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Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

I had washed some clothes and after they were put in the dryer and were dried, I noticed that a pen was in the dryer. Now my whites have ink stains set in. Is there anything that I can do to get the ink out?

Misty from Ohio


Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

I just started using this new Spray n' Wash that has oxy clean in it. It has two sides that combine when you squirt it on. I have gotten stains out of clothes that have been washed multiple times. It works really well. I spray it on and let it sit over night. You can see it fizzing and the stain just disappears. It is great and worth a a try. (08/01/2007)

By Molissa


Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

You didn't say what type of ink pen it was. If it's ball-point ink, the only way I know is to take a cool dryer & spray hairspray inside on the ink spots (this works best with ball point ink). Then after it has sat a few seconds, wipe it out with paper towels.

I also know they make a commercial ink remover. I had a friend who bought Sears guarantee plan when they bought a lounge recliner, their 8 year old wrote all over it with ball point pen. Well, the company Sears hired came out & cleaned that whole chair with a rag & a spray ink cleaner & EVERY BIT of that ink came out. It was truly amazing. The guy said they sell that stuff, so Google "Commercial Ink Remover" or "Janitor Supplies".

By Cyinda

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

My husband got ink stains out of the clothes by putting pine sol on the stains.

By Terry W

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

Nail polish remover also gets ink out of the dryer easily. (11/18/2007)

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

My husband ran 2 new pairs of jeans, socks, and a new shirt through the washer and the dryer. When I went to unload the dryer I found ink everywhere. We thought his clothes were ruined. I saw several people recommend Oxyclean. I washed the clothes in hot water, I even heated 2 pots of water on the stove, not quite to boiling, with 1 cup of baking soda and 7 scoops of Oxyclean. I soaked and agitated them for a about 7 hours then washed them in hot water and everything came out clean. I couldn't believe it!


As for the dryer, I soaked 2 white cleaning towels in bleach water, then put them in the dryer on the hottest setting, the dryer looks new again. I tried the perfume ideas but didn't have any luck and it took too long. The towels were effective and easy, I will do that to clean my dryer from now on every couple of months. Thank you to everyone's input. (12/18/2007)

By CamileGross

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

Rubbing Alcohol works better than hairspray, just an FYI. (01/06/2008)

By Stephanie

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

Shout is the best stain remover for clothing. Just spray some on the areas, let it sit for 2-3 mins, and then stick it in the washer at normal stetting (warm water). If it doesn't come out the first time, second times will always work. I did it for all of my five kids and it works great! (04/02/2008)

By Florida

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

Lennon's WITDULCIES works wonders. (07/05/2008)

By Mich

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

WOW, thanks everyone. I used OxiClean (4-6 scoops and rewashed twice) and some OxiClean stain spray as well. Almost All the ink was removed. The towels soaked in bleach water was an awesome idea for the dryer. (07/08/2008)

By joe

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

On clothes that have ink stains and have been laundered, I spray some hairspray on them and then pour some rubbing alcohol on. Then I take an old toothbrush and scrub the ink out. I have used this method twice and it worked each time! (09/15/2008)

By Windy

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

I just heard a pen rolling around in the dryer, and went to discover ink all over my husband and my khakis. I am hoping to remove the ink with the tips I have just learned about. Thanks for such a great site with advice on how to get it out. I thought I was 60 bucks down the drain.

By Leann

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

I experimented and I found that acetone works like a charm. The pen ink wipes right off.

By becca

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

Thanks a million for the suggestions on removing the ink. I am so grateful for this site, the products and all of you who made suggestions. Might I add the items that were stained with ink were my sons basketball uniform that was just purchased by the school which had only been worn by him once. I used the hairspray and rubbing alcohol first. Then I soaked the clothing in Oxi-clean and the SA8. It looks perfect! (12/03/2008)

By Shari

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

My husband is in the Army and he washed a load of his uniforms with a couple pairs of jeans. He left a pen in the uniform and it exploded on the jeans in the dryer. I thought I would have to buy new jeans but I used an old toothbrush, dabbed rubbing alcohol on the jeans, did a pre-scrub, then dabbed liquid laundry detergent and scrubbed again. It worked wonders.

By Andrea

Ink on Clothes that Have Dried

Wash off the stains with "OFF". It worked wonders in my dryer and on my uniforms, even after going through a drying cycle. (01/31/2009)

By Joey


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