How to Remove Ink From a Leather Handbag

Remove Ink from leather with rubbing alcohol.
Remove Ink from leather with rubbing alcohol. (Image: leather female bag image by terex from <a href=''></a>)

It is not uncommon for a leather handbag to become stained from ink. After all, we do put pens in our handbags, and those pens can leak or accidentally mark our bags. You can clean ink stains yourself with a soft cloth, a little soap, water and possibly rubbing alcohol.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Soft cloths
  • Bowl
  • Rubbing alcohol

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Fill a small bowl with warm water. Add a few drops of a mild detergent such as Ivory or Dove. Stir with your fingers to ensure the soap is well-blended with the water.

Dip the edge of a clean, soft cloth into the bowl of soapy water. Squeeze out the excess water so the cloth tip is moist.

Dab the ink stain with the moistened tip of the soft cloth. Blot the moisture up with a dry edge of the cloth. Keep dabbing and blotting until the stain is gone. Re-moisten the edge of the cloth as needed. If the edge of the cloth begins to look dirty, switch to a clean edge.

For tougher stains, apply rubbing alcohol to a clean, soft cloth. Wipe the ink stain with the cloth. Apply sparingly and let the alcohol dissolve the stain. Repeat if necessary. After the stain is gone, wipe the spot with the soapy water mixture and dry it with a clean, soft cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always test stain removers on a small, inconspicuous spot of your handbag to make sure the colors don't bleed or fade.


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