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Removing Pen Ink from Clothing

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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July 26, 2006

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.

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July 25, 20120 found this helpful

How do I remove dried ink from my wife's work pants?

By Jon E. from Maubry, AL

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August 8, 20120 found this helpful
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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.

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May 30, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

Yes.
Leave it in a bucket of warm water for 24-48 hours and Presto!
Your ink is out. ( :

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June 3, 20110 found this helpful

I use Zout stain remover it works every time.

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April 22, 20130 found this helpful

Have you tried rubbing alcohol? Try a little in an area where no one will notice first, though.

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August 27, 20160 found this helpful

Do you have to keep the water warm for the entire 24-48 hours?

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September 25, 20160 found this helpful

I left a pen in my pocket and washed all my uniforms and now they are all covered in black spots

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October 9, 20160 found this helpful

I had the same thing happen in my dryer 2 weeks after I purchased it. After some research I used deep woods off with DEET. Sprayed it on a cloth and wiped down the inside of the dryer...Miraculously the ink wiped right off! I then washed some old white rags in bleach and dried them on high...that took the DEET smell out of the dryer and the rags had NO INK on them so I knew then that the dryer was good to use again!

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By 0 found this helpful
December 12, 2016

How do I remove ink on clothes from an exploding ink pen in the dryer?

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

Hairspray has always worked for me. Saturate the stain and wash as usual.

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you. Iwill let you know how it works.

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

Methylated spirits - wood alcohol - should work. Dab it on and gently rub until the stain disappears, then rinse and wash. Pungent stuff, but effective!

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December 28, 20161 found this helpful

Spray on hairspray. Blot, then wash with some oxyclean in the soap

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, Hairspray is your answer. It really does work too because I tried it one night just to find out if it actually would remove ink stains, and sure enough, it truly removed them!

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August 10, 20110 found this helpful

How do I remove ball point pen marks from my husband's shirt?

By Cyndy L.

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August 10, 20110 found this helpful

I have always heard that hair spray works. I would imagine some of those spray ons that you use before doing the laundry would work too.

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August 10, 20110 found this helpful

Use cheap hair spray like aqua net and really douse it well. Rub it after it sets for about 5 minutes. Repeat if necessary.

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August 11, 20110 found this helpful

I use hairspray on the ink spot, then blot both sides of fabric, apply another spray of hairspray, repeat blotting. Then spray with prewash stain remover and wash at once. Works for me.

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August 12, 20110 found this helpful

Rubbing alcohol or any of the antibacterial gels will get most of it out, not a fan of the hair spray method

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October 1, 20130 found this helpful

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 Maddie

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October 5, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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September 10, 20160 found this helpful

can we use actual alcohol? like the drink i mean.

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

Go to the nurse( if you have) ask for alcohol and cotton balls. Then dab the alcohol using the cotton balls for 5 minutes. REPEAT

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By 0 found this helpful
July 8, 2014

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

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January 16, 20150 found this helpful

This is for white ONLY. Use the Tilex Mold & Mildew Remover to remove ink.

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November 13, 20130 found this helpful

How do I get rid of blue marks on my white skirt?

By Shaisha from India

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November 13, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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December 3, 20140 found this helpful

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?

By Tiffany

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March 30, 20140 found this helpful

How do I remove a blue refill ink stain from my Allen Solly white shirt? Please help me.

By Praveen from Madurai, Tamilnadu, India

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September 27, 20130 found this helpful

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?

By Ciara

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By 0 found this helpful
September 13, 2013

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!

By Shane

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August 19, 2013

How do I take out ball point pen ink from cotton clothes?

By Marion

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April 23, 20110 found this helpful

I sent a coat with a pen in the pocket through the dryer. How do I remove the set in ink?

By Eldon from Taylorsville, UT

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January 15, 20110 found this helpful

How can I safely remove ink pen marks from red cotton fabric?

By Kim from VA

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Removing Ink From Clothing

Hairspray should remove the spot if the ink is fresh. (11/14/2010)

By MCW

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November 14, 20100 found this helpful

My husband left a black ink pen in his pocket and I didn't find it until I took clothes out of the dryer. Now I have several ink stains on my light colored cotton clothes. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get stains out?

By Mary Beth from Zanesville, OH

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Removing Ink From Clothing

Hairspray. (09/20/2010)

By Lizzyanny

Removing Ink From Clothing

Submerge stain overnight in rubbing alcohol. Rub the alcohol into the stain. Process may take some time. Good luck! It worked for me. (09/21/2010)

By dlginlove

Removing Ink From Clothing

Pour rubbing alcohol on ink, then blot with paper towels. Repeat until ink is gone. This may take more than a few times so the key words here are patience and persistence. (09/22/2010)

By Candy Red Supra

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove ink from men's dress shirts?

By Pam

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Removing Ink From Clothing

I use a cleaner called "Awesome" from the Dollar Tree. It works on everything. It is better then the Magic Erasers. I swear by it. (08/06/2010)

By mdevost

Removing Ink From Clothing

You will probably get some answers that say hairspray and it will work, but the thing in hairspray that gets out the ink is alcohol so plain old rubbing alcohol will get it out in no time. (08/06/2010)

By Linda

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August 5, 20100 found this helpful

How do I get Biro marks off my cotton shirt?

By Bev from Mid Glam

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Removing Ink From Clothing

Use cheap hairspray on the stain and then wash in cold water. Check stain after washing, repeat if needed before drying. Good hairspray does not work as well so use up the can on the back of the shelf! (05/19/2010)

By Scooter's Pumpkin

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May 19, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove an ink pen stain from a white garment?

By Hannah from Cook Islands

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Removing Ink From Clothing

Spray ink with hair spray, the cheaper the better. Rub vigorously and if needs be repeat process. Put washing soap onto patch and wash as normal in cold water. My son comes home at least once a fortnight with a large ink stain on his uniform. I have yet to have any left after the 'hairspray' treatment. It works on other fabrics as well and walls after tiny tots create their famous art works. (03/30/2010)

By Nerdette

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March 29, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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August 6, 20090 found this helpful

How do I get ink out of clothes?

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May 15, 20090 found this helpful

How do I remove permanent ink from cotton pants?

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April 19, 20090 found this helpful

How do you remove ink stains from cotton shirts?

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December 13, 20060 found this helpful

Use a cheap hair spray to remove ink from clothes, i.e. fabric.

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