If you put an ink stain on your shirt or other garment, you may be worried that you won't be able to get it out. Of course, you will have to make an effort to remove such a stain. There are several ways to do this. The sooner you start the better, as fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones. Blot the ink and use rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or stain remover to remove the stain.
Method 1 of 3: Removing fresh ink stains
Step 1. Place a cloth under the ink stain
If you are trying to remove a fresh stain, blot the ink first. Place a white cloth under the ink stain before doing this. This will prevent the stain from getting saturated and staining other areas of your clothing when you remove it.
Use a white cloth. A different color can stain the garment and create another stain
Step 2. Blot the stain with a white cloth
Take a white cloth and blot the stain with it. Don't rub, just blot the ink stain. Rubbing the stain will further absorb the ink into the fabric and penetrate the fibers of the fabric, making the task more difficult. So just blot the stain, being careful to remove as much ink from the fabric as possible.
Step 3. Blot the stained area from the wrong side
Turn the garment inside out and place a clean cloth under the stain. Repeat the process above from the wrong side. Try to remove as much ink from the fabric as possible.
Method 2 of 3: Using an alcohol-based hairspray
Step 1. Use an alcohol-based hairspray
Hairspray is an effective remedy for removing stains, including ink stains. Get an alcohol-based hairspray. Alcohol is the main ingredient in hairspray. As you know, rubbing alcohol is an effective stain remover.
If you haven't already, lay out the garment and place a clean cloth under the ink stain
Step 2. Test on an inconspicuous area of the fabric
Before using hairspray or any other product, test on an inconspicuous area of the fabric to determine the reaction of the selected product to the fabric. To do this, spray a small amount of hairspray on a small area of the fabric. Wait about 30 seconds, then blot with a clean cloth. If you don't notice any changes, use hairspray to remove the ink stain.
- If you notice that the fabric changes color or stains under the influence of varnish, do not use it to remove ink stains.
- Hairspray is an effective way to remove stains from synthetic fabrics. Avoid using hairspray to remove the stain from your skin, as it can ruin the fabric.
Step 3. Spray hairspray on the stain
After spreading the stained garment, take the varnish and, holding it 30 centimeters from the stain, spray liberally.
Step 4. Wait for the hairspray to soak into the fabric
After you spray the hairspray on the stain, wait about a minute for it to soak into the fabric. This makes it easy to remove the stain. However, do not leave the varnish on the fabric for too long. It should not dry out on the fabric.
Step 5. Blot the stain with a clean cloth
About a minute after you apply the varnish to the fabric, blot the stain with a clean cloth or cotton swab. The ink stain should be smaller. Continue blotting until the stain is completely gone.
If this method is effective and you succeed in removing the stain, wash the garment as usual
Method 3 of 3: Remove stains with other products
Step 1. Apply rubbing alcohol to the stain
Dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol and gently blot the stain with it. If the stain disappears, wash the garment as you would normally.
- Do not use rubbing alcohol if you need to remove stains from woolen, silk, rayon or acetate fabrics.
- Alcohol is an effective remedy when you need to remove ink stains, such as from a marker or ballpoint pen. Therefore, if hairspray does not work as desired, use rubbing alcohol.
Step 2. Use glycerin and dishwashing detergent
Mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) glycerin and 1 teaspoon (5 ml) liquid dish soap in a bowl. Soak a white cloth in the prepared solution and rub it on one side of the stain. When the stain has disappeared on one side, turn the garment inside out and repeat the process on the other side.
- Wait about 5 minutes after you apply the solution to the stain. Then use your finger to apply glycerin to the stain. Wash the garment thoroughly to remove the applied solution.
- Glycerin is an effective remedy for removing old stains. In combination with dishwashing detergent, the use of this solution will achieve the desired result. A solution of glycerin and dishwashing detergent can be used to remove stains on all types of fabric.
Step 3. Use a mixture of baking soda and water
Mix 2 to 1 baking soda and water in a small bowl. You should have a paste-like mixture. Use a cotton swab to apply the paste to the ink stain. After removing the stain, wipe off the paste with a clean paper or cloth.
Baking soda is a safe stain remover for all types of fabric
Step 4. Use white vinegar
If you can't remove the stain, soak the garment in a solution of white vinegar and water mixed in equal parts for 30 minutes. While the garment is in the vinegar and water solution, gently blot the stain with a sponge or cloth every 10 minutes. Then wash the garment as you would normally.
- Do not use hot water, as the stain can absorb even more into the fabric.
- White vinegar can be used on all types of fabrics.
Step 5. Use a stain remover
There are a wide variety of stain removers available for removing stains. Apply the stain remover to the stain as directed. Then blot the stain with a clean cloth.
Pay attention to the label on the garment. Do not use stain remover if it cannot be applied to your fabric
- When in doubt if a stain remover can be used on your fabric, test on a small area of the garment to make sure you won't ruin it if you use the stain remover of your choice.
- Blot the stain, do not rub. Rubbing the stain can cause the ink to soak even deeper into the fibers of the fabric.
- Do not wash or dry your clothes until you have removed the stain. Otherwise, you are unlikely to be able to completely remove the stain.