How to Remove Ink From Scrubs

Scrubs should look clean and be free of stains at all times.
Scrubs should look clean and be free of stains at all times. (Image: Scrub Nurse image by Mary Beth Granger from Fotolia.com)

Scrubs, usually made of polyester/cotton blends, are staple garments for medical professionals. Though scrubs are designed to be durable and stain resistant, ink stains are notoriously difficult to remove from any fabric. However, you can remove most ballpoint pen and India ink stains with special cleaning products.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent
  • All-fabric bleach
  • Liquid chlorine bleach

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Ballpoint Pen Ink

Spray or sponge the stain with dry-cleaning solvent.

Rub the stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent, and rinse thoroughly.

Soak the scrubs in an all-fabric bleach. Follow the directions on the bleach to determine how long to soak the fabric and how to dilute the bleach.

To remove stains that didn’t come out with all-fabric bleach, soak colorfast scrubs in liquid chlorine bleach according to package directions.

India Ink

Pretreat the stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent, and rinse thoroughly.

Soak the scrubs in an all-fabric bleach. Follow the directions on the bleach to determine how long to soak the fabric and how to dilute the bleach.

To remove stains that didn’t come out with all-fabric bleach, soak colorfast scrubs in liquid chlorine bleach according to package directions. If the stain doesn’t come out after 15 minutes, it won’t come out with further bleaching.

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