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How to Remove Fabric Marker From Clothes

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By Liza

My Laundry Question

Dress jacket (White) has yellow fabric marker on the shoulder how do I get it out?

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My 8 year old son was coloring with fabric markers and turned around with marker in hand to talk to his sister and accidentally got it on my Jacket!!! So now there is a bright yellow mark on the left shoulder of my favorite Dress jacket

Lessons Learned

  • Lesson Learned NEVER EVER come home late and hang your white dress jacket on the back of your kitchen chair, then in the morning give your kids a craft that involves any kind of color!!!! lol Take the two seconds to hang it up!!!! Yup I finally leaned what mom tried so hard to beat into my head HANG YOUR COAT UP!!! lol

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

97 % Cotton

3 % Spandex

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Mom is usually right! Unfortunately, fabric markers are meant to be permanent. But there is hope. Using a cotton swab and some isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, begin at the outer edges of the stain and work toward the middle. Change swabs as color is transferred from the stain to the swab. You can also use a white cotton rag to absorb some of the ink but do not rub because it may spread the ink - just blot. It may take several attempts to remove the ink. Use patience and hopefully it will fade. When you have removed as much ink as possible, spot treat the area with a solution of oxygen based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and water. If the jacket is machine washable, mix a solution of the oxygen bleach and water following package directions and soak the jacket overnight. That should help to lighten any remaining color.

Good luck!

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