Formica & Permanent Markers

This morning, Dave was writing on a piece of paper with a Sharpie on our Formica counter.  When he moved the paper, I was just sick.  The Sharpie had bled through and there were little black marks all over the Formica.  Sorry, no photos of this part of the operation . . . I was just thinking how to get it off.

The first several things I tried did absolutely nothing — dish soap with a scrubby, the Goo Gone, ammonia, even laundry soap didn’t even fade the spots.  Then I grabbed the Awesome. I should have known to try it first.

Awesome — the full name on the bottle is “LA’s Totally Awesome” — seems to be safe to use on pretty much anything but always test in an inconspicuous place first.  It has no bleach or ammonia.  And while the bottle says “dilute before using,” the very fact that it’s in a spray bottle means that pretty much everyone uses it full strength right from the bottle.

On my counter, all I did was spray the Awesome on, let it sit maybe 15 seconds, then wipe it off with a rag.  No scrubbing or anything.  So if you see Awesome at the store, you might want to grab a bottle.  And I’ll bet you find a bunch of other uses for it besides permanent markers on the Formica!

NOTE:  Since I first wrote this, I’ve discovered Krud Kutter (read about it here) which I actually like better for most cleaning.  But it won’t take permanent marker off my Formica, so I’m not getting rid of the Awesome.

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  • Christine Crawford on Facebook
    Posted at 15 November 2012 Reply

    This stuff is…wait for it… Awesome. We find it at our local dollar store and have been practioners for several years! Red wine, black streaks and EveryThing in between!

  • Diane Dashevsky
    Posted at 15 November 2012 Reply

    Magic Eraser also works, but you do have to rub a little. Any ideas for getting ink off closed cell foam cushions?

  • Kenneth Arnold on Facebook
    Posted at 15 November 2012 Reply

    Been using it for yrs. 🙂

  • Monique
    Posted at 15 November 2012 Reply

    I also find that the magic eraser works for that and much, much more. We had a wine stain on our laminate countertop that was resistant to cleaning, but a few swipes of the eraser and it was gone. I am completely convinced that there are crushed unicorn horns and other (possibly nefarious) contents in that little sponge.

  • Charles
    Posted at 15 November 2012 Reply

    I haven’t tried it [yet]. For the curious, the MSDS can be found here:

    It appears extremely benign compared to other cleaning agents.

  • Janet Helen Hargis-Roberts
    Posted at 25 October 2013 Reply

    Awesome is awesome. Works in the laundry too.

  • Leigh Ann Bishop Long
    Posted at 25 October 2013 Reply

    Use Magic eraser. It is lightweight, reusable and doesn’t put phosphates into the water.

  • Kathy
    Posted at 01 February 2014 Reply

    This stuff works AWESOME! I accidently got some black permanent marker on my light blue formica countertop and couldn’t get it off with anything. So I did an internet search, found this page and thought… “hey, I saw some of that stuff in the back room, I guess I’ll give it a try.” (It came with the new husband and cleaning supplies he had sitting around for years.) It worked like a charm. I did have to do a little scrubbing to get the last tiny little faintness out but it worked great. Totally Awesome! 🙂 Thanks for posting this!

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