How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothing

What You'll Need
cotton towel
hair spray
fingernail polish cleaner
rubbing alcohol
cotton ball
white vinegar
dish washing detergent
laundry stain removal detergent

If you want to remove ink stains from your clothes, you will find that it is not as difficult as it may seem. However, it is very important that you do not dawdle, but start the clean-up as soon as you notice the stain. Here are a few handy tips you may want to keep in mind the next time you have to deal with this unfortunate nuisance.

Step 1–Identify the Material of the Clothing

Start the cleaning process by examining the clothing. How you clean an ink stain will depend on the material of the garment, which is usually indicated on the tag at the back. It is important to know the type of fabric because some cleaners may actually damage it. For example, if your article of clothing is made of rayon or acetate, you should refrain from using rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover because you would simply add insult to injury.

If you are not sure how a cleaner will affect your garment, test it on a separate piece of the same fabric before application.

Step 2–Tuck in a Towel

Insert a cotton towel under or inside the garment so that the stain does not spread. For example, if the stain is on the front side of the clothing, place the towel inside to prevent the stain from bleeding through to the back while you are working on it.

Step 3–Use Hair Spray

Apply hair spray to help dissolve the stain. Take a can of ordinary spray and apply it profusely on the affected area. Let it sit for half an hour and dab the stain with a sponge or cloth that has been moistened in cold water. If the spray breaks up the stain, repeat the procedure.

Step 4–Apply Nail Varnish Remover

Try using fingernail polish cleaner instead of spray. Any common brand should do. Simply moisten the stain with the polish cleaner, wait for half an hour and wipe it with a cool, wet sponge.

Step 5–Soak with Rubbing Alcohol

Use isopropyl alcohol, better known as rubbing alcohol, to remove stains. Take a cotton ball or a cotton pad to apply it to the stain with gentle circular motions (do not force the cleaner into the fabric, for this will make the stain set in).

As you are cleaning, the ink may start spreading. For this reason, be careful not to apply alcohol beyond the stain margins.

Step 6–Remove the Stain with White Vinegar

Use white vinegar, which is a slightly unorthodox cleaner but no less efficient. Pour a teaspoonful directly on the stain and let it sit for about ten minutes.  Drop a little dishwashing detergent and spread it gently with the fingers. Allow for five extra minutes and clean the area under cold flowing water.

 Step 7–Finish the Cleaning

If you have succeeded in removing most of the stain (it should be light blue by now), apply a laundry stain removal detergent, such as Shout, wait for at least thirty minutes and wash the garment in the washing machine. Your piece of clothing should be stain-free now.