How to remove marker stains

There’s a reason why some markers get called a “permanent marker”, but if you get any on your shirt – don’t panic! There are many factors that contribute to successful marker stain removal, like fabric, the type of marker, as well as how long the stain has had to set. Permanent markers are made up of oils or alcohols, called “carriers”, which help the ink to stick to the surface and binds it there. These are water resistant, so rinsing won’t help much. You’ll want to remove marker stains on clothes as soon as possible, and the best way is to treat it before it dries and use a washing detergent, like Ariel, containing solvents that break down the stain. Follow our Ariel stain solutions and tips to remove marker stains.

Removing marker stains from clothing

  • 1

    Soak

    Soak the garment overnight in a solution containing a bit of Ariel Original Washing Liquid. You can dab the older stains with nail varnish remover, unless your garment is made out of synthetic fabric, and then wash with Ariel Original Washing Liquid as normal.

    Soak
  • 2

    Load

    Place the garment into the wash along with similar items.

    Load
  • 3

    Dose

    The pre-treat cap is also perfect for dosing. Just fill it with the correct dose of liquid detergent and place it directly into your washing machine drum, on top of the clothes.

    Dose
  • 4

    Wash

    Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated by the instructions on the garment’s fabric care label.

    Wash
  • 5

    Unload

    When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

    Unload

Effective stain removal on a variety of stains

Marker stains aren’t the only kind of stains you can get from your stationery. Ink stains are some of the most common stains you can get, since it gets everywhere, and also if you tend to have the habit to drink a hot beverage as you write or get creative, then you may also face tea stains or coffee stains on your garments. Luckily for you and not for most tough stains, Ariel offers outstanding stain removal from the first wash, so you can get on with your writing without worrying about the laundry.