How do I get ink out of clothes?
If you can get to a stain fast enough before it permanently sets in the fabric you've got most of the problem solved. Spray the ink stain with some hair spray, then pour some mild liquid detergent or liquid dish washing soap on the spot and gently rub the fabric to remove the stain. Rinse with water and repeat several times.
Also try soaking the article of clothing in a solution of warm water and a few scoops of generic brand oxyclean. (05/15/2009)
You didn't say if it was ball-point, permanent pen, or printer ink. It depends on the fabric and the ink (hopefully your fabric is cotton or cotton/poly). Start out with hair spray or rubbing alcohol then blot and if that doesn't work, you can try fingernail polish remover (if the fabric isn't Acetate). Better yet, you can also buy a commercial ball-point ink cleaner online.
My old boyfriend's kids were a handful and they drew with ball-point all over his favorite easy chair, but he had purchased a guarantee from Sears when he bought it and they sent a professional cleaner out to the house. The cleaner had all the ball-point ink out of the easy chair & looking like new in 15 minutes! I asked him what he used and he showed me a bottle of commercial cleaner that cleans ball-point ink etc.
*Always try these cleaners in a place you don't see first, like on the hem in the back or on the facing of the garment.
*Never iron or put a stained item in a dryer or hot water. Heat only sets the stain in. Use cold water & hang dry until the stain is totally removed. (05/15/2009)
I also had a pen left in the dryer. The hairspray has to be aerosol (like Aqua Net). You will see the ink actually dissolve when the hairspray hits it! (07/07/2009)
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