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How to Get Crayola Markers Off Skin?

Written by Robert S. Brown / Fact checked by Helen B. Harris

How to Get Crayola Markers Off Skin

When working on various art projects and creative crafts, it’s pretty common to get some marker stains on your skin now and then. The first thing you’d probably do is simply rub the marker off or put it under running water to get rid of it. But does it work all the time?

I did the same thing, and you’d be lucky enough to get yourself in a mess of washable Crayola markers. But with permanent markers, it’s a different story; you might need more than just soapy water.

However, how to get crayola markers off skin. There are many effective methods to try to remove Crayola markers from your skin, and they are easy to do!

Are Crayola Markers Harmful to Skin


First of all, can these markers harm your skin?

Many artists and hobbyists find themselves asking this question, especially when they’re using these markers with kids. Fortunately, the Crayola brand has been widely regarded as among the safest brands for markers and other art supplies.

According to their official website, the brand ensures that their products contain no toxic substances or ingredients that are dangerous to human health even when they’re accidentally ingested.

Therefore, I think that’s a huge sigh of relief should you ever end up with doodles and stains of Crayola markers on your skin. However, if necessary, you may seek assistance from a physician if you have any concerns with the product’s ingredients.

Easy Ways on How to Remove Markers from Your Skin


Although there seems to be nothing to worry about these Crayola markers, marker stains can be really pesky and dirty; thus, you’ll need to get rid of them eventually. The following are methods you can try:

Wash it off with soap and water

It is the simplest method to try, and almost everyone usually does when markers get on the skin. And you’ll have the best chance to wash the markers off when they are still fresh. So, when markers get on your skin, you should quickly wash it with soap and water.


STEP 1: Wet your skin, put some soap on it, and rinse it off with water.

STEP 2: Use a damp or soft cloth to gently remove any residues

STEP 3: When some stains are still present, simply add more soap and rub it with a cloth in a circular motion several times.

Use sanitizers

Sanitizers seem to have been a staple household item these days. Since you might have one of these in your bag or anywhere in your home, a sanitizer is probably something you’d first get to eradicate these filthy marker stains.

While the alcohol content makes it an effective ink remover, hand sanitizers offer a skin-friendly formulation that makes it safe to use on all types of skin.


STEP 1: Take a pea-size amount of sanitizer and apply it to where the stain is.

STEP 2: Let it sit on your skin until you see the ink slowly spread.

STEP 3: Use a soft cloth or a cotton ball to wipe the stain off.

Wipe it clean with baby wipes

If you often carry a pack of baby wipes wherever you go, you’ll probably agree that it’s like an all-around dirt cleaner. It can effectively eliminate spills, grimy stains, and even marker stains.

Furthermore, if you’re looking for a gentle cleanser, these wipes are among the best options since they’re specifically made for babies. They don’t contain any harsh chemicals that may cause abrasive skin irritations.


STEP 1: Take one or two sheets of baby wipes.

STEP 2: Wipe it gently to your skin until the stain disappears.

STEP 3: if there are any residues, repeat the process and wipe the stain in a circular motion.

Try using baby oil

Although baby oil is primarily used as a skin moisturizer, it also does the trick to eliminate unwanted stains or substances on the skin, including marker stains.


STEP 1: Apply a small amount to the stain on your skin.

STEP 2: Slowly massage it into the skin until it removes the ink. You can also pour some baby oil onto a cotton ball and use it to erase marker ink.

STEP 3: As the marker ink fades or disappears, rinse your skin with water and soap.

Apply some olive oil or coconut oil

If there isn’t any baby oil available, you may try using olive oil or coconut oil. These natural oils attach to the layers of the skin and pick up substances as well as marker stains. It can soften the inks or stains so you can easily remove them.


STEP 1: Apply a small amount of coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area.

STEP 2: Massage it in until the ink or stain softens.

STEP 3: Use a piece of cloth or tissue to wipe it off. Rinse your skin under running water to get rid of the oil completely.

Try using a makeup remover

Whether it is water-based or oil-based, makeup removers contain properties that can eliminate stubborn eyeshadows, eyeliners, and even waterproof makeup. No wonder they are in every woman’s makeup stash.

When it comes to Crayola markers, a makeup remover can also be useful in erasing stain or ink due to its potent formulation. In addition, it’s safe to use on the skin and face since it is specially formulated to get rid of the eye and face makeup. Hence, you can use it to eliminate ink stains even when you get some on your face.


STEP 1: Get a cotton ball and apply a small amount of makeup remover.

STEP 2: Rub it on the skin in a round motion. Keep doing this until the stain disappears.

STEP 3: Wash it off with soap and water.

STEP 4: If it is an oil-based makeup remover, you can apply a small amount of it directly to the stain.

STEP 5: Massage it in until the stain spreads and softens. Use a tissue or cotton ball to remove it completely. Rinse with water.

Remove it with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol contains strong chemical ingredients that can quickly eradicate markers from the skin. But since it is chemical-based, you should use it with proper precaution. Keep it away from your eyes and mouth.

Moreover, if you’re going to remove stains from a kid or a toddler, you might want to skip this one and go for natural and gentle ingredients to prevent irritation.


STEP 1: Get a cotton ball and dip it into the alcohol.

STEP 2: Apply it to your skin and let it sit for a minute or until the stain is gone.

STEP 3: When doing this, just dab the cotton to your skin. Do not rub it vigorously as it may result in skin irritations.

A salt scrub might also work

Salt is a staple ingredient in the kitchen, natural household cleaning products, and even in marker stain removers after wrapping up a messy art project.

To get rid of those marker eyesores all over your skin, you can take some salt from your kitchen and make a salt scrub.


STEP 1: Use a tablespoon of sea salt and mix it with a teaspoon or just a minuscule amount of water to make a scrub paste.

STEP 2: Apply some to where the stain on your skin is and gently rub it in for a couple of minutes. Rinse with water.

STEP 3: Do this several times. It works as a natural skin exfoliator that peels off the layers of the marker ink. It may not disappear right away but it will fade over time.


To sum it up, getting your skin in messy Crayola marker stains is sometimes inevitable. The easy part is having fun and finding your creative self; the hard part could be tidying your skin from all the marker stains.

Fortunately, there are many different ways you can try to remove them as mentioned above. Not to mention that you can find most of the items you will need in your very own home! Which one of these ways are you going to try first? Share them with us!

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