How Do You Remove Ballpoint Ink Stains From Clothing?

To remove ballpoint ink stains from clothing, place the garment on a clean cloth, dab the stained area with rubbing alcohol, and then dab it with a clean cloth until the ink stain is gone. Rinse the item thoroughly, treat the stain with laundry detergent, and then launder the garment.

  1. Place the clothing on a clean cloth

    Place the stained clothing on top of a clean, dry cloth or towel.

  2. Dab the stain with rubbing alcohol

    Use a different clean cloth to dab rubbing alcohol all over the stained area. The stain may bleed through to the cloth underneath. Move the clothing to a different spot on the cloth or towel should this occur.

  3. Dab the stain with a clean cloth

    Dab the stain repeatedly with a clean wet cloth until all of the ink is gone.

  4. Apply laundry detergent to the stain

    Apply laundry detergent to the area where the stain was, and allow it to sit for three to five minutes.

  5. Launder the clothing

    Launder the clothing using the hottest water setting that is safe for the clothes. Do not dry the clothes unless the stain is completely gone.

  6. Repeat the process with fingernail polish remover

    If the stain remains, repeat the process using fingernail polish remover in place of rubbing alcohol.