How to Remove Pen Marks from Clothes


Whether a new ballpoint pen leaked in the front pocket of your dress shirt, or a fancy ink pen exploded under the pressure changes on an airplane, splattering your slacks, pen marks can appear sloppy and unsightly. As long as your pen wasn't filled with permanent ink and the stained garment isn't silk or leather, pen marks can typically be removed with a few simple household ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap cloth
  • Glycerin or hairspray
  • Cotton swabs
  • Bowl
  • Gentle laundry detergent
  • Washing machine
  • Enzyme-based laundry detergent

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