How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothing


If you’ve held a pen, you know how inconspicuously an ink stain can creep onto your favorite dress or jacket and ruin it. Removing it can be quite a nuisance.

But the damage might not be as permanent as the inscriptions on a Rosetta stone. You may very well be able to remove it using pretty simple household remedies.

Here are three methods for removing an ink stain using standard household ingredients.

Method 1: Vinegar and Milk

Things you’ll need:

remove ink stains from clothing things need

  • Stained Fabric
  • Vinegar – ½ cup
  • Whole milk – 1 cup
  • Bowl
  • Liquid detergent

Step 1. Combine milk and vinegar

combine milk and vinegar to remove ink stains from clothing

  • Pour 1 cup of whole milk into a bowl.
  • Add ½ cup of vinegar to it.

The mixture will coagulate over time and form lumps of curd.

Step 2. Soak the stain in the mixture

soak the stain to remove ink stains from clothing

Immerse the stain into the mixture and let it soak overnight. Put only the part of the fabric that contains the stain in the coagulated mixture.

Step 3. Wash the stain

wash to remove ink stains from clothing

Remove the fabric from the mixture and rub the fabric against itself to get rid of the stain.

Wash it with water to remove the coagulated mixture.

Step 4. Wash the fabric with detergent

wash the stain with detergent to remove ink stains from clothing

Wash the fabric with a liquid detergent. Rinse it thoroughly and you will notice the stain has completely vanished.

Dry it under the sun for 3-4 hours.

remove ink stains from clothing

Method 2: Lemon and Liquid Detergent

Things you’ll need:

remove ink stains from clothing things need

  • Stained Fabric
  • Liquid detergent – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon – ½ of a whole lemon
  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • Toothbrush
  • Clean light-colored cloth

Step 1. Place a light-colored cloth underneath the stain

use a light colored cloth underneath to remove ink stains from clothing

Use a light-colored cloth as a base for your stained fabric. The light color of the base cloth will ensure that its color is not absorbed by the fabric when it gets damp.

Step 2. Mix detergent and lemon juice

detergent and lemon juice mixture to remove ink stains from clothing

Squeeze the juice out of 1 whole lemon and mix it with about 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent.

Mix the contents using a toothbrush.

Step 3. Apply the mixture on the ink stain

apply the mixture on the ink stain to remove ink stains from clothing

Dip the toothbrush in the mixture and apply it on the stain.

Step 4. Rub it thoroughly with toothbrush

rub it thoroughly with toothbrush to remove ink stains from clothing

Rub the stain meticulously with the toothbrush. Remember to use a brush with soft bristles and you won’t have to worry about whether applying pressure may damage your fabric while rubbing the stain.

Step 5. Rub a lemon half directly onto the ink stain

rub a lemon half on the ink stain to remove ink stains from clothing

Rub one half of a lemon directly on the stain. Keep squeezing the lemon while rubbing the stain to release more juice with each successive rub.

Repeat steps 3 through 5 until the stain begins to fade.

Step 6. Wash the stain in water

wash the stain to remove ink stains from clothing

Apply a little bit of detergent and wash the fabric thoroughly with water. Set it out to dry in the sunlight for 3 to 4 hours.

remove ink stains from clothing

Method 3: Lemon and Salt

Things you’ll need:

remove ink stains from clothing things need

  • Stained Fabric
  • Lemon – ½ of a whole lemon
  • Table salt
  • Toothbrush
  • Liquid detergent
  • Cotton balls
  • Knife
  • Clean light-colored cloth

Step 1. Place a light-colored cloth underneath the stain

place a light-colored cloth underneath the ink stain fabric

Use a clean, light-colored cloth as a base for your stained fabric. The light color of the base cloth will ensure that its color is not absorbed by the fabric when it gets damp.

Step 2. Dab the stain with cotton balls

dab the stains to remove ink stains from clothing

Dab the stain with cotton balls until no more ink is visible on the cotton ball. It indicates that all the ink on the surface of the fabric has been absorbed and the remaining ink is blended into the fabric.

Step 3. Apply salt on the stain

apply salt on the stain to remove ink stains from clothing

Sprinkle 3 or 4 pinches (approx.) of salt on the lemon half. The amount of salt depends on the size of the stain.

Step 4. Rub lemon on the stain

rub lemon on the stain to remove ink stains from clothing

Rub the lemon half thoroughly over the stain. While rubbing, keep squeezing the lemon to keep the juice flowing.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain begins to fade.

Step 5. Apply detergent on the stain

apply detegent on the stain to remove ink stains from clothing

Apply liquid detergent on the stain and rub it rigorously.

Step 6. Wash the fabric in water

wash the fabric in water to remove ink stains from clothing

Thoroughly wash and rinse the fabric with water.

remove ink stains from clothing final

Now, place it in the sunlight for a couple of hours and let it dry out.

remove ink stains from clothing all three methods

Out of the three methods performed, the first method – Milk and Vinegar – turned out to be the most effective in removing stains.

Additional Tips

  • You can use cotton balls to dab the stain (mentioned in 3rd method) if it’s fresh.
  • Use a light colored cloth as a base.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent any damage to the fabric.
  • Baking soda must not be used on delicate fabrics.
  • Try to wash stained clothes as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes.
  • Sometimes, successive washes and sunlight removes the stain.

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