October 19


How to Get Sharpie Off Shoes (The Right Way) 

By Teddy

October 19, 2022

We’ve all been there. You’re out with your friends, having a great time, when someone decides it would be funny to Sharpie your brand new shoes. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this blog post, we’ll show you the right way to get Sharpie off shoes. Follow our tips, and your shoes will be good as new in no time!

Method 1

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

To get started, you’ll need the following materials:

– A sharpie (obviously)

– A dry erase marker

– A magic eraser

– A toothbrush

– Nail polish remover

– White vinegar 

– Baking soda 

– A bowl 

– Water 

Sharpies come in all different colors, but for this project we recommend using a black sharpie. It will be easier to see the results of your hard work!

Once you have all of your materials, it’s time to move on to Step 2. 

Step 2: Mix Up Your Solution 

In the bowl, mix together 1 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of water. Once you have a paste, apply it to the area of your shoe where the Sharpie is located. Let the paste sit for about 5 minutes before moving on to Step 3. 

While you’re waiting for the paste to work its magic, now would be a good time to take a break and grab a snack. Maybe even put on some fun music to dance while you wait!                   

Step 3: Wipe Away the Paste 

After five minutes have passed, use a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe away the paste (and hopefully the Sharpie). If the Sharpie is still there, repeat steps 2 and 3 until it’s gone. Once the Sharpie has been removed, move on to Step 4. 

Step 4: Make It Sparkly Again!

To make your shoes look as good as new again, use the nail polish remover and magic eraser to remove any residue that might be left behind from the baking soda paste. And voila! Your shoes are now Sharpie-free and look fabulous!

Method 2: Rubbing Alcohol

  1. The first step is to blot the excess ink with a paper towel. Gently dab the stained area until no more ink comes off on the paper towel. 
  2. Next, grab a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol. Dab the cotton ball in the rubbing alcohol and then gently rub it over the stained area. 
  3. Once the rubbing alcohol has been applied, take a wet rag and wipe away any residue. 
  4. The fourth step is to apply a mild detergent to the stained area and scrub it gently with a toothbrush. Rinse away the detergent with warm water. 
  5. If the Sharpie stain is still present, repeat steps 2-4 until it is no longer visible. 


Does sharpie wash out of shoes

It depends on the material of your shoes. For fabric shoes, it’s possible that the Sharpie will come out in the wash. However, for leather or suede shoes, washing will not be effective and could potentially damage the material.

How do you remove dried sharpie?

If the Sharpie has dried, try using rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Apply it to a cotton ball and gently dab at the stained area. Be sure to spot test on an inconspicuous area first, as these substances can also damage the material of your shoes.

How do you get Sharpie off leather shoes?

If the Sharpie is on leather shoes, you’ll need to take a bit more of a cautious approach. Try using a dry erase marker instead of a sharpie to see if that will remove the stain. If that doesn’t work, you can try using a magic eraser or nail polish remover. But be sure to test these methods on an inconspicuous area of the shoe before applying them to the stained area. And if all else fails, it may be best to take your leather shoes to a professional cleaner.

What to do if Sharpie is on Fabric shoes

If the Sharpie is on fabric shoes, try washing them in the washing machine with mild detergent. You can also try using rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover to remove the stain. And if those methods don’t work, a magic eraser may do the trick (but again, be sure to spot test first).

Can Sharpie stain be prevented?

To prevent Sharpie stains, try using a dry erase marker instead. These can easily be wiped off with a dry cloth or eraser. And if you do use a Sharpie, make sure to clean up any spills immediately and avoid using it on easily stained materials such as leather or suede.

We hope these methods have helped you in removing those pesky Sharpie stains from your shoes. And remember, prevention is always easier than the removal process! So be cautious when using those permanent markers.


With our tips, removing Sharpie from shoes is easy as pie! Just follow our four simple steps and you’ll have your shoes looking good as new in no time. So next time someone tries to play a prank on you by Sharpie-ing your shoes, don’t sweat it—we’ve got you covered!

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