How To Get Permanent Marker Off A Barbie Doll 2021

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If your Barbie has been accidentally marked on and now you need to know how to get permanent marker off a Barbie doll your in the right place. 

I have a couple of methods for you to try out in hopes of removing the offending marks on your beloved doll.  

Supplies You Need to Get Started

You will need something to rub on the marks with. This can be a Q-tip, cotton round or pad, a soft cloth or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. 

Next you will need a cleaner to use with your cleaning implement of choice. This can be nail polish with acetone, rubbing alcohol, zit cream or a mild soap. 


Words of Caution

While these techniques will get rid of the marker, they can likewise get rid of the coloration that is utilized to include details to a doll’s face. If there are other paints/marking on the doll that you don’t get rid of, use the cotton swabs and watch carefully as you are cleaning up to guarantee they are not being rubbed away with the marker.

How to Get Permanent Marker off a Barbie Doll with a Magic Eraser

If you have a magic eraser, start with that first. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are fantastic for removing all kinds of spots. Simply wet it with water and gently rub along the marked up surface in a small circular motion. 

Don’t have a magic eraser? Try removing the permanent marker with rubbing alcohol. 

Watch this process at work with an American Doll Girl below. 

How to Get Permanent Marker off a Barbie Doll with Rubbing Alcohol

Moisten a Q-tip or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Rub the alcohol over the marked surface area. If the doll has other paints and colorings on the surface, use the Q-tip for better precision. 

Be careful to avoid areas of the face like the eyebrows, eyes, and lips. You could potentially rub off the dolls original paint if you are not careful.  

No rubbing alcohol on hand? Try nail polish remover, it has to be the kind with acetone for it to be effective. 

How to Get Permanent Marker off a Barbie Doll with Nail Polish Remover

Tip – This only works on fresh marks! If they are set in stains this may not work well. 

Nail polish remover is another terrific at-home product for removing permanent marker. Again, moisten the cotton ball or swab with the nail polish remover and rub it over the affected area.

When the stain is eliminated, clean over the surface area with soap and water to get rid of any residue from the cleaning products.

How to Get Permanent Marker off a Barbie Doll with Zit Cream

Yep, you read this correctly, zit cream.  Not just any zit cream though, it has to contain at least 10% benzoyl peroxide for it to be effective.

Lightly dab the Barbie’s marks with a Q-tip and let sit. The longer the better but at the least an hour at a time. Then cover the areas in saran wrap and place in a warm area such as direct sunlight or under a lamp. 

Then simply lightly run over the marks again with a damp Q-tip to remove. 

This process can be repeated multiple times until the mark is fully removed. 

Removing Permanent Marker in the Washing Machine

Have none of the above items on hand? You could always try tossing the Barbie in the washing machine! Just run it through a normal cycle, though this may lighten the marker and not completely remove the stain. 

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3 thoughts on “How To Get Permanent Marker Off A Barbie Doll 2021”

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    Do these work for Charex babies? My youngest daughter wrote with permanent marker on her sister’s baby! 😭 We have tried acetone, a baking soda solution, and just soap and water. Nothing. I don’t want to ruin the baby.

    1. admin_prettydolls

      Oh no! Charex babies are made out of vinyl but not quite the same material as Barbie. I would try the magic eraser, get it damp and go around in circular motions, be very careful of any painted features as it make remove that as well. Also too much water can ruin the water so be sure not to over do it. If all else fails, the zit cream would be my next step.. It is time consuming but it does work. I’m sorry about your baby :-(.

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