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How do you get ink out of clothes?

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Remove the wet ink stain as soon as possible by applying salt, cream of tartar or a professional stain remover, then washing with water. If the ink has dried on the clothing, soak it in milk, apply nail polish remover or hairspray and then wash as normal.

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The following are several ways to attempt removing ink from clothing:

  • Remove with salt or cream of tartar
  • Get wet ink out of clothing by first covering it in salt or a paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice. Rub it in and allow it to sit up to 4 hours for the cream of tartar and a few minutes for the salt. Rinse with clean water and wash as usual.

  • Soak in milk
  • Colored clothing with dried or wet ink stains can be cleaned by soaking them in milk overnight. Wash the clothing soaked with milk as usual the next day.

  • Use hairspray or acetone
  • Non-water soluble inks can come off by applying hairspray or nail polish remover. Spray the stain with the hairspray and wipe off. Apply nail polish remover with a cotton ball and wipe the stain generously. Wash as normal afterwards.

  • Use a stain remover
  • For stubborn stains, a commercial stain remover may be the answer. A water-based stain remover works on water soluble inks and vice versa. Blot the stain with the remover until the stain is gone. If the stain is dry or very large, pour the stain remover on and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before blotting away.

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