Got some permanent marker ink on your plastics and it seems impossible to take it off? Well, worry no more! Here are a few do it yourself tricks that you can use to get sharpie off the plastic!
1. Try rubbing alcohol with a cotton swab
Alcohol has solvents that help to dissolve the chemicals in permanent ink.
The more concentrated the alcohol, the more effective it will be in removing the stain off from the plastic. Thus, rubbing alcohol is the safest and suits best if the percentage is above 90% at least.
Dip some cotton swab or paper towel in rubbing alcohol and rub it over the stain. However, it may not come off immediately and you may need to try it a few times before it does the trick!
2. Dry erase marker
This works well, especially on smooth plastic surfaces. Try covering the stain by writing with a dry erase marker and clean it off quickly with the help of a paper towel.
Try to use a darker colored erase marker ink. A few tries might be required for the complete removal of the stain.
Moreover, it is particularly effective for removing permanent marker ink from whiteboard surfaces.
3. Baking soda and toothpaste
Take equal parts of baking soda and an abrasive white pale toothpaste and mix them into a paste.
Put this paste over the stain and rub it with your finger or a toothbrush. Remove it off with a paper towel or a cloth. Try some rubbing alcohol to remove the residue stain.
However, make sure that the added toothpaste is NOT of gel nature.
4. Hand sanitizer or acetone
Acetone and hand sanitizers are also effective in taking permanent ink from the surface of a plastic.
Hand sanitizers are better for curved surfaces and help in reducing the size of the stain but acetones are most effective for this purpose.
However, a drawback of acetone is that it can affect the color and texture of the plastic. Dip a cotton swab into some acetone and rub it over the stain. Make sure it is not too strong as that might distort the plastic.
5. Sunscreen or hair spray
Spray some hairspray over the stain and clean it with a paper towel or clean cloth while it stays wet or you can also dampen a clean cloth with hairspray and rub it over the stain.
Try rubbing some sunscreen over plastic totes and remove it with a clean cloth.
6. Tea tree oil
Soak some cotton ball or a cotton swab into tea tree oil and rub it over the stained surface and remove it with a clean cloth.
Moreover, it shows better results and also smells a lot better than other alcohol hacks.
7. Acetone free nail polish remover
You can use acetone-free nail polish remover for non-porous plastic surfaces.
For this purpose, pour a few drops of the nail polish remover on some clean towel and pat firmly on the surface of the stain. Then gently wipe it off with a clean towel.
Moreover, this method is particularly effective for removing sharpie stains from plastic laminated surfaces.
8. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide among other cleaning household agents is pretty effective in removing stains from hard plastic surfaces.
Moreover, other cleaning agents may include bleach, vinegar and baking soda etcetera.
9. Magic eraser sponge with cleaning agents
They are easily available at your local grocery stores. Look for a clean white brick-shaped magic eraser sponge without bleach or any other additive. Cut it into smaller pieces and dip in water or rubbing alcohol.
Next, clean the stain in small circular strokes and wait 5-10 minutes before results appear. However, make sure not to use the magic eraser on glossy surfaces as it seems to fade the glossy finish.
10. Pencil eraser
It is effective for stains of lighter nature on smooth plastic surfaces. A better-quality rubber eraser shows better results. Simply rub it over the stain until it starts to fade.
Some other items effective in how to get a sharpie off plastic:
You can also use a glass cleaner for this. Cleaning creams and gritty hand soap can do the trick as well.
There is a sharpie approved product, Amodex Ink and Stain Remover which can be bought easily online.
Goo gone is also shown to work in removing sharpie stains from plastic. Moreover, you can try rubbing it with some lemon juice.
Additionally, an abrasive pale toothpaste can do the trick on a plastic surface. A WD-40 can be sprayed on the stain and cleaned with a cloth. Lighter fluids can be used along with air fresheners containing alcohol in them.
So, what are you waiting for? Go try these life hacks and recover your favorite plastic items without wasting another minute!