How to Remove Ink From Scrubs

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.

Scrubs should look clean and be free of stains at all times.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry-cleaning solvent

  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent

  • All-fabric bleach

  • Liquid chlorine bleach

Ballpoint Pen Ink

Step 1

Spray or sponge the stain with dry-cleaning solvent.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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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