Removing Pen Ink from Clothing

July 25, 2012

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

By Jon E. from Maubry, AL



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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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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May 30, 2011

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.


May 31, 20110 found this helpful

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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December 12, 2016

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


December 12, 20160 found this helpful

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

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August 10, 2011

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

By Cyndy L.


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, 2013

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


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 3, 2014

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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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


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, 2013

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

By Shaisha from India


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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March 30, 2014

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, 2013

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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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 F.

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

By Marion

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April 23, 2011

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

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January 15, 2011

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

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November 14, 2010

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.

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