Home Remedy to Get Ink Out of Clothes

Ink stains can be removed with home remedies.
Ink stains can be removed with home remedies. (Image: ice ink ii image by Mykola Velychko from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Ink stains in your clothes can be frustrating and annoying, especially if ink has splotched one of your favorite garments. Home remedies allow you to remove the ink as soon as you notice it. Whether they are from your children's markers at home or from ball point ink stains from the work place, the stains aren't necessarily permanent; many items in your home remove ink from your favorite piece of clothing.

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For years, people have used home remedies to remove ink from clothes. Home remedies go back before individuals had the luxury of taking their clothing to a dry cleaning facility and before laundromats existed. People used common household items to remove ink from their precious garments. Trial and error has determined which home remedies work and which do not.


Such common items as soapy water, milk, vinegar, alcohol, nail polish remover, baking soda and even hairspray remove various types of ink from clothing.  The specific ink stain and the fabric impact which home remedy is most effective.


Dry cleaning your clothing can be costly. Using home remedies to remove ink from clothing not only saves money but time from having to take your garment to the cleaners. Additionally, the sooner you remove the ink from your clothing, the less likely the ink has a chance to settle into the fabric and cause permanent damage.


It’s important to consider the type of ink stain you are trying to remove from your clothing. Water-based and permanent ink stains are the most common types of ink you are likely to encounter on a daily basis. Water-based ink stains can be removed easily by rubbing the marks with soapy water or milk. Nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol work best for more difficult ink stains. 


If your clothing is made of delicate fabrics, such as silk or suede, you can cause permanent damage to your clothing if you are not careful with home remedies. Always test a small hidden area of your clothing before you attempt to use home remedies on the fabric. Place a clean towel under the fabric of the clothing while you remove the ink so the ink does not bleed through to another area of the garment. It’s also important that you hang your clothing to dry, because heat from the dryer can bring out invisible stains.


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