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Easiest Ways To Remove Ink From Clothes


Ink spots on your perfect clothes are very intriguing and annoying, whether it is a marker carrying a notorious kid or an occasion of an office mishap. But you don’t have to worry about your favorite outfit getting wrecked by ink with the ink treatment below. Continue reading for some tricks to get rid of these annoying ink spots.   

Determine The Type Of Ink

Not all pens contain the same ink. They have a specific type, and every particular kind of ink has a solution to get rid of them. But you have to know the kind of the ink before treating them. Three types of inks are below.  

  • Oil-Built Ink: The ball pen’s ink is oil-built. This type of ink is pretty hard to get rid of from clothes. And it dries fast, too, making it even harder. 
  • Water-Built Ink: Water-built ink is in rollerball pens, gel pens, washable markers, and fountain pens. 
  • Alcohol-Built Ink: Alcohol-built ink is in markers and very tough to get rid of from clothing. 

How To Take Out Ink From Your Garments 

After recognizing the type of ink, you can remove it with the correct technique.   

Oil-built Ink Spot

The hidden way to get rid of oil-built Ink is a general solution known as ethanol.  

You might have some in your first aid box. It can be easily in rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, and aerosol hairspray. You can use any one of the items above to get rid of oil-built spots.  

  1. Spread the affected garment onto a tabletop and place any useless napkin or cloth beneath the first layer of the fabric affected by the ink smudge. This is crucial so that you do not get any ink on the other side of the garment. 
  2. Pour a tiny amount of ethanol into the affected area. Wait for at least five minutes.  
  3. Smear the spot with another clean cloth by pressuring the napkin underneath the garment. Do that again and again till the spot vanishes.   
  4. Clean it normally. But before finally washing it, you can use some detergent to remove the faint spot on your garment.  

Water-built Inkspot

Nobody would believe it if we said that you could remove this ink spot just by adding milk. But it is 100% true. Read the steps below to learn more. 

  1. Add milk to a container and engulf the ink affected area in that bowl. Keep the garment in the container for an hour. 
  2. Brush the spot with a useless toothbrush, and after that, wash it off with lukewarm water.  
  3. Use some detergent to the rest of the spot, and then keep it for one more hour. Wash it normally afterward. 

Fun Tip: Don’t let the garment dry if the spot is still visible. This will make it a permanent spot, which will be very tough to remove afterward. Instead, repeat the first and second steps while it’s wet. 

Alcohol-built Inkspot

Permanent markers might be tough to remove. However, it’s not impossible. So go for this whenever it’s urgent: 

  1. Spread the affected garment on a surface and put the useless napkin underneath the first layer of the affected area.  
  2. Take a clean piece of cloth, dab the spot by rubbing alcohol. Continue doing so until you remove the spot. If rubbing alcohol is not working, try using ink and spot remover.  
  3. Treat the spot by using some detergent and wash it normally afterward. 

How To Get Rid Of Dried Spots?

It is an absolute misery when you do not notice the spot when it’s fresh and wet. But the good news is that you can still remove the ink spot after getting dry. You can remove the permanent spot too. 

Use some alcohol-built sanitizer on the spot and allow it to sit on it for approximately five minutes. Then, launder the garment with boiled water and detergent, and a half cup of bleach. 


Other than rubbing alcohol, you can also use nail polish remover. Nail paint remover might work on lasting ink spots, but it damages the fabric. Try it on a useless cloth first. If you accomplish this goal without damaging the fabric, then dab it in the same way on the spot. After completing the task, launder the nail paint remover totally from the fabric and clean the clothes. Always test these methods before trying them on expensive materials.