Is your child a feature artist? Does he or she love to color? Have they ever colored on themselves? As any parent will tell you this has happened to them at one time or another. The only problem is how do you get marker off your skin.
There are many ways to get marker off your skin, some work effectively more than others, while some work none at all. However, the one thing to remember when dealing with markers is just because it says it is washable doesn’t mean it is.
And if your child is one of the lucky ones to have the enjoyment of using himself or herself as paper than here are a few things you can do to remove, or at the very least, lighten, the marker from his or her skin.
1 – Soap and water: Good ole fashion trick that usually will remove most if not all of the marker. Some scrubbing may be required. When using soap and water DO NOT give your child a bath. Bathing your child will only cause the marker to get onto other parts of his or her skin, making the problem worse.
2 – Rubbing alcohol: Rubbing alcohol is a good way to remove marker. In most cases it will remove the marker from the skin, however, in darker patches it may be harder to remove. The downside of rubbing alcohol is it will dry out your skin and can cause redness.
3 – Baby Oil: A good choice for any child because it is safe to use and will keep your skin soft. Simply rub in the oil onto the skin and wipe with a cloth.
4 – Baby Wipes: Another good choice for kids. Baby wipes will effectively wipe off the marker, some scrubbing may need to be done.
5 – Canola oil and/or cooking oil: Safe to use and will keep your skin from drying out. You may have to do some scrubbing but should remove the marker from you skin with ease.
6 – Toothpaste: Yes, toothpaste. Toothpaste is a good choice to use because it will remove the marker, any marker, with ease. Rub the toothpaste into your skin and let it sit for a couple of minutes than wipe off with a wet cloth.
7 – WD-40: Believe it or not WD-40 will get marker off from anything, and that includes skin.
8 – Nail Polish Remover: Another good product to remove marker but it will dry out skin and cause redness.
9 – Coca-Cola: It is not just a drink anymore. Coca-Cola can be an effective cleaning product when used against those nasty colors.
10 – Vinegar: Yeah it smells bad but if it works, it works and Vinegar will work to remove Crayola marker.
11 – Baking Soda and Water: Mix the baking soda with water to form a paste and rub it into the marker, than wipe it away with a rag.
12 – Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: Mr. Clean… Mr. Clean. The song says it all. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers will take away the marker and any mess you find lying around with ease. However, they can be abrasive and do use chemicals.
13. Acne cleaners – They will leave your face red and can be abrasive but will remove any marker.
14. Shaving Cream – Not only good for the legs but great for getting markers off the skin. Plus it will leave your kid feeling all soft and silky.
15. Sun Screen – Get rid of the marker and protect there skin at the same time.
16. Pool – If you have a pool near by the Chlorine will take it right off, plus it will make washing it off fun and easier, especially since it is hands free.
17. Hair Spray – Very abrasive and it will dry you out but, again, another effective way to get marker off your skin.
Please keep in mind when using any product some can cause an allergic reaction so always test a small spot first.
Like any trick, some of the methods may work for you while others will not. It is important to remember that they are children and this is what children do – they color on everything and not one person will think you are a bad parent. So relax, enjoy the moment, and if you have a camera take a picture because these are the memories you will laugh over.