How to Remove Magic Marker from Plastic

It can be difficult to figure out how to remove magic marker from plastic. It doesn't just wash off, the way some types of marker will. As with any type of stain removal, getting to the stain right away increases the chances that you will be able to get the marker out of the plastic. Here are some tips on how to remove magic marker from plastic.

An increasingly popular option for removing magic marker from plastic is the Magic Eraser. The Magic Eraser is a sort of sponge which is touted as being able to remove a plethora of substances from all sorts of hard surfaces. Use the Magic Eraser much the way you would use a sponge; rub it over the magic marker stain until it disappears.

Another option is to use rubbing alcohol. Pour the rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and scrub at the magic marker until the stain is gone.

A third option for magic marker removal is hairspray. Spray the hairspray onto the magic marker stain and then rub at it. It is believed that hairspray works because of the alcohol in it. The only problem with using hairspray is that it can cause discoloration on the plastic. If you choose to use hairspray, do a spot test first. To do a spot test, spray the hairspray on a hidden piece of plastic and let it sit for awhile. If nothing changes, feel free to use the hairspray on the magic marker.

You can also try acetone nail polish remover to get magic marker out of plastic. Check the bottle to make sure that the nail polish remover has acetone in it; otherwise it is useless. As with the rubbing alcohol, pour a little nail polish remover onto a cotton ball and rub at the magic marker stain until it comes out.

If one of these methods don't work, try another one. Remember that spot tests can save the surface of whatever you have the magic marker stain on.

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