Learn how to remove ink stains, step by step. These stain removal tips will help you get your clothes clean. Always check and follow your appliance and product use and care instructions before beginning any task, as it should be your primary source of information.

 

When you discover an ink stain on your clothes, rest assured that it’s possible to get ink stains out with a little patience and our stain removal tips. Follow the steps below to learn how to get pen ink out of clothes.

An ink stain on the inside pocket of a pair of jeans

HOW TO REMOVE INK STAINS FROM COTTON & COTTON/POLY BLENDS

Good for: white clothes, lights, darks, jeans, towels, sheets

 

  1. Test stain removal process on a hidden place on the garment before continuing.
  2. Place a paper towel on the stain. From the back side of the fabric, drip isopropyl alcohol or spray hairspray onto the stain. Remove paper towel and repeat with a new one until stain is removed.
  3. Apply detergent or stain treatment to the stain and wash in the warmest water safe for the garment.
Treating an ink stain on the inside pocket of a pair of jeans

HOW TO REMOVE INK STAINS FROM POLYESTER,
SPANDEX & NYLON

Good for: white clothes, lights, darks, active wear

 

  1. Test stain removal process on a hidden place on the garment before continuing.
  2. Place a paper towel on the stain. From the back side of the fabric, drip isopropyl alcohol or spray hairspray onto the stain. Remove paper towel and repeat with a new one until stain is removed.
  3. Apply detergent or stain treatment to the stain and wash in the warmest water safe for the garment.
A clean pair of jeans

HOW TO REMOVE INK STAINS FROM WOOL, SILK, LINEN, RAYON & ACRYLIC

Good for: sweaters, blouses, sheer fabrics, swimsuits

Note: For delicate fabrics, consider talking to a professional cleaner. 

 

  1. Test stain removal process on a hidden place on the garment before continuing.
  2. Place a paper towel on the stain. From the back side of the fabric, drip isopropyl alcohol or spray hairspray onto the stain. Remove paper towel and repeat with a new one until stain is removed.
  3. Apply detergent or stain treatment to the stain and wash in the warmest water safe for the garment.

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