clothes! Good Housekeeping have a method for washing marker out of fabric.

The Good Housekeeping website states, “Place the stain face down on clean paper towels. Sponge rubbing alcohol into the area around the stain, and then apply it directly to the stain. Continue sponging the stain with alcohol, transferring as much ink as possible to the paper towels, and replacing the towels as needed.” You then launder the clothes as normal. Should that fail GH suggest you should use a product called Amodex to get rid of the stain.

Bulk markers from Color Swell


All the bulk markers we sell at Color Swell are designed to be easily cleaned using the water-based markers method above. Come to us for all your bulk art supplies needs for quality that doesn’t skimp on quality.