How to Get Ink Out of Clothes After Drying

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It seems we've all ruined a shirt, pair of pants, furniture or some kind of fabric with that evil ink. Although it might seem impossible to remove, there are a few things you can try before you decide to give up. With a little bit of water, hairspray, alcohol, patience and elbow grease you might make the ink come out.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • 2 rag cloths
  • Rubbing alcohol/acetone
  • Hairspray

Step 1

Fill a bucket with warm water and let the fabric soak, preferably for more than two hours.

Step 2

Remove the fabric from the warm water and spray the stained area with hairspray. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Place a rag cloth on a flat surface and place the stained fabric on top of the cloth. Dab the other cloth in rubbing alcohol or acetone and gently rub the stained fabric.

Step 4

Add more hairspray on the fabric and continue to rub with the cloth.

Step 5

Repeat the process until the ink stain has been successfully removed.

Tip

  • You can also try to use OxiClean or Tide on the stain before doing the steps above.

Warning

  • The fabric might be discolored in the area where the stain was because of the rubbing and the use of alcohol.

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