Removing Ink Stains from Clothing

It can be difficult to remove ink from clothing. This guide is about removing ink stains from clothing.

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Question: Removing Ink from Shoes

By Ronald 1

My sister works on Dubai; I live in the Philippines. Since Christmas is close she bought a new pair of Air Max Tr 365 for me. When I was writing with a marker it ran out of ink, then I got some refill ink. When I was refilling it the refill ink poured in my shoes. I removed some of it, but the back of my shoes that says "MAXAIR" got covered in ink.

So please tell me what to do because they are from my hard working sister and it's brand new, what should I use to remove it? If you don't know the Air Max TR 365 please search for it so you may see the back of it.

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    By Lizzyanny 9 1,256 Flag

    December 7, 2015

    If you can find the manufacturers name on the ink bottle you could google to find a phone number and call them. They would best know how to remove the ink from your shoes. If the doesn't work, you might be able to paint over it with fabric paints from a craft store.

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    Question: Getting Newspaper Ink Out of Clothes

    By deana 1

    I recently got newspaper ink on the sleeves of a new shirt. What is the best way to remove the stain?

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      Question: Pen Left In Wash

      My husband left a Bic grip roller black marker in his shirt pocket when I washed and dryed the clothes. Now I has black stains on the clothing. Some of the clothing is white and others are colored. Please help me.

      Denise

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      By guest (Guest Post) Flag

      December 3, 2006

      How do I remove black roller ball ink on white cotton duvet.

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      Question: Removing Ball Point Ink from Clothing

      By Nancy 1

      How do I remove ball point ink from clothing?

      By Nancy

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      By jellybeans64 3 12 Flag

      March 5, 2014Best Answer

      I had ballpoint pen on my good rain jacket and my friend told me to spray some hairspray on the mark and blot with a paper towel and it really worked!

      (not sure if I sent this in yesterday or not)

      Terri

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      By j1010v 3 Flag

      March 9, 2014Best Answer

      Hairspray works. So does alcohol on a Qtip or cotton ball. Always test in a seam to be sure the color doesn't run or that it doesn't leave a ring.

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      Tip: Hairspray to Remove Ink Stains

      By Diana Atherton 6 13

      Use hairspray to treat any type of ink stain (permanent marker, ink pen, etc.). Throw it in the wash machine and voila! No more stain. I have been doing this for years and it works fantastic. I bought a prom dress at 85% off because of the ink stain on it. The saleslady told me how to get it out all those many years ago and it is still the best for removing this type of stain.

      By Diana from Las Vegas, NV

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      Question: Ink Stain on Laundered Clothing

      By Mary Beth 1

      When I was doing laundry I discovered that my husband left an ink pen in his pocket. I have a knit top that I tried using Spray and Wash, Shout, and Oxiclean on and have washed 4 times, but nothing has worked. Is there anything that might work after all of this?

      By Mary Beth from OH

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      By scrapizzio 1 Flag

      June 6, 2013

      Saved! A twice laundered dark tan uniform shirt with large blue pen ink stain. I tried oxyclean, WD-40, stain stick, dish soap, hair spray, nail polish remover, and Goo Gone. Nothing touched it. Shirt can't be used with stain, so last ditch effort I dipped a Q-tip in bleach and dabbed it on the stain.

      In seconds, the stain faded to nothing! I quickly slathered it with soap and ran a ton of water over it to remove bleach. Shirt is good as new! I thought bleach would remove all color and leave a white spot but it didn't. Bleach wasn't as scary of an idea as I thought it would be!.

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      Question: Ink on Clothes that Have Been Dried

      By Tareasa 1

      I dried an ink pen with a load of clothes. I need to know how to get it out of cotton pants, cargo pants. Thanks for any help.

      By Tareasa from Dallas, TX

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      By mkay5637 1 Flag

      February 2, 2012

      I heard that babywipes will get the ink out of clothes. They say use a baby to plot the stain and then lay it over with a bit of pressure let it set for a hour or more and the use a stain remover spray and wash. I havent got to try it yet but I do know that it worked on lock tight from when I worked at trailer factory. Good luck!

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      Question: Ink Stain on a Sweater

      By Chris Siatta 1

      How can I remove red ink from a sweater?

      By csiatta from Lansing, IL

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      By Judy A 3 Flag

      October 2, 2009

      I spray ink with hairspray. Usually comes out. Judy - also from Lansing

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      Question: Cleaning Fingerprint Ink Off Clothing

      By Fran 2 2

      My son had to have his fingerprints taken to enter the police force. He got the ink on his dress white shirt. Any ideas how to get it out?

      Thanks,

      Fran from Hamden, CT

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      By guest (Guest Post) Flag

      August 5, 2008

      If the shirt is cotton, or at least 80%, you can take an old toothbrush, dip it into bleach (I just pour a little into the lid) and brush the stain out. Wash immediately! If you leave it, it will eat a hole in the fabric but if you wash right away this is as good as those "bleach pens". They just add a thickener and the dispenser works as a brush. Good luck to your son!

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      Tip: Spray Deodorant for Removing Ink Stains

      By marcyyyyyyyyy 1

      Spray deodorant on the stain, then rub with a cloth. It should come off. If it doesn't come off straight away, but instead only fades after you have rubbed it, then spray more deodorant on the stain. :)

        Source: My brother

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        Question: Removing Gel Ink Stains From Clothing

        By JimL 1

        How can I remove a gel ink stain from clothing? The suggested method on this site does not work.

        By Jim L.

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        By gbk 45 368 Flag

        June 20, 2011

        Have you tried hair spray, it works on ink pen in even after months of being on a car seat or floor mat but I am not sure about gel ink. You just buy cheap hairspray in can and spray it on the spot, then blot it with a paper towel. I probably will take a couple of times but it should come out and leaves no residue. Not as expensive at a lot of other things either. Good luck. I have taken out printer ink off my cloth seats in the van with this.

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        Question: Removing Ink From Clothing

        By lanie 1

        I washed and dried light clothing last night. I found them this a.m. with ink stains all over clothes and inside of dryer from a ballpoint pen left in pocket of pants. I cannot get the ink stains off of clothes or dryer. I tried spraying with Zapit and rewashing, then soaking it with hydrogen peroxide. They are soaking now. I am afraid they are set due to being in dryer.

        By Lanie from Lake Jackson, TX

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        By Jane 3 4 Flag

        April 25, 2011

        Try soaking it in milk over night. It used to work for me when we had fountain pens.

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        Question: Stamp Ink on Clothing

        By Brandi 1

        I have a pair a blue jeans and a white sock that have stamp ink in them. I was wondering what I can use to get them out of my daughter's good clothes? I have tried hairspray and that has not worked.

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        By mcw 80 1,751 Flag

        September 24, 2008

        http://www.doityourself.com/stry/ballpointink

        This should also work for stamp ink on clothing!

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        Question: Removing Ink from Evening Clothing

        By Christina Martirano R. 1

        I bought a storage unit that had 15 really nice new gowns, but they all are stamped on the back with the brand name along with a small hole. The gowns are silk, chiffon, and taffeta. Is there anything that can take the ink stamp off or should I try bringing it to a cleaners.

        By Christina

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        Question: Removing Old Iron-on Transfer Ink

        By Mary Rivers 1

        I am refurbishing a white cotton nightgown for a gift. I had used some transfers that are at least 25-30 years old on the front placket. I didn't embroidery all of them and I need to remove the ones that are still showing.

        By Mary R

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        Question: Removing Pen Ink from Clothes

        I got pen ink on my cargo pants and I don't know how to get it off. What should I do?

        By Timear

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        Question: Pilot Pen Ink Transferred to Clothes

        ink stains on clothesI left a Pilot pen in my pocket and it got all over khaki pants, cotton shirts, as well as athletic shirts with 50-80% synthetic material. How do I get it out?

        By Brad O.

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        Question: Removing Gel Ink from Clothing

        By Marilyn Roysdon 1

        How do you get gel ink out of clothing?

        By Marilyn from Hamlet, IN

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        Tip: Removing Old Ink Stains From Clothing

        By Sherry 72 83

        To get ink out of a white shirt or blouse that has already set in the dryer, try this. Place an old towel between the shirt so stain will not go through. Spray hair spray on all the ink spots. Do NOT blot spots. Wash in warm water with laundry detergent. Check again to make sure all stains are out before putting the item in the dryer

        By Mythi from WA

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        Tip: Treating Ink Before Laundering

        By Lynn 1

        If you ever get any ink on your clothing, you can remove it by spraying hair spray on it and then gently rubbing it with an old toothbrush. Then just laundry as usual. You have to do this first, before the stain goes through the dryer. Otherwise, the heat will set the stain.

        By Lynn from KS

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