How to Make Homemade Ink Remover

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Milk is an ingredient in this homemade ink remover recipe.
Milk is an ingredient in this homemade ink remover recipe. (Image: Retro glass of milk. image by Saskia Massink from Fotolia.com)

Ink can stain anything it touches. It can permanently stain carpets, rugs, clothes and furniture, among other things. While store-bought cleansers can remove ink, they contain harsh chemicals. A homemade ink remover is just as effective without using chemicals. When using homemade stain removers, it’s important to test the solution on a small corner of the material to make sure it won’t bleach or further stain the fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. borax
  • Paper towels
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Spoon

Pour 1 tbsp. white vinegar, 1 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. milk and 1 tsp. borax into a bowl.

Mix the ingredients together by stirring them with a spoon.

Place the material that has an ink stain between a few sheets of paper towels. If the stain is on the carpet or a piece of furniture, place a couple of sheets of paper towels on top of the stain.

Press down on the top paper towel to try to soak up as much ink as possible.

Take off the top paper towel, and dip a paintbrush into the ink remover. Paint the solution onto the stain. Cover the entire stain with the liquid.

Wait 5 minutes for the solution to seep into the stain.

Dampen a sponge with cold water, and press it onto the stain a few times. The stain should be gone.

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