How to Remove Permanent Marker from a Doll’s Face

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Cath asked: How do I remove permanent marker from a doll’s face? The head of the doll is hard, and the body is soft. The marker is just on the head.

When permanent marker lands on unwanted surfaces, it can be tricky to remove. Fortunately, this is not a new problem and there a host of options to choose from. Use the items and steps below to remove the unwanted marks.

You Will Need:

  • Cotton swabs or cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail polish remover (with acetone)
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Soft cloths
  • Mild soap
  • Water

Steps to Remove the Marker:

  1. For the purposes of this guide, we will work our way through the products above, however, if you don’t have one of them on hand, feel free to skip a step and move onto the item that is available.
  2. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are great for removing all kinds of stains. Simply moisten the sponge and rub it over the marker. If it doesn’t remove all of the marks, continue on with the next step.
  3. Moisten a cotton swab or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Rub the alcohol over the marked surface. If the doll has other paints and colorings on the surface, use the cotton swab for better accuracy.
  4. Nail polish remover is another great at-home product for removing permanent marker. Again, moisten the cotton ball or swab with the remover and rub it over the affected area.
  5. Once the stain is removed, clean the surface with soap and water to remove any residue from the cleaning products.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • While these methods will remove the marker, they can also remove the coloration that is used to add details to a doll’s face. If there is other paints/marking on the doll that you don’t removed, use the cotton swabs and watch closely as you are cleaning to ensure they are not being rubbed away with the marker.

Comments

  1. Hannah says:

    My friend and I were making clothes for our Ever After High dolls and my friend accidentally got Sharpie on her doll. We tried all of these and they didn’t work. The last thing we tried was nail polish remover and it took paint off her lips and smeared her eyeball. So these things do not work; do not follow these tricks.

  2. Aubrey says:

    Thanks…
    This was so useful for me :)

  3. Lynn H says:

    None of these worked for us. I got Sharpie on my daughter’s Monster High doll and none of these worked. Prior to reading these tips, I tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, and I also tried the nail polish remover… no luck :(

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