1. Home

Discuss in my forum

How do I remove ballpoint ink stains from clothes?


How do I remove ballpoint ink stains from clothes?

Bruno Vincent/Getty Images

Question: How do I remove ballpoint ink stains from clothes?
Here's how to remove ballpoint ink stains from clothes:
Answer: Wet a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and test the fabric to be sure the alcohol does not damage or discolor the material. Working from the outside of the stain to the inside, dab the spot with the swab. Change to a new swab as ink is absorbed to keep from redistributing the ink. If traces of the ink remain, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out.

If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

Specific questions? Just ask here.

Related Video
Remove Ink Stains
  1. About.com
  2. Home
  3. Laundry & Laundry Rooms
  4. Remove Stains & Odor
  5. Remove Office Supply Stains
  6. How to Remove Ballpoint Ink Stains from Clothes

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.