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    Grabbed an orange sharpie to write something and clumsy me dropped it on my purple blouse :-(. Luckily, it's cow appreciation day (ie, dress like cow, get free chicken from chick-fil-a) and I dressed like a cow for free breakfast. So I took my spots (black construction paper safety pinned to shirt) off my white blouse. Oh well, at least I don't have to walk around with a large orange spot on my shirt all day. Any suggestions on what I can try to save the blouse? It's a cotton/spandex mix, so cutting it up for quilt squares is not an option :-(. If I can't get it out, I may try making a doll dress or something out of it.

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    Sharpies are tough.

    Maybe Goof-off or whatever that stuff is called. I used it on my husband's jeans after we used oil based stain on the fence. Took about 3 days of soaking, rinsing with a hose and repeating until I finally washed the jeans about 3 times in the washer. They came out looking almost new.

    Can you put a small patch over it? Or wear the shirt with Overalls. :)

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    hmmm, oxy clean maybe. if all else fails, try the dry cleaners too. good luck.

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    I've used rubbing alcohol to remove black sharpie.
    Drop the orange marker on the rest of you blouse so it look intentional? ;)

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Goof-off is sold at Meijer, which is on my way home from work. I'll run in there and pick that and some oxy clean up and work on it over the weekend. It was my favorite purple blouse, but I only paid a few dollars for it at Good Will, so I'm not spending the $ at the dry cleaners :-(. I will try the stain remover products though.

    ETA: found some rubbing alcohol at work and have been trying that. But the container's about empty. I know I've got some of that at home that I can try.

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    I have recently discovered liquid Oxiclean at Walmart. Like it *much* better than the powder. If using Oxiclean, I would definitely use the liquid or gel version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qbquilts
    Thanks for the suggestions. Goof-off is sold at Meijer, which is on my way home from work. I'll run in there and pick that and some oxy clean up and work on it over the weekend. It was my favorite purple blouse, but I only paid a few dollars for it at Good Will, so I'm not spending the $ at the dry cleaners :-(. I will try the stain remover products though.

    ETA: found some rubbing alcohol at work and have been trying that. But the container's about empty. I know I've got some of that at home that I can try.
    Another thing, when you get home, don't put the blouse in the dryer until you think the stain is gone or at least lightened up. The heat of the dryer will set the stain.

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    Might be worth a try to use nail polish remover on it but not sure if it will damage the color of the fabric.

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    hair spray to get rid of ink

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    If the nail polish remover doesn't work (please test in an inside seam first), you might try lighter fluid. It removes a lot of stains. The dry cleaners use it a lot to remove stains and then clean the garments.

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    I use the Duggar Family's laundry detergent receipe and it removed black sharpie from my white blouse (cotton/spandex like yours).

    http://www.duggarfamily.com/content/...load%20machine

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    I got red sharpie out of my off-white carpet with a product called Awesome. I got it at Dollar General.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaha
    hair spray to get rid of ink
    Yes, Hair spray to get rid of any ink, anywhere, before it is in the dryer.

    Hydrogen peroxide, full strength will take out alot of stains--blood, spaghetti sauce, ketsup, mustard-- out of any fabric. No, it does not bleach out the color. Can be used on jeans without worry. Do this before you wash.

    Also, try Dawn hand dish washing soap. apply full strength to area rub gently into the stain. allow to dry some, then wash.?good luck.:)

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    try a Mr Clean sponge, its' like a magic eraser, just wet it and rub

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    Awesome cleaner from the dollar tree store

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    try dry erase board cleaner it works for sharpies at times.

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    zout...it works pretty well on most stains.

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    Hair spray has always worked for me.

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    Hair spray. It will spread when you spray it, but don't worry, put it in the wash. Check it after it is washed, if some remain, do it again until gone. Don't dry until the stain is out. An ink pen broke in a new shirt of my DH once and it took several washing, but came out. I put pens in my pocket all the time and the marks come out and my uniform tops are still good for work. Many of them have been washed and dryed several times before I get to them. Good luck, it really works.

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    WD-40 works for me at getting Sharpie writing off of other things. If all else fails....

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    call the company. there are ways to get it off. a friend had some get on a white quilt and they helped her get it off. thank goodness.

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    Goo Gone or Oxyclean. One or the other ought to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraSue
    Quote Originally Posted by leaha
    hair spray to get rid of ink
    Yes, Hair spray to get rid of any ink, anywhere, before it is in the dryer.

    Hydrogen peroxide, full strength will take out alot of stains--blood, spaghetti sauce, ketsup, mustard-- out of any fabric. No, it does not bleach out the color. Can be used on jeans without worry. Do this before you wash.

    Also, try Dawn hand dish washing soap. apply full strength to area rub gently into the stain. allow to dry some, then wash.?good luck.:)
    Hair spray absolutely. I.m surrounded by a family of artists and I've used it many many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    I've used rubbing alcohol to remove black sharpie.
    Drop the orange marker on the rest of you blouse so it look intentional? ;)
    I like the ''more marks' idea I now use water-based markers from the Crayon brand

    :-)

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