How to Get Crayola Markers Off Your Toddler’s Skin

Did your toddler take a Crayola marker to his skin? Don’t worry; most Crayola products are water-based and can be removed easily.


Toddlers are unpredictable. There were plenty of times when I would give my son markers and a coloring book only to find more marker on his skin then the paper. Fortunately, we always used Crayola products which were easy to wash off the skin.

“Normally, Crayola washable products can be removed from the skin by washing with soap and water,” says Crayola. “If you are unsuccessful with soap and water, try using baby wipes, baby oil or make-up remover. Since Crayola washable products are water-based, you may find that keeping the area moist with water will help to lift the stain.”

However, Crayola products react differently to various skin types depending on the person’s unique body chemistry. Removing marker from your child’s skin may require some gentle scrubbing and trying several products before you find one that works.

What the Experts Say

Getting marker off your child’s skin isn’t always as easy as rubbing it off with soap and water. Sometimes it takes a little more effort. Here’s what some experts have to say about removing marker from the skin.

“Don’t worry if your toddler decides to decorate her face with her new Crayola markers; you will be able to remove her artwork from her skin. Most Crayola products, including markers, are formulated to be washable, making stains easy to remove from a number of different surfaces – including skin – with the right stain removal products.”

Ainsley Patterson, How to Remove Crayola Markers from Skin


“Baby oil is very gentle on the skin, making it a suitable option for removing permanent marker from the skin of small children and babies. Squirt a little baby oil directly onto the affected area and use a damp washcloth to gently rub it into the skin. You may need to repeat the process a couple of times in order to remove the marker.”

Laura Martin, How to Get Permanent Marker Off Skin


“Use baby oil or baby lotion to clean paint or colored marker off your child’s skin.”

Brooke McKamy Beebe, Tips for Toddlers


“Put a small amount of anti-bacterial hand gel onto the permanent marker stains on the skin and rub it in. Wipe excess gel off with a paper towel and wash the skin to remove the remaining marker.”

Kristina Werden, How to Remove Marker from Skin or Nails


“Soak a cotton ball in milk, then rub the ink stain with it. The milk helps fade the discoloration. You can also remove ink from clothes by soaking the stained area in milk overnight.”

Melissa King, Remedies for Removing Ink from Skin

Soap and Water

As most Crayola products claim to be washable, the first thing you will want to try is soap and water. This method works best if the marker stain is fresh on the skin. Start by dampening the skin with warm water.

Next, add a dab of mild dish detergent to a clean washcloth and gently rub the stain in small, circular motions. This should remove most if not all of the stain. You may need to clean the area several times to remove the marker completely.

Hand Sanitizer

If remnants of the marker remain after washing with soap and water, try hand sanitizer. The alcohol content found in most hand sanitizers makes it an effective ink removal tool. Hand sanitizer is also safe for use on the skin compared to other household remedies.

For this method, you’ll want to apply a small amount of the hand sanitizer onto the skin to cover the stain. Using a cotton ball, wipe up the reactivated ink. Gently scrub the skin to remove any remaining traces of the marker.

Makeup Remover

Face and eye makeup remover may be useful for removing Crayola marker from your child’s skin. It is also safe to use around the delicate eye area. For this method, you’ll want to apply a small amount of the makeup remover onto a cotton ball and gently wipe the marker off the skin. Makeup wipes may also work to remove the ink stain. Once the stain is removed, cleanse the skin with warm water and soap.

Has your little Picasso created a work of art on his skin? Don’t get mad. Instead, try these easy tips to safely remove Crayola markers from your child’s skin.


Brandy Dishaw

Brandy is a content specialist and proud mother of two children. She enjoys writing engaging content on parenting, children’s health, and educational topics, and has been published on websites like Modern Mom, Yahoo! Shine, and With more than a decade of experience as a writer and mom, she combines research and personal experience to provide her audience with insight to the world of parenting.

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