How to Get Ink Out of Clothes

You’re wearing your newly bought attire, you love it, you look great in it and, you feel great in it. Then what happens? You were maybe shaking your pen to move more ink to the front and by sheer bad luck, some of it gets sprayed on your clothes! And that too-right where people can see it.

This annoying tragedy can happen to anybody, but, what do you actually do when this happens? Well, speaking from experience and after harnessing quite a few suggestions; here are a couple of things, you can try out, to get ink out of your clothes.

I would say, first of all, it is important that you know what kind of fabric it is that you are dealing with. Because a lot of the removal process and the outcome of that depends on it.

I have listed a few different types of garments so that you can understand which removal technique you need to apply.

Getting Ink Out Linen Clothing

If the stain has gotten on linen clothes, then there’s no need for you to worry so much because the solution to get rid of the ink is fairly easy.

  1. First off, you need some rubbing alcohol and a glass.
  2. Then, you need to make sure that the alcohol will not cause any damage to the garment. To do this, apply a little bit of that alcohol on a spot that is unnoticeable.
  3. If it’s okay to use, then hold the cloth above the opening of the glass. Make sure that the stained spot is exactly on top of the mouth of the glass and that the cloth is very tightly stretched.
  4. Next, pour some of that rubbing alcohol on the cloth. The alcohol will draw out the ink with it, as it falls into the glass.
  5. Lastly, wash the cloth properly and air-dry it.

Removing Ink From Corduroy Clothing

To get rid of ink stains from corduroy clothing, here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Start with mixing a solution. Take one and a half teaspoons of clear, liquid dish – soap and add one tablespoon of white vinegar. (Remember to dilute the white vinegar with one-quarter of warm water).
  2. Take the ink-stained garment and soak it in this solution for about thirty minutes.
  3. After it has been soaked properly, take it out, wash it and leave it for air-drying.
  4. If by any chance, all of the ink did not go away then you can apply a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the stained area and rinse it well with water.
  5. Remember to wash the cloth by following the steps given on the label.

Getting Ink Out of Cotton Clothing

Cotton clothes are a bit tricky to get ink-free but not impossible.

  1. Start with applying some hair spray on the stain. The hair spray solution will soften the fabric and in turn, loosen the ink.
  2. Mix the same solution for cleaning corduroy clothing. (One and a half teaspoons of clear, liquid dish soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar diluted with a quarter part warm water).
  3. Soak the fabric into the solution for thirty minutes.
  4. If the stain continues to be there then damp a second clean cloth with some rubbing alcohol.
  5. Dab the cloth onto the stain. See if the stain starts to fade.
  6. If you see that the stain is slowly starting to fade, then you should change to another fresh cloth and moisten it with alcohol and repeat the same process.
  7. After the stain is completely gone, wash that area with water and air-dry.

Removing Ink From Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

Don’t you just hate it when you discover that the pen you kept in your jeans’ pockets had leaked ink and now, there’s a big ink stain on them?

Don’t worry; I know how heartbreaking it is to see your favorite pair of jeans get ruined like that. There’s a simple solution to this and all you have to do is, use the right materials and do it the proper way.

  1. First of all, you need to stop the ink right away from spreading any further by having it absorbed. Don’t rub on the stain too harshly because that might cause the stain to spread.
  2. If you discovered the stain in a dried state then moisten it using a little bit of water. Then start blotting the excess ink.
  3. Position a fresh napkin or paper towel under your jeans.
  4. Dab a little isopropyl rubbing alcohol onto the stain. Remember to use just a little bit of it because it works great even in a small quantity.
  5. Now, mildly scrub the area with a cotton swab or a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  6. Rinse the area with cold, running water.
  7. Leave it for air-drying once it is clean.

Getting Ink Out of Silk Clothing

Ah, silk. It feels nice on your skin, doesn’t it? Looks good, too. Here are some simple steps to getting rid of ink from silk clothing.

  1. Immediately start soaking up the ink using a paper towel or a clean napkin. You can also dab the paper towel in cold water and use that to blot the ink as well.
  2. Soften the stained area with hairspray and continue to soak up the ink until you see that the ink is starting to fade.
  3. Soak the last bit up with warm water.
  4. Afterward, dip a toothbrush into a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and, mildly scrub the area.
  5. Rinse the cloth well with cold, running water.
  6. Air-dry the clothing.

Removing Ink From Leather

If you are dealing with leather, then it is best advised that you use a cleaning product that was specifically formulated for your leather. Use the product within the first four to five hours of the stain formation, to get the best results.

Getting Ink Out of Velvet

Now, it is crucial that you understand the instructions given on the label before you try to remove the ink stain your own way. This way, you are sure not to damage the fabric. In addition, make sure that the velvet is washable.

  1. Start making a solution of one and a half teaspoons of clean, liquid dish soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar mixed with a quarter of warm water.
  2. Soak the fabric in the solution for thirty minutes and so.
  3. Wash the area well using warm water.
  4. Hang the garment on the line for air drying.
  5. If you see that the stain has still unfortunately persisted, then apply a little bit of rubbing alcohol to the area. (Be sure to test it for your fabric first).
  6. Wash the cloth by following the steps given on the product label.
  7. Air-dry the clothing once more.

Closing Thoughts

Ink stains can be stubborn, ugly and frustrating. But if you remember to follow our tips and the instructions given on the product label, then you’ll be okay.

Best of luck!

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