What Is the Effect of Vinegar on Permanent Markers?

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Permanent marker stains can be easily fixed with vinegar.
Permanent marker stains can be easily fixed with vinegar. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter)

Vinegar is a powerful and natural solution for problems caused by permanent markers. As a stain remover, vinegar applied to permanent marker stains on fabric and hard surfaces will remove the stubborn stain.

Removing the Stain

Vinegar is used as popular household cleaning remedy. According to Good Housekeeping magazine, vinegar can be used to easily remove permanent marker stains. For permanent marker stains on fabric, place the stain face down on several sheets of clean paper towels and sponge vinegar directly on the stain and then rinse with water.

In the Wash

For laundry, vinegar can be added to the washing machine or to pre-treat the stain with a mix of one part vinegar to two parts water.

Hard Surfaces

Apply white vinegar to a clean towel to remove permanent marker from glass or other hard surfaces.

Why It Works

Vinegar’s acidic nature makes it an effective agent in breaking up stains.

Dry Erase Boards

Vinegar can also be used to remove permanent marker from dry erase boards. Use a simple solution of equal parts water and vinegar and wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Dry Erase Markers

Vinegar can be used to prolong the life of dry erase and some permanent markers. A very small amount, about a drop, applied to the marker will restore the marker.

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