With all of the many uses that Sharpies have, they come with their own set of irritating problem --- most notably, ink stains. Ink stains are one thing on clothing and other fabrics, but are slightly more embarrassing when they are on your skin. Sharpie ink is difficult to remove with regular soap and water, but with time it will eventually fade away. For those looking to speed the process along, there are several methods that may be helpful.

Apply hand sanitizer to a soft clean cloth and rub the ink stain with it. Continue to rub the stain until the ink is gone.

Apply toothpaste to the ink stain with a soft, clean dry cloth and rub until no more ink will come off. Wash the area with warm, soapy water.

Use a soft, clean cloth dipped in sunscreen to wipe away the ink. Wash the residual sunscreen away with warm, soapy water.

Pour isopropyl alcohol onto a soft, clean cloth and wipe the ink away. Be sure to rinse the area well with warm water.

Use a cotton ball or soft clean cloth dipped in nail polish remover with acetone to gently wipe the ink from the skin. Wash the area well with warm, soapy water.


WD-40 and baby oil may be gentler alternatives for your skin.


Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives on your skin since they may cause infections. Residual ink will wear off in time.