Cleaning Ink Stains on Laundered Clothing

April 19, 2011

A ink pen that has stained the pocket of a white dress shirt.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


April 19, 20110 found this helpful
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Try oven cleaner, it will get nearly everything out of anything. I've used it on my kids uniforms for a variety of stains and it works well. Just don't spray a whole lot of it.

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April 21, 20110 found this helpful
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I'd use hairspray. Spray it, rinse it with cold water, continue until it all comes out. I've had tremendously good luck with this in the past! I've even had it work on something that's been washed and dried.

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June 6, 20130 found this helpful
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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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October 20, 20160 found this helpful
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I used the spray stain remover by the dirty jobs guy! I drenched the stain in it let it dry on the shirt then washed it

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December 19, 2009

I have a sweatshirt that went through the wash with a pen. There are about 5 pen stains on the sweatshirt. How do I remove them?

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October 17, 2009

I left a gel ink pen in the laundry and dried a stain on a green polo cotton shirt. I tried the Oxi Clean solution and the ink stain is still there. What should I try next? I love that shirt.

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May 6, 2005

I need to know how to get out an ink stain from my pants. I want to use hairspray. I already washed them once. Can I still get stain out?

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