How to Remove Ink Stains from Denim How to Remove Ink Stains from Denim

What You'll Need
70% Isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol
Soft clean cloth
Liquid detergent
Warm water
Brush (nylon brush or toothbrush)
Paper towel
Wet wipes

Having ink stains on jeans are fairly common among teenagers and students. To remove ink stains from your jeans is a pretty easy job, which requires some patience on your part. You can always rescue your expensive jeans from the unsightly stains if you follow the steps outlined in this guide.

Step 1 – Fresh Ink Stains, Blot Away

Immediately wipe fresh ink stains with a clean soft cloth or a paper towel. Make sure you have also placed a clean cloth on the underside of your jeans so as not to spread the stain to the other part of the fabric. Blot and wipe the stain away until it is very light. Add some water to keep the ink wet, but do it gently and in small drops, so as not to spread the ink further and make the stain bigger.

Step 2 – Wipe with Wet Ones

If the ink is a little old, but not too old that it has already set, try blotting it with a wet tissue until the ink is lighter in appearance. Keep repeating the process until the stain is light. If this does not work, try the other techniques to remove ink stains.

Step 3 – Mix Vinegar with Cornstarch

With a tablespoon of vinegar, add a teaspoonful of cornstarch and mix with a spoon. Then gently drop a small amount of the soft mixture on top of the stain and brush with a hard bristled nylon brush or an old toothbrush. Keep brushing until the stain is very light or until it is removed. If this process does not work, move to the next step.

Step 4 – Use Alcohol

With isopropyl rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol, drop a small amount on the stain and scrub it gently with the brush. Keep brushing until there is no more visible stain. Alcohol is a very strong substance that removes ink stains, but sometimes, very dark colored ink can still persist. If this happens, try the next step.

Step 5 – Hairspray May Help

Using hairspray with large alcohol content may help in removing the ink stain. The alcohol in the hairspray helps neutralize the ink and can help in removing ink stains fast, but be careful with this method since the jeans may bleach or fade in color. Use only in white or faded jeans.

Step 6 – Wash with Liquid Detergent

After all the steps have been done, it is assumed that there is no more stain or only traces of it are left on the jeans. The next best step will be to wash it with a non-bleaching liquid detergent. First, apply the liquid detergent on to the fabric with a bit of water and gently brush it with either the toothbrush or nylon brush. Rinse with warm water. Then put the jeans into the laundry machine and wash it thoroughly for 1-2 minutes. After which, dry it using yoru machine’s spin dryer and remove it while it is about 80% dry and hang.

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