This morning I woke up at 10:30! I have two babies so the fact that I woke up so late was just completely unbelievable. Of course I woke up several times before then, but it was crazy that they let me stay in bed so late. I thought that maybe my children were just amazing and being so good. I should have been more suspicious. My toddler usually wakes me up in some form or another. My son finally ran into my room and handed me a black Sharpie at 10:30. My heart jumped through my chest, but thankfully the lid was on “phew!” That was a close one! I went out to the living room. I got him breakfast and then saw something on the ground. I got closer.
And this is what I saw…..
A Sharpie with it’s lid on and only a Sharpie Lid!
Oh No! I quickly scan the room. I see a little paper with Sharpie marker colored all over it. Oh okay that’s not too bad. I guess we won’t get our oil changed.
And then my toddler ran up to me. I gasped. How did I not notice earlier? I ripped off his pajamas.
I was so mad!! Look how cute these pajamas are! Little Moose on his feet! Aww….
And then I continued to look….
Really? Come on child! What was your thought process! Ruined….right?
I wanted to save these things! Our toddler is the oldest and we want four kids, so these things need to last longer. I decided to bring a little creativity to the table and started investigating everything that took off Sharpie. First thing I was going to tackle was the little motorcycle.
First thing I did was take a dry erase marker and draw over the permanent marker and then I wiped. Not much improvement. So I took some nail polish remover to try to get more of it off.
A little better, but the handles were just more smeared.
I then created a “Remove Permanent Marker” mix.
I mixed together milk, vinegar, nail polish remover, Borax and lemon juice.
The substance created hard bricks out of the borax and liquid around it. I took the hard clump and began scrapping at the motorcycle.
I then took a clothe and wiped off all of the soap.
Not 100% perfect, but pretty darn close!
My next assignment…his pajamas. I did not have the heart to throw them away! They are wayyyy too cute!!
The first thing I did was spray lemon juice on all of the permanent market spots. I let it soak in a little bit. I then scrubbed.
I then poured the mix (that I made for the motorcycle) all over the permanent marker spots.
I let the mixture sit in the fabric for a few minutes. And then I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed…
I then sprayed Zout on top of the marker…
I scrubbed that in.
I then put dish soap on top and scrubbed it in.
I then put the pajamas underneath the sink, because you won’t want that much stuff running through your washer.
I topped it off with some Oxy clean and scrubbed that into the fabric.
I topped it all off with my own laundry detergent.
I put it into the washer on COLD and ran it by itself on a regular cycle.
I just took it out of the wash and BAM! 🙂 SO much better !! 🙂 Our Moose Pajamas Live!! Now don’t do that again you silly toddler!!
What are your tried and true ways to take off Permanent Marker?
One mom suggested Hand Sanitizer! 🙂