Do you have ink stains on your clothing, be it white or colored, or maybe ink got onto another surface and got stained and the ink dried? With these homemade solutions you can remove ink stains from almost any surface without having to dispose of that garment or take it to a dry cleaner.

Losing a shirt due to a pen or marker ink stain is something more than common. That is why autographed clothing is preserved for a very long time, because pen marks are not removed with a simple wash, even less when the ink has been fixed to the fabric for a long time , so that the garment ends up in the basket. clothing for donations or disassembled to use the fabric for other things. The sad thing is that many times, the garment is new and will no longer be used because it has been stained. But we can do a few things to remove the ink , let’s start with these tricks:

For you to keep in mind, you can remove dry ink stains from washable and non-washable surfaces , pencil stains, fibers and pens on white or colored clothing, and on many different types of surfaces.

Remove ink stains on non-washable fibers

Follow these steps to remove ink stains from materials such as acetate, synthetic carpet, wool carpet, fiberglass, rayon, silk, triacetate, or wool:

  • We will use a sponge and make circular movements out of the stain, which is previously slightly moistened.
  • Once you have rubbed the stain, use a hair spray, which helps loosen the stains and then apply a few drops of white vinegar and a stain remover, such as kh-7.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes, and dry every 5 minutes with a clean absorbent pad. You can add a few extra drops of vinegar as needed to keep the stain moist.
  • Then we will have to rinse the surface with a little water and dry.
  • If the stain persists, apply rubbing alcohol to the stain and cover with an absorbent pad moistened with alcohol. Let stand to remove any stains. You should change the absorbent pads as it stains and apply a clean one instead. Rinse with alcohol. (Do not use alcohol on acetate, rayon, or triacetate.)
  • If the stain is still persistent, you can apply again the circular movements with the sponge with a few drops of ammonia (use very carefully) Let it rest for 30 minutes and dry the surface every 5 minutes. You should not use ammonia on silk or wool; then rinse with water and dry.

Remove them from washable fibers

Some surfaces such as acrylic, cotton, linen, modacrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester or spandex fabric can be easily stained with ink from pen or pencils, some have dry and old stains , but that does not make it impossible to remove them if we know How to remove them, below we mention these tricks to remove dry ink stains .

  • Again we must use a hair spray to loosen stains from clothes .
  • Soak the fabric in a solution of 1 quart hot water, 1/2 teaspoon dishwasher detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 30 minutes; Be careful when using vinegar on cotton and linen.
  • Rinse with water and allow to dry.
    If the stain persists, apply rubbing alcohol to the stain and cover with an absorbent pad moistened with alcohol (use alcohol sparingly on acrylic and modacrylic). Let sit while the ink stain is removed. You should keep both the stained surface and the alcohol pad wet. Then rinse and let it dry.
    If any trace of stain remains, you can soak the garment in a solution of 1 quart of hot water, 1/2 teaspoon of dishwasher detergent, and 1 tablespoon of ammonia for 30 minutes. Rinse well with water and allow to dry.

Removes ink stains with milk

No matter how good the methods used in dry cleaners are, and the chemicals they use to wash clothes, a very aggressive chemical will damage the fibers and probably break, some opt for strong combinations of bleaches and high concentration spotters.

But at home we will do the following: first we immerse the garment in hot water. Meanwhile, we are going to beat a little milk in half a liter of warm water, to which we will put a tablespoon of salt, there should be no lumps, but rather homogeneous.

Now we are going to remove the garment from the hot water and immerse it in the milk , we will leave it there until the water cools, we will see how the acids in the milk will loosen the ink and dissolve it. But this could be watered to the rest of the garment, so we will prepare more hot water and mix the spotting powder or liquid in it. We pass the garment to this water and let it cool, then we wash normally and let it dry, when it is dry we check if there is ink left and we repeat the procedure if necessary.

Eliminate washable inks

Some inks are not that strong and tend to cause difficulties when washing but they end up dissolving, but we need to reinforce the washing a bit if we want to use it soon, so we will do the following: prepare a mixture of water, vinegar, salt and baking soda , we let it do the reaction and a little foam will form, to this we add a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide, the same that is used in medicine, when it begins to react, we immerse the garment in it and we will leave it there for a couple of hours. We will use that water in the washing with detergent soap, preferably with hot water. We dry in the open air and the garment must have been like new.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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