If you have kids studying in junior classes at school, you must be scared of one thing - ink on clothes. Pens and kids, especially younger ones, make a very bad combination. Apart from the notebook, you will find ink stains scattered almost everywhere - walls, pillow covers, hands, legs and worst of all - their clothes. Ink stains can even appear on the adult’s clothes, despite all care and precautions. Removing ink stains from clothes is not too difficult, but only if you make use of the right procedure and that too, at the right time. In fact, the sooner you can wash the stained cloth, the better chances are there, of the complete removal of the stain. In the following lines, we have listed some easy and homely steps on how to get ink out of clothes. Follow the steps carefully and have a stain-free fabric.
Removing Ink Stains From Clothes
Ink From Ballpoint Pens
- With the help of a clean wet sponge, dab the stain.
- Keep the sponge on the stained area until all the ink gets soaked.
- Set aside the cloth and allow the stain to air dry.
- Apply hair spray on the stain.
- Taking two paper towels, sandwich the stained fabric in-between them.
- Daub the backside of the soiled cloth, working the stain into the other paper towel. Keep holding until the stain gets soaked completely.
- Apply stain remover on the stained area. Finally, wash the cloth with warm water and allow it to dry properly.
Ink From Felt Tip Pens
- Press a paper towel onto the stain, in order to soak excess ink.
- With the help of a clean cotton swab, apply denatured alcohol to the stain.
- Wash the fabric as usual.
Some Other Methods
- Fresh milk is an excellent absorbent of ink. Immerse you stained fabric in a bowl of milk and rinse the stained part. You will find that the ink will dissolve into the milk. Once the milk soaks the ink content, repeat the same process, using a fresh bowl of milk. Repeat the steps till the entire ink stain disappears.
- Did you know that nail polish remover can work effectively in removing the ink stain? Pour enough quantity of nail polish remover in a bowl and soak the stained fabric in it. Let the fabric be there for three to four hours. Now, use an old brush to scrub the ink stain from the cloth. Since, ink is a non-polar substance and nail polish remover is a non-polar solvent, you will find that the stain completely removed.
- Bleaching soda is another substance that can come to your rescue to get rid of the ink stain. Sprinkle bleaching soda in proportion to the stain and let it remain for 2-4 minutes. Rub the soap on the stained part and wash to find the stain disappearing. However, before using the bleaching soda on the fabric, apply it on a small part of the cloth, to see if there are any adverse effects. If some negative effect is seen, discontinue the process.
- Do not rub the stained part of the fabric vigorously. This might cause damage to the clothing.
- Clean the stain as soon as possible. Delay in action will make the stain tougher and more difficult to remove.