Toothpaste vs. Sharpie

Over the summer (during the season of popsicles, Kool-aid, and cherries), I shared my favorite method for removing skin stains quickly and easily.  If you missed that post, you can read it here.

Well, I recently had to put my toothpaste to the ultimate test.

Ladybug decided that it would be a good idea to color all over her arm, belly, and face with black Sharpie.  (It never ceases to amaze me how much trouble a two-year-old can get into in such a short amount of time.)

toothpaste vs sharpie, before

Her wrist got the worst of it, so I snapped a quick “before” picture in case my skin stain removal method actually worked.  I must admit…I was a little bit skeptical.  I wasn’t sure that the end result would be worth an impressive “after” picture.

With nothing to lose (since I knew from previous experience that Ladybug’s skin isn’t sensitive to the toothpaste method), I grabbed a washcloth, tube of toothpaste, and went to work.  In less than 30 seconds, and with minimal scrubbing, Ladybug’s arm was clean.  No sign of Sharpie.

toothpaste vs sharpie, after I was able to take an “after” picture after all.

The toothpaste also worked like a charm on her face.  For some reason, the Sharpie on her belly was a little more stubborn, but would have come off with some scrubbing (if Ladybug hadn’t been so ticklish).  Unfortunately, the mouse pad that she decorated with Sharpie did not fare nearly as well.

So there you have it.  Another toothpaste success story.  Are you a believer yet?  Do you use toothpaste to remove skin stains? 


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