How to Remove White Out From Clothes

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Treat white-out stains promptly for best results.

White-out, also known as Liquid Paper, is used to correct mistakes on paper. An applicator brush is used to brush the white-out over the error, then when it dries the correct text can be printed or typed right over it. White-out is handy to have in the office, but is also messy to work with. If you find white-out on your clothing, don’t worry—there’s no need to throw it out. With the right products and methods you can remove white-out from your clothes successfully.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic spoon

  • Household lubricating spray or glass cleaner

  • Rags

  • Acetone nail polish remover

  • Dish soap

  • Laundry pretreatment spray

Step 1

Scoop up as much of the white-out from the clothing as possible using a plastic spoon. Do this carefully so you don’t spread the white-out further.

Step 2

Saturate the white-out stain with household lubricating spray or glass cleaner. Make sure to spray both the front and back sides of the stained clothing.

Step 3

Rub the lubricating spray or glass cleaner into the stain with your fingers. Let it sit on the stain for about five minutes.

Step 4

Scrub the clothing gently with a damp rag. Apply more lubricating spray or glass cleaner as necessary. Switch to clean portions of the rag as one part becomes filled with white-out. Scrub until the white-out stain is gone.

Step 5

Sponge the stain with acetone nail polish remover for especially stubborn white-out stains. Put a clean rag on the underside of the stained clothing. Moisten a rag with acetone nail polish remover and dab it onto both sides of the clothing until the stain is gone.

Step 6

Wash the affected area of the clothing with a rag and soapy water to remove any residue from the cleaning products. Apply a laundry pretreatment spray to the area and launder the clothing as usual.


Always test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area of the clothing before using it on a more noticeable area.