How to Get Permanent Marker Out of a Backpack

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Things You'll Need

  • Hairspray

  • Cloths

  • Rubbing alcohol

Hairspray will remove some permanent marker stains.

It's all too easy to carry around a permanent marker in a backpack only to find out later that the cap was off and you've been left with a nasty stain on the fabric. Don't worry, however, because permanent marker stains don't actually have to be permanent. You can significantly lighten and even completely remove permanent marker stains from a backpack if you treat them quickly and with the right method.


Step 1

Empty the backpack of its contents.

Step 2

Spray enough hairspray directly onto the stain to thoroughly dampen the area.

Step 3

Press down on the stain with a clean, white cloth to blot out the hairspray and ink. Continue doing this until you don't see anymore marker ink transferring to the cloth.

Step 4

Dab the area with another cloth that is wet with clean water.


Step 5

Blot dry again.

Step 6

Dab rubbing alcohol onto the stain if any marks remain.

Step 7

Blot dry once more.



Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.