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What's the quickest safest way to remove..

Permanent black marker from a four year old's forehead? I won't go into detail, but let's just say it's a lightening-shaped mark similar to Harry Potter's. I really need to get it off before school tomorrow!

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Asked by msmoody at 8:58 PM on Oct. 29, 2008 in General Parenting

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  • have you tried a baby wipe? those have done great at getting just about anything off my kids, except red koolaid.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:00 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • alcohol

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:00 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • It just has to wear off.... washing it will help, but it won't come off all the way....

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 9:00 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Yes, or try cooking oil.

    Answer by StarLee at 9:00 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • This probably sounds dumb, but try exfoliating his forehead. My daughter had something similar happen (though not on her forehead ) and I used St. Ives apricot scrub on her. It took most of it off. The rest wore off a couple days later.

    Answer by mwebb at 9:04 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • well its close to halloween so just soap it up and if it doesnt come off then NBD

    Answer by vakatia at 9:33 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • I know this may sound crazy, but have you tried a mister clean Magic Eraser? My daughter had gotten a hold of a perm. pen and it work well on getting the pen marks off of her face, legs and stomach!

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 9:44 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • i was going to say the magic eraser too and also try toothpaste (a whitening kind) after washing it

    Answer by SarahMerritt_22 at 9:45 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • A cotton ball dipped in a bit of nail polish remover. Just make sure you cover his eyes with a rag or something. It will work in one swipe. The wash the area with soap and water.

    Answer by Emmy_Dollface at 10:06 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • i've always had luck with aresol hairspray anytime i needed to get ink off of anything. myself, clothes, walls and plastic. on skin i just spray it pretty heavily on there, then use my fingernail to scratch at it. i would have my little one keep his eyes covered while doing this, just to be safe.

    Answer by Tarable525 at 10:08 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

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