This one caught me today 🙂 Thx to @netcarver and @Robin S I came up with a working solution: $html = $page->getUnformatted('rr_cke'); $html = preg_replace('!<p[^>]*>([\xc2\xa0]*|\s| |<\/?\s?br[^>]*\/?>)*<\/?p>!', "", $html); // remove empty paragraphs $html = $sanitizer->markupToText($html); // remove all tags $html = preg_replace('![\r\n]+!', "\n", $html); // replace multiple newlines db($html);