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Don’t Make These Common Sharpie Mistakes

By Sydney Cook
Posted On Jun 16, 2016
Don’t Make These Common Sharpie Mistakes

 

Sharpie is synonymous with permanent in our minds, and though it’s meant to be everlasting, sometimes you need to remove it ASAP. Below are three common sharpie mistakes made by the young, the old, the wise, and the not-so-wise.

Sharpie on Fabric

Whether you’re getting down and dirty with the kids and their crafts or you’re working on a company project; Sharpies are go-to creativity tools. Their vibrant colors spark endless imagination and provide inspiration, but aside from the brilliance of these ballpoints, there’s a downside – the stains! Young or old, we can’t seem to avoid clothing stains while using Sharpies.

Fear not – the stains are pretty simple to remove. Dab the area with an old towel and rubbing alcohol to lift the mark before tossing it in the wash. And voila!

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Sharpie Tattoos

Sharpie tattoos seems to be the thing to do before deciding whether you actually want a permanent tattoo. Well, it’s not exactly safe for the skin. According to Sharpie’s blog, markers that bear the Arts and Creative Materials Institute’s “non-toxic” label have been tested and deemed safe to use by children and adults, but not for body art such as drawing eyeliner, filling in tattoos, or making temporary tattoos.

The company expressed their gratitude for people using their products, but safety comes first. Sharpies contain n-propanol, n-butanol, diacetone alcohol, and cresol. Though n-propanol is safe enough to be used in cosmetics, the other compounds are not.

If you’re in the middle of filling in an exquisite tattoo or just noticed some ink on your child’s wrist, apply some baby oil to the skin and wash the area with soap and water. The oil will help gently loosen the pigments while the soap and water will wash it all away.

Opt for one of the below possibilities instead.

Metallic Tattoos

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Henna Tattoos

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Temporary Stick-on Tattoos

Photo Credit: Etsy - Tattify
Photo Credit: Etsy – Tattify

Sharpie on Walls

Your guide to removing permanent marker off your pretty painted walls, aka your child’s canvas, lies below – patience not included. Before pulling your hair out, sit tight because the so-called permanent marks can be remedied. All you’ll need is a can of aerosol hair spray. Spray the area and lightly rub with an old rag. If that doesn’t work, try the same with rubbing alcohol.

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock