How to Remove Ink Stains From Fabric

Washing off the ink stain from clothes is quite troublesome chore beyond any shadow of the doubt, but is still doable. A lot depends on the chemical composition and type of the ink and the type of fabric on which it is poured. It is not always necessary to rush to your nearby dry cleaner in case you have spotted ink stains on your clothes because there are several ways to help you cope with this problem at home.

Things required:

– Baking soda
– Washing soda
– Salt
– Lemon
– Thinner
– Vinegar
– Milk
– Ammonia solution
– Mustard powder
– Glycerine


  • 1

    Once you have spotted ink stains on your clothes, immediately  make a thick paste of baking soda, apply it on the ink spot, and leave the fabric to dry. After a while, rinse the fabric under hot running water.

  • 2

    Apply a thick layer of dry salt on the stain and pour vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice on it. Leave it for next fifteen minutes, then rinse and wash.

  • 3

    Treat chronic ink stains with white spirit, thinner or acetone. To do this, soak a sponge or cotton ball into one of the solutions and apply it on the fabric. Leave it for next 30-40 minutes to allow the ink to dissolve again. This method is effective when you are dealing with cotton fabrics. However, it is not suitable for fabrics including wool, silk, chiffon and velvet etc.

  • 4

    Ink stains can also be removed after dipping the fabric in warm milk and leaving it for two to three hours. Wash the fabric with soap and water in a basin after adding small amount of ammonia solution. Ink marks will disappear from the fabric without leaving a trace.

  • 5

    To remove ink stains from coloured or silk fabric, you can use mustard powder. Mix the mustard powder in water, apply the resulting mixture on the affected area or the ink spot and leave it for twenty-four hours. After that, you will just have to scrape off dried mustard and rinse thoroughly with a clean cloth.

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