How often have you had ink get on clothing in one way or another? This is a guide about removing pen ink from clothing.
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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?
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Here are questions related to Removing Pen Ink from Clothing.
How do I remove dried ink from my wife's work pants?
By Jon E. from Maubry, AL
By Kathie622 08/08/2012
Use rubbing alcohol to remove in stain from pants. Put a rag or piece of paper towel under the material. Then pour some rubbing alcohol over the stain. Blot with a cotton ball until stain is removed. Wash as usual.
How do I remove ball point pen marks from my husband's shirt?
By Cyndy L.
By Donna 08/12/2011
Rubbing alcohol or any of the antibacterial gels will get most of it out, not a fan of the hair spray method
I left an ink pen in my wash and dried it. It got all over everything. Is it possible to wash it out?
By Heidi C.
By Flyingbug 04/22/2013
Have you tried rubbing alcohol? Try a little in an area where no one will notice first, though.
I threw my white suit in the washing machine, without removing a biro pen and a ink pen. When the washing cycle finished, I noticed a few large ink stains on my white suit, the only one I own. Can you help please?
By Teremoana from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, South Pacific
This is for white ONLY. Use the Tilex Mold & Mildew Remover to remove ink.
How do I get rid of blue marks on my white skirt?
By Shaisha from India
I always got ink from pens on my nursing uniform and sprayed hair spray on the ink and washed it right away. It always came out.
I got a pen mark on my white jeans about fifteen minutes ago. I've been using my Tide to Go stick, but it isn't working. I'll be in school for almost eight more hours so I don't have use of many things. HELP!
By Jean 10/05/2013
Obviously, this answer is late, but if the stain is still there or if this happens again, try rubbing alcohol.
If that's not available, use something that contains alcohol - hand sanitizer, hair spray, mouthwash, etc.
A pen was left in my husband's t-shirt and it broke and got ink on almost everything. I didn't see it until I took the clothes out of the dryer. Is there anything I can use to get the ink out of a lot of clothes?
How do I remove a blue refill ink stain from my Allen Solly white shirt? Please help me.
By Praveen from Madurai, Tamilnadu, India
Someone wrote on my jersey shirt with a pen (ink). I took it to the dry cleaner and washed it; the stain is still there. How can I remove it?
I got a little yellow ink on the side of my 100% polyester blue hoody with white stitching. What would be the best way to wash this out? It's fresh ink as well. Hurry please!
How do I take out ball point pen ink from cotton clothes?
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Use a cheap hair spray to remove ink from clothes, i.e. fabric.
Lots of rubbing alcohol, and you're all better. Blotting works well. Be careful because as soon as you apply alcohol, the ink will be come very mobile, and may soak out of the spot into other parts of your clothes, ala capillary effect. (08/01/2005)
By Kevin Thompson
Nail polish remover (acetone) will remove permanent marker BUT may also take the color out of your clothes. Rinse immediately! Test on a spot that can't be seen before going crazy with the acetone. (12/10/2006)
How do you remove ink stains from cotton shirts?
Harry from Bridgeport, WV
How do I remove permanent ink from cotton pants?
By CarolineBK from Cathedral City, CA
How do I get ink out of clothes?
Also try soaking the article of clothing in a solution of warm water and a few scoops of generic brand oxyclean. (05/15/2009)
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)
My husband's work jacket had a blue ink pen in it. He forgot to take it out. I never checked and now I need to find out how I can get his jacket ink free.
How do I remove an ink pen stain from a white garment?
By Hannah from Cook Islands
How do I get Biro marks off my cotton shirt?
By Bev from Mid Glam