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Your Questions: Removing Permanent Marker from Whites

By Dr. Laundry July 22, 2008

Q: In 1965 I was given a white cotton twill apron from the “A&P Tea Co.” meat department. I put my name across the apron with a permanent magic marker. I am trying to remove the name. I put the apron in a bucket and covered it with Clorox® Regular-Bleach1. It sat for 2 hours. I rinsed in cold water and washed it in the machine with hot water and Tide. The name is untouched. Can you help?

A: Wow A&P, that’s a name I haven’t heard in a while. I’m afraid I don’t have any good news for you. The operable word in your description is PERMANENT magic marker. This stuff is NOT supposed to come off and in my experience; it doesn’t even after several treatments/soaks/washes. Unfortunately you will either have to live with the name or find a way to cover it.