How to Get Ink Off a Toddler

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Remove ink from your child's skin easily.
Remove ink from your child's skin easily. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

You turned your back for five seconds, and somehow your child managed to draw all over herself with an ink pen. It may seem like a daunting task, but removing ink stains from your child's skin isn't going to be that difficult. Just try not to scrub too hard to aggravate the skin; ink won't hurt your child if it's left for a few days to wear off.

Things You'll Need

  • Lava soap
  • Shortening
  • Aquaphor or baby oil
  • Alcohol

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Wash with soap and water. Try regular soap or baby shampoo first. If these don't work, use an abrasive soap, like Lava, that has an exfoliant in it that will scrub at the ink stains little harder.

Rub shortening on the ink. The greasiness of it will help the ink slide right off of skin. Aquaphor, a petroleum based moisturizer, will have the same effect.

Apply a little alcohol for stubborn ink spots. Don't scrub hard; just rub it into the stain and then rinse with soap and water.

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