Removing ink stains is the second most common stain, after red wine stains, that you all want to get rid of. With so many of you looking for ink stain removal tips we thought it would be a good idea to create the definitive guide on the subject and pool all the different remedies for all the different kinds of ink stain that may be plaguing you.
While we were at it, we also thought that we might as well include a few stain removal tips for some of the other common household stains. So once you have learned how to get rid of ink stains why not head over to our other articles about how to remove grass stains, grease stains, rust stains and bleach stains?
There are few things that can ruin your day quite like getting a stain on a favorite garment. Unfortunately, pens are often left in pockets and go through the wash, staining clothes and ink stain removal can be a challenge. However, there are many ways to remove stains with items that most people already have around the house.
Ink Stains Removal Tips
- For a water based ink stain, water and laundry detergent are all anybody needs for ink stain removal.
Simply lay the garment on a clean white towel, apply water to the spot and blot it with another clean white towel. Next, apply whatever laundry detergent the garment will be washed into the stain and let it sit for about five minutes. Wash it in the warmest water the fabric allows and be sure to double check that the stain is gone before putting it in the dryer.
- Permanent ink stains can be a challenge, even for the best stain removers.
If the fabric cannot be bleached, then ink stain removal may be impossible. In this case, the best bet is to try rubbing alcohol, but remember to test it on an unseen section of the garment first. Using clean white towels blot the stain with rubbing alcohol, moving it to clean sections of the towel as it becomes wet and stained. Remove as much of the stain as possible and remember to rinse off the alcohol before putting the garment in the washing machine.
If the rubbing alcohol does not work, there are a couple of other ink stain removal techniques that could be tried on a permanent ink stain. One option is nail polish remover or pure acetone, but remember that this should not be used on acetate and rayon fabrics. Another option is using a mixture of baking soda and water and then using stain removers before putting the fabric in the washer.
- Removing a ballpoint ink stain is very similar to removing a stain from a water-based ink.
Lay the garment on a clean white towel and, using another clean white towel, blot the stain with rubbing alcohol and then again with nail polish remover. Then apply normal laundry detergent to the stain and let it sit for about five minutes. Wash the garment in the warmest water possible and be sure that the stain is gone before putting it in the dryer.
There are other home remedies for ink stain removal that have proven to be effective.
- One is to make a paste out of lemon juice and salt, rub it into the stain and let it hang dry in the sun.
- Another is blotting the stain with milk and then wash it as usual.
- If none of these methods work, it is always an option to use an ink remover product or take the garment to a dry cleaner.
Ink stain removal is not impossible, but it is important to act on them quickly. The longer the stain sets into the fabric, the more difficult it will be to remove stains effectively. Be sure to test all remedies on a hidden part of the fabric first and check that the stain is removed before putting a garment in the dryer. This will hopefully result in a piece of clothing that is as good as new.