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How Do You Get Permanent Marker Out Of Pink Pants?

By Dr. Laundry March 23, 2016

Q:  How Do You Get Permanent Marker Out Of Pink Pants?


A: While regular marker stains can be easily removed by pretreating with liquid Clorox2® before washing, permanent marker stains are just that, permanent!  Just in case you end up with a non-permanent marker stain in the future, here’s how you treat it:

  • apply liquid Clorox2® directly to the stain and gently rub it in.
  • wait 5-10 minutes, then wash in the warmest water recommended on the garment’s care label using detergent and more Clorox2®.
  • air dry and check for success—keep the item out of the dryer until the stain is all the way out.
  • if the stain is super concentrated (a bleeding pen leaves a big stain, more work to remove than if you accidentally mark something) you can repeat the treatment until you are successful.

I’m sorry I couldn’t be more helpful as far as permanent marker stains go.  Please let me know if you have any other questions, and thanks for writing.


–Dr. Laundry