How to Wash Toner Ink Off of Clothes

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Ink toner. (Image: ink image by Sergey Shlyaev from

Toner ink from a printer or ink cartridge can be messy and difficult to clean, especially when it stains clothes. You can wash toner from hands using soap and water, but take special care when attempting to remove toner ink from clothes. Do not use warm or hot water when attempting to remove toner as the heat will make the ink sticky and much more difficult to remove. Consult a dry cleaning professional for advice on how to remove difficult stains from clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft bristle brush
  • Dry cloth(s)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hairspray
  • Stain removal product

Try to shake the toner off of clothes. Toner ink from laser printers is a very fine powder; much of it may be removed by simply shaking the clothing item vigorously.

Brush as much of the stain off of the clothes as possible using a soft-bristled brush. Do not rub the stain; this will only force the powder into the fabric further, making it more difficult to clean.

Use a dry cloth, such as a towel, in a brushing motion on the stain. Note that the cloth itself will most likely become stained, so use something that you do not mind soiling.

Dampen a dry, absorbent cloth with rubbing alcohol and then blot it on the toner stain. Note that the toner will likely stain the cloth.

Spray the stain with hairspray, blot well with towels on both sides of the fabric, and then wash in cold water in a washing machine. You can also try standard stain removal products.

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