How to get dry erase marker stains out of clothes

Dry erase markers are simple to remove from a dry erase board, but when the stain ends up on your clothes the removal process is a bit more involved. While commercial products are available to remove dye stains from clothes, you can save yourself the expense and chemical exposure by using home remedies to accomplish the same task.

Spray enough WD-40 or nail polish remover on the stain to completely saturate it. Cover it with cling film and let it sit for 20 minutes.

Remove the cling film and discard. Blot the dry erase marker stain with a clean cloth. Move to a clean portion of the cloth and continue to blot until there's no further transfer of dry erase marker to the cloth.

Mix 1 tsp liquid hand dish washing detergent and 1 tsp rubbing alcohol in a bowl. Dab a clean cloth in the detergent solution and wipe it on the remaining dry erase marker stain. Wipe in one direction only.

Flush the site of the stain with warm water while rubbing the fabric together.

Launder your clothes according to directions.


Avoid placing marker-stained clothing near a heat source such as the dryer or clothing iron as both will set the dry erase marker stain. The dry erase marker stain must be fully removed before you put the previously stained clothes inside a dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • WD-40
  • Nail polish remover (optional)
  • Cling film
  • Clean cloths
  • 1 tsp liquid hand dish washing detergent
  • 1 tsp rubbing alcohol
  • Bowl
  • Old toothbrush
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.