Things You'll Need
Liquid dish soap
Nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol
Hairspray (any variety)
Despite its name, permanent marker can be removed from walls and doors. There are several common household items that can be used to remove permanent marker stains. Not all of these remedies work on every surface or on every stain, so be prepared to try several of them to find the one that will work best for your stain.
Removing the Stain Without Chemicals
Apply a small amount of liquid dish soap to a damp paper towel and rub the stain. If the stain is fresh, this may work to remove it.
Scrub the stain with a damp eraser sponge. This product is generally safe to use on all surfaces, but read the packaging to make sure it is safe to use on your door or wall. If the stain is not removed, try another solution listed in the sections below.
Remove any soap or other residue by wiping the area clean with a damp paper towel.
Removing the Stain with Nail Polish Remover
Pour a small amount of nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol onto a clean paper towel and apply it to the stain.
Blot the stain to loosen the ink and then rub the stain to remove it. Nail polish remover can remove paint from walls, so test a small area of the wall before trying this method.
Remove any nail polish remover residue by wiping the area with a wet paper towel.
Removing the Stain with Hairspray
Spray a generous amount of hairspray directly onto the permanent marker stain.
Allow the hairspray to set for a moment but do not let the hairspray dry.
While the hairspray is still wet, scrub the hairspray off with clean paper towels.
Remove any hairspray residue by wiping the area with a wet paper towel.
Removing the Stain with Toothpaste
Apply a small amount of white toothpaste to the stain and allow it to set for a few minutes.
Use a dry soft toothbrush to scrub the toothpaste and stain off the wall or door.
Wipe any excess toothpaste off the wall with a damp paper towel.
Keep rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover away from children and open flames.