How to remove pen ink stains from clothes

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Charlie Cooper / Updated: Apr 6th 2020 / Pens

A bright idea pops into your head and you just have to write it down in your notebook without any hesitation. You slip your hand into your pocket to grab your trusty old pen you keep there for these purposes so you can start noting everything down and boom, your pen has burst everywhere. A major annoyance causing you to go from pristine hand model esque hands, to hands resembling someone who used food dye as hand sanitiser. To make matters much worse your favourite pair of jeans are now covered in ink stains which completely ruins your day. Despite the ink swarming upon you jeans and ruining your day, the good news is that you are able to remove the ink stain from your jeans and from any other item of clothing that has been infected from an ink stain.

There are multiple methods that can be tried to remove ink stains if the first one you try isn’t quite doing the trick. One of the more effective ways to remove ink stains from clothes would be using an alcohol based hairspray. When using this method place a cloth under the stain, and ensure that hairspray won’t stain the area further by either spot testing or looking up if it will affect the fabric. After this, spray the stain with the hairspray and let it set for about a minute then blot the stain with a clean cloth.

Dabbing the stain with a cloth or sponge using rubbing alcohol is also effective, however ensure the fabric is rubbing alcohol friendly as some fabrics won’t react well to it. Other products such as dry cleaning fluid are also effective in the same blotting technique manner.

Soaking the garment in white vinegar and water for 30 minutes, whilst blotting the stain with a cloth or a sponge roughly every 10 minutes will also do the job, just make sure hot water alone isn’t used for this method as it’ll set the stain.

Regardless of what method you use, there is a way to restore your garment to its non ink stained form!