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How to Remove Ink from Clothes

How to Remove Ink from Clothes

Any kind of stain on your clothes, especially of ink, can leave a very bad impression and must be eliminated immediately. The article below highlights some effective home remedies to aid the removal of ink from clothes.
HomeQuicks Staff
Ink stains are a pretty common occurrence on clothes of school-going children. Elders and office goers are not far behind either. This mark can spoil the look of the cloth, and even damage the quality if not gotten rid of in time. If you want to know how to remove ink from clothes, then here is a stepwise guide to make your life easier.

For water-based stains, follow the steps below:

Usage of Alcohol
  1. Sprinkle water on the affected area to make it wet. Now, take a clean towel, and soak as much ink as you can from the cloth. Later, keep the cloth for drying.
  2. Take a clean towel, and spread it on a table. Place the cloth on this towel in such a way that the affected area faces downwards, i.e., it is in contact with the clean towel.
  3. Take rubbing alcohol, and apply it on the opposite side of the smudge. Let it sit on the cloth for about five minutes. Now, apply some more alcohol, and rub the area till the entire mark is removed.
  4. Take a clean towel or a washcloth, and try to soak as much liquid as you can from the spoiled cloth.
  5. Apply a mixture of detergent and water on the discolored area, and later, wash it with lukewarm water. Keep the cloth in direct sun for drying, i.e., the stain should face the sun.
These five steps are sufficient to remove water-based specks from clothes. However, sometimes it may happen that the smudges of permanent markers are very stubborn and difficult to remove. In such cases, acetone is the most effective remedy. So either use a nail polish remover, or straight away apply the chemical to the cloth. The method is as follows:

Usage of Acetone
  1. Pour water on the stain, and bloat the excess with a sponge or a clean towel.
  2. Place the cloth the same way as mentioned in the second step of the previous procedure.
  3. Take a nail polish remover or acetone, and rub the back side of the splotch with it.
  4. Take a few paper napkins, and blot the extra tint and acetone.
  5. Take a bowl of water, and prepare a mixture of water and baking soda. Rub this mixture on the damaged part, and leave it on for about two to three minutes.
  6. Sprinkle a small amount of any ready-made gel or spray.
  7. Wash the cloth with lukewarm water to remove the baking soda, acetone, and leftover liquid. Keep the cloth for drying in the sun.
Thus, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, and acetone can all be used to remove ink from clothes. Out of the three products, acetone contains very strong chemicals, so avoid using it on delicate fabrics. Although these methods are quite effective, if for some reason they fail to show the desired result, getting the cloth washed in a laundry is recommended.