7 Clever Hacks To Remove Ink Stains From Clothes

7 Clever Hacks To Remove Ink Stains From Clothes

Hacks To Remove Ink Stains

Pen’s leak, and when they do, they leave a nasty stain behind them. We all have encountered this sometime in our life. Removing ink stain can become a task, depending on the ink type.

However, not all ink stains are hard to wash. Ink found in washable markers is easy to get rid of, on the other hand, always keep your clothes away from permanent markers and highlighters, as the stain they leave is the hardest to get rid of. But the common ink stain found of clothing, is left by ball point pen. We all use them regularly and keep them in our pocket most of the time. Washing ball point pen can be tricky but luckily there are certain ways, it can be removed. The reason ball point ink is a bit tricky to remove is because it contains pigments and dyes. Removing the ink requires a solvent that works with both polar (water) and non polar (organic) molecules.

Here are some of ways, you can remove ball point ink from your favorite shirt or clothing:

  1. Blot it Out – This method works best with the fresh ink stains. Use a soft tissue or a cloth and try to absorb as much ink as possible. Always make sure to place a white cloth underneath the stained portion of the garment, to prevent the stain from spreading to the back of the garment.
  • Use Alcohol – Alcohol is a strong stain solution.  Dip a cotton ball in alcohol and rub it on the stain. Repeat the process, until its clean. Alcohol is a great solution but it can react with certain fabrics, so always do a test run before using alcohol.
  • Hair Spray – Get a hair spray, which has high alcohol content and spray it on the stain. Use tissues, paper towels or cotton balls to remove the stain. Repeat the process, until stain is removed and wash the cloth.
  • Nail Polish Remover – Use the same method as hair spray and repeat until the stain is completely gone. Since Nail polish remover also contains sufficient amount of alcohol, always do a test run, before using it.
  • Milk – A simple and easy DIY method, which you can always try, before doing anything else. Soak the stained part of the shirt or cloth in a glass of milk for overnight, and wash it out the next day.
  • Salt – Salt will work, if the stain is fresh and ink is still wet. If this is the situation you have, all you need to do is pour some salt on the stain and use a wet paper towel to dab it. Repeat the same process, until you are not satisfied with the cleanliness.
  • Vinegar – Apply some white vinegar on the affected area, and leave the cloth for 4-5 min. Create a paste using 2 parts of white vinegar and 3 parts of cornstarch, and apply the paste on the stained area. Once the paste is completely dry, thoroughly wash the cloth.

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