How to Remove Permanent Marker From a Ball

Updated February 21, 2017

Permanent markers seem to always find their way into the hands of the most artistic children. Permanent marker stains are difficult, or even impossible, to remove from many surfaces. If your child used one to decorate a ball, there are several methods you can try to remove the stain completely. It is harder to remove stains if the ink was on the item for an extended length of time but you can try to lighten the permanent marker stain to the point that is barely visible, if it does not come off entirely. It may require several attempts, and methods, to remove the mark.

Dampen the corner of an old towel with non-acetone nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol. Vigorously rub the permanent marker stain with the towel. Use a clean spot on the towel as the ink transfers to it. Rinse the ball with clear water to remove all traces of the nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol.

Pour water over the ball so that the surface is wet. Scrub the ink mark with a cleaning eraser sponge. Use a clean area of the sponge as the permanent marker ink transfers onto it.

Cut a small lemon in half. Rub the lemon over the ink stain. Pour salt over the area. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the salt and lemon juice over the stain. Spread shaving cream over the salt and lemon juice. Use the toothbrush to scrub the area. Rinse the toothbrush out as the shaving cream becomes discoloured. Wipe the mixture from the ball as the shaving cream darkens. Continue to repeat the process until the mark is gone.

Pour ΒΌ cup baking soda into a small bowl. Mix in enough water to form a paste. Use an old toothbrush to rub the baking soda paste onto the permanent marker stain. Allow the paste to sit on the ink mark for 10 minutes. Rinse the ball with clean water. Repeat the process until the mark is gone or significantly faded.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Old towels
  • Cleaning eraser sponge
  • Small lemon
  • Salt
  • Shaving cream
  • Old toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Small bowl
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