How to Take Ink Off Skin

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How to Take Ink Off Skin
Michael Palimaka

Maybe your child coloured all over his arms and legs with permanent marker. Or maybe you grabbed a magic marker or ballpoint pen with the pen cap off. Sometimes the printer ink cartridge leaves a legacy of ink all over the fingers of the poor soul tasked with changing the printer cartridge. Whatever the reason, removing ink from skin requires some diligence. Ink marks on stain don't penetrate too deeply into the skin but rather discolours the top few layers of skin. It's possible to take ink off skin with common products that you use every day around your home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tissue
  • Baby oil or olive oil
  • Baby wipes
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hairspray
  • Bleach
  • Grape jelly
  • Cream or lotion
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

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  1. 1

    Pour baby oil (or olive oil) directly onto the ink on your skin and use a tissue to work the oil into the ink. Wipe to remove excess oil and repeat, if necessary, for complete removal.

  2. 2

    Grab the tub of baby wipes and scrub away. Baby wipes contain alcohol, which works well for removing any kind of ink.

  3. 3

    Apply regular isopropyl rubbing alcohol to a rag and wipe the ink stain on the skin. Don't press too hard, but gradually rub the ink away with repeated applications. Alcohol will dry the skin, so use this product sparingly when trying to take ink off skin. Wash with a mild soap and rinse the area completely after using rubbing alcohol.

  4. 4

    Spray hairspray onto the ink stain and wipe the spray and residue off with a soft cloth. Hairspray contains alcohol, which can help lift the ink stain.

  5. 5

    Mix a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water. Dip a rag into the solution and gently wipe the ink stains off your skin. Rinse multiple times with clean water and then wash with a mild soap. Don't use this method on the tender skin of children since bleach is a harsh cleanser with a very strong smell.

  6. 6

    Apply a spoonful of grape jelly to the ink stains on the skin and wipe it away.

  7. 7

    Massage a liberal amount of cream or lotion into the ink stains and wipe the stain. Repeat the application and removal until the stain disappears.

  8. 8

    Rub the ink stains with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. These pads are used to remove scuff marks on walls. While this won't help get rid of ink embedded in cuticles and knuckle skin, it will help remove larger ink stains from the skin.

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