How to Get Ink Out of Clothes
Ink stains can be a common hassle, especially if you have an ink pen on hand at the wrong time. If you or someone in your household has gotten ink onto clothing, use these tips to help get it out and keep your clothes looking new.
Removing Fresh Stain:
- Step 1: Get some alcohol and a clean rag or paper towel.
- Step 2: Dampen the rag with the alcohol, then dab the ink stain.
- Step 3: Be very careful not to rub or scrub the stain — this can cause the ink to spread.
- Step 4: Rinse out the rag, and then dab the area again with cold water.
- Step 5: Repeat this process until the ink is gone.
Removing Set Stain:
- Step 1: Fill a bowl with hot water, then add a few drops of a mild dish detergent.
- Step 2: Soak the stained item in the bowl for a few minutes, and then rub the stain gently with a soft cloth.
- Step 3: If the stain persists, try using a grease-fighting dish detergent, like Dawn.
- Step 4: Rinse the item in cold water, then place it in a basin filled with warm water and white vinegar.
- Step 5: Soak for about an hour, then rinse again.
- Step 6: If the stain is still there, try treating it with a commercial stain remover.
If all else fails, take the item to the dry cleaner. Some ink stains are too stubborn to be removed at home and require special chemicals. Don’t be frustrated if you can’t completely remove the stain — a professional cleaner should be able to help.