Removing Ink From Clothing: Home Remedies & Tips You Can Use
Removing ink from clothing can be difficult. This is compounded by the fact that how you remove these stains depends on what ingredients are in the ink which caused the stain, and typically it is hard to tell what kind of ink got all over your clothes.
Therefore, it may take some trial and error to determine what will get ink out of clothes, and a wide variety of materials may be needed.
Below I've gathered several videos showing alternate ways to remove these stains. I would suggest trying the most conservative methods first, and then going to the harsher techniques only if needed, so there is less chance of harming the fabric.
In addition, I suggest always testing any homemade or commercial stain removers in an inconspicuous area of the garment first, just to make sure it does not discolor or otherwise harm the clothes before trying it on the stained area.
Finally, make sure the stain is completely gone before you place the clothing in the dryer, to make sure you don't set the stain if some is still left after washing.
Here's the video:
Has anyone had luck with removing ink from clothing with hairspray? If so, I would love to hear type of ink you removed, and with what type of hairspray. You can share your tips and experience here.
I generally advise people not to use hairspray for stain removal, just because it has so much glue and other additives in it that these ingredients may cause harm to your clothes. It is not quite as big of a deal to use hairspray on clothing though, so if you want to try it I don't think it would be a horrible idea.
I really don't like it for for upholstery or carpet, because at least with fabric you can wash it and remove the hairspray residue, but you can't on these other surfaces.
An alternative to hair spray that I typically suggest is rubbing alcohol. I suggest this anytime hairspray is called for, just because typically the active ingredient used for stain removal in such a situation is the alcohol in the hairspray.
That is also why cheaper hairsprays actually work better for stain removal than more expensive ones -- the cheaper ones have more alcohol in them typically.
Below are even more videos and alternates you can try for removing ink from clothing.
***Update: I've gotten a similar comment from Cath, who also uses milk for removing ink stains. She says: "I was going to say 'milk' and then I saw someone got there before me! That's what my mother always used to use when I came home with ink on my white school blouse. Which was quite frequently." ***End Update
I watched a video on You Tube about how to remove ink from clothes with only natural ingredients. (The video has since been removed, so I've summarized it below.)
Frankly, I have no idea if this works, but it may be worth a try if you're wanting to try only natural stain removers. In addition, except for the borax which many people don't just typically stock in their homes (unless you make lots of homemade cleaning products), you most likely have the rest of these ingredients in your kitchen right now.
The stain removal mixture she creates has the following ingredients:
How To Remove Ink Stains From Clothes With Denatured Alcohol
Below is a video showing how to remove ink stains from clothes with denatured alcohol.
This method works best on oil-based inks, instead of water based inks.
In addition, it should only be used on washable fabrics, not those that need to be dry cleaned.
When you get an ink stain on your clothes you need to treat it as quickly as possible before the ink has a chance to set.
Get a cotton ball or cloth dipped in denatured alcohol and blot the ink stained cloth with it.
You will see that ink transfers from the cloth to the cotton ball. Keep blotting with the denatured alcohol until no more ink transfers.
Hint: As you continue to blot you will want to occasionally switch to a fresh cotton ball or clean part of the cloth which does not have any ink on it to avoid re-transferring the ink back onto the fabric.
If this is an oil-based ink this will most likely remove most or all of the ink. If not, you may need to continue on with some additional steps.
The other techniques that the video suggests for removing ink stains include rinsing with soapy water, if it is a water-based ink stain, and soaking in milk overnight.
You can watch the video for full details.
As you can see there are a lot of tips for removing ink from clothing.
Ink stains are known to be pretty tough to remove, but hopefully one of these suggestions will work for you.
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