As you read this, people are walking around with leaking pens in their pockets. Thousands have left their clothes in the washing machine with a neat little ball point pen tucked safely inside a jeans pocket. You seem to have already done that mistake. Well, this article will teach you how to get ink out of clothes.
Quick action has no alternative when it comes to removing ink spots from your clothes. If you realize that you have carelessly allowed ink to be deposited on any garment, you must not lose even a single second and spring into action straightaway.
Grab a paper napkin and press it against the stained surface. Do this very firmly, and keep on pressing the paper against the spot for a long time.
This is because the ink will be wet at this point in time, and hence will be absorbed by the paper towel. If ink gets dry and sets on the cloth, then your task of removing ink from the garment becomes all the more difficult.
You’ll find that the wet and fresh ink stain on your clothes would appear faded once you soak wet ink off with paper. This would leave you battling it out against a weaker spot. If you happen to be lucky, you’ll have a bottle of rubbing alcohol at your home.
If the ink has not yet set in, you can use rubbing alcohol to neutralize the ink pigments. Before you know, your clothes are free from the ink spot. You can also soak your ink stained cloth in this rubbing alcohol (or methylated spirit). Then, wash the cloth as you’d do normally.
In more restrained circumstances, you can depend on a patient exercise of ‘blot, rinse and dry’ to make your favorite pair of jeans (or whichever garment you spoiled) ink free. Soak a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and dab the swab at the inked spot. Now, rinse the spot with some water and let it dry. Then, again dab at it with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. You’ll observe the ink spot fading as you go about successively repeating the above procedure.
Now, we present a simple yet effective trick to remove ink stains from clothes, a tip that you can use at home. Put some paper under the part of the garment that is marked with ink. Now, grab your hairspray and spray a generous helping of the same over the ink spot. The hairspray dissolves the ink and hence makes it easier for you to remove it from the garment while washing it.
Once the stain is soaked in hairspray, use a damp cloth to blot it, and keeping doing this till the stain lifts off. However, note that you’d be better off using other means if the amount of ink that has gone into the cloth fabric is large.
How’d you react upon being told that you could use milk to rescue your clothes from the clutches of stubborn ink stains? Surprised? Yes, this is possible.
Once you do the preliminary exercise of soaking as much ink as possible with paper napkins, soak the stained part of the garment in cold milk and let is remain so for half an hour. Now, wash the cloth and see the magic, hopefully!
Another homemade remedy to this trouble is in the form of glycerine. Grab your long forgotten bottle of glycerine and warm some of it up. Now, once the glycerine is lukewarm, apply it to the stain and then flush with a lot of water. Then, add some ammonia drops and see the ink spot fade away.
We are sure you’ll be able to push those ink stains out of your clothes through all the above mentioned tips and tricks. But then, see to it that you do not forget your pen in your washing machine ever again!