How to Get Sharpie Off a Binder

Sharpie is a brand of permanent markers that are available in a number of colors and tip sizes. If you have written on a binder cover with a Sharpie, you may think that it must be thrown away when you want a clean one. Fortunately, the term "permanent marker" is somewhat misleading when dealing with smooth, plastic surfaces. It can be removed with a solvent such as alcohol, acetone or nail polish remover.

Sharpie lines can be removed with alcohol.

Step 1

Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. The stronger the alcohol, the easier the Sharpie will come off.

Step 2

Rub the soaked cotton ball vigorously on the Sharpie marks that you want to remove.

Step 3

Repeat the process with a fresh cotton ball if the current one becomes saturated with ink.

Step 4

Switch to acetone or nail polish remover if the alcohol does not remove all of the Sharpie.