A big ink blot on a white shirt stands out like a sore thumb as does an ink stain on any item of clothing. You can cover it with a pin or scarf or maybe even a belt, but what if it moves -- those are not really practical solutions. How embarrassing! Whether a pen bursts in your pocket or your kids intentionally write on their clothes, clothing can be ruined from an ink stain. Ink stains on clothes can be removed without ruining the fabric. Removal of an ink stain takes a little bit of work and a little bit of using the right product to dissolve the stain or pull the offending ink out of the fabric. Treating and removing the ink stains will restore your clothing to a pre-stained condition and not ruin the fabric.
Things You Will Need
White Paper Towels or rags
Laundry Stain Pretreater
Lay down four to five sheets of plain white paper towel, stacked on top of each other on a flat work surface. You can also lay clean, white rags down on your work surface instead of the white paper towel. Avoid using rags with color or paper towels with a design because you can transfer the dye from the rags or paper towels onto the clothing.
Place the clothing with the ink stain on top of the white paper towels or rags.
Pour isopropyl alcohol, also know as rubbing alcohol directly onto the ink stain to completely cover and thoroughly saturate the stain. Isopropyl alcohol can be purchased at a pharmacy or grocery store.
The isopropyl alcohol will make the ink from the stain sink into the paper towel or rag. Wait two to three minutes and then pour more isopropyl alcohol on to the stain. Check the rags or paper towels to see how much ink has transferred from the fabric to the paper towels or rags, if the paper towels or rags have a good amount of ink on them, change to clean rags or paper towels. Repeat this process until the ink stain has disappeared from your clothing and transferred onto the paper towels.
Rinse the treated area on the clothing with clear, cool water.
Spray the area with a laundry stain remover such as Oxyclean. Let the clothing sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
Wash as usual with liquid or powder laundry detergent in the washing machine or by hand. Wash according to the label instructions to prevent ruining the clothing.
Examine the garment to make sure the ink has been totally removed from the garment before putting the item in the clothes dryer. If any signs of the ink stain remain, treat the stain again. Clothes dryer heat will permanently set the stain in the fabric, so make sure it is completely gone.
As will most stains, the quicker you treat ink stains, the more likely your efforts will be successful.
Do not iron clothing that has an ink stain because the heat from the iron will set the stain permanently into the fabric fibers, just as the heat of the dryer sets the stain.
Repeat the above steps until the stain is completely gone.
If the clothing is dry clean only, do not attempt to wet clean because you may ruin the item. Tell the dry cleaner the source of the stain so he can determine the correct removal methods.