Using Milk for Ink Stains

Ink stain on shirt? Use milk, pour the milk on the ink stain and wait for a minute or two then wash and hang up to dry. Don't dry in dryer as it will set the stain. If ink stain is still there pour more milk on and wash again.


By Shirley V. from Fulton, NY

Editor's Note: We would love to hear some feedback about this tip. It seems funny that milk would get ink. Has anyone else tried this?

July 26, 20060 found this helpful

Wonder if the enzymens in the milk have anything to do with it?

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July 26, 20060 found this helpful

this is a very old tip, i can remember when we used fountain pens in school, with bottled ink, if we got this on our dresses, my mother would soak them in milk, got the stain out everytime ... easier to spray the stain with hairspray INMO

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July 27, 20060 found this helpful

Yes!! It works. I've done it several times and works every time... :)

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July 27, 20060 found this helpful

I think that it works because milk is an emulsion--that is, it works because milk has some elements that attract both water and oil componants. Egg yolk is the same thing...will mix with both oil and water. Some inks have an oil-soluble base; therefore they would dissolve and be removed in milk, which could then be rinsed with water!!

Just a chemist weighing in on the situation...hope that makes sense. :)

Editor's Note: Thanks Anna, that makes sense.

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September 20, 20060 found this helpful

I had a pen leak in a pocket of a white shirt. I tried soaking it in milk repeatedly, and although the stain was not as dark, I still had to thrown the shirt out. From my experience, I will not do this again as it doesn't work.

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June 7, 20090 found this helpful

Crazy to imagine it would work but I have used this method many times with success.

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April 2, 20140 found this helpful

I have used milk many times over the years on my husbands dress shirts from work... only once did it not remove the ink. It is my go to ink remover.

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