How to Set Ink on Fabric

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Look for inks designated for permanent use on fabric.
Look for inks designated for permanent use on fabric. (Image: blue marker image by Maciej Mamro from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

For most folks, removing ink from fabrics is a priority, but occasionally you may want to set ink so it doesn't come out. Whether you've created an elaborate design, or your kids are just signing end-of-year autographs on their friends' T-shirts, start with a fabric marker designed for permanent fabric use. Instructions for setting the ink vary depending on the manufacturer, so always check the package directions.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Clean, white cloth
  • 1/2 cup salt

Set the iron on medium high and wait one minute for it to warm up.

Place your fabric on the ironing board with the design face up.

Place a clean, white cotton cloth over it to protect the fabric from scorching.

Iron smoothly over the cotton cloth for 10 seconds, moving the iron in a circular motion so all areas are heated.

Dry the garment in the dryer on a regular cycle.

Wait 24 hours. Pour 1/2 cup of salt into the washer and fill the washer with cold water.

Wash the garment on a regular cold cycle. Don't use detergent. Dry the garment in the dryer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wash the garment in cold water or dry clean.
  • Limit cleaning as much as possible by spot treating.

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