Ink stains from pens and markers can be one of the most annoying and stubborn stains. They can be very challenging to be removed because a standard washing machine cycle cannot deal with them. Ink stains do need special attention, but removing them is not an impossible task. The first step in removing an ink stain is to identify the type of material or surface that is stained. Then use the following tips for optimal ink stain removal.
1. Salt: Pour salt on an ink stain that’s still wet, gently dab with a wet paper towel, and then remove and brush off the salt. Repeat until the stain has completely lifted
2. Nail Polish Remover: Try saturating the stain with nail polish remover. Only use this on hardwearing fabrics, and remember to test a small area of fabric first. Take a cotton ball and wipe the affected areas with the solution. Once the ink stains are gone, wash skin with soap and water. Nail polish remover can also eliminate ink stains on the drum of your clothes dryer.
3. Alcohol: Grab a clean white towel and put the stained item on top. Test any solution on a hidden seam of the fabric. After testing, blot the stained area with rubbing alcohol. The towel underneath may become wet and discolored from the ink leaching out. Try moving the garment to a clean dry section of the towel to prevent the area from picking any of the removed ink back up. Continue until no there’s no more to remove. Rinse the stained area completely free of the rubbing alcohol; multiple rinses may be necessary.
4. Lemon Juice: Mix equal parts of lemon juice and gentle laundry detergent together and apply to the stain. Leave the mixture to sit for a couple of hours before washing the garment in cold water.
5. Hair Spray: Spray hairspray onto a stain and leave to dry before putting in the washing machine. The chemicals in the spray will help to break down the ink, making it easier to dissolve in the wash.
6. Cream of Tartar: Make a paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Cover the ink stain with the paste for 3 to 4 hours, then brush off the paste and wash the shirt.