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How do you remove markers from clothing?

By Dr. Laundry January 4, 2016

Q: How do you remove markers from clothing that a two-year-old colored on?   A: Hopefully this means you have a little Picasso!  It does sound like you have at least a few items to get stains out of, so start by checking the care labels.  You will need to pretreat the stains before washing as follows:   –For white, bleachable items like cotton, polyester, and poly/cotton blends, first pretreat the stains with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel.  It’s easy—just apply a little of the gel directly to the stain and gently rub it in using the soft scrubber tip.  Wash the item immediately in the hottest water recommended on the garment care label using detergent and ½ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Let the item(s) air dry and then check for success.  A super concentrated stain may need a second treatment for complete removal.   –If the stained item has color, or if the item has any spandex (check the care label!) then first pretreat with Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster.  Apply a little Clorox2® liquid directly to the stain and gently rub it in.  Wait 5 minutes, and then wash in the hottest water recommended on the item’s care label using detergent and more Clorox2®.  Air dry the item and check for success; if any stain remains you can repeat the treatment.   It’s important to start by checking care labels.  That way you won’t use the bleach pen on a white item that has a little spandex in it.  You should also avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, and leather.  I hope this helps—please let me know if you have any other questions, and thanks for writing!   –Dr. Laundry