Time and time again I tell people about the easy way I remove ink stains and time and time again, they go out and purchase the pre-treats-this and the oxy-cleaner-thats. And report back that they still have a ruined piece of clothing from an ink stain.
I am sure that the items found in the cleaning section of the grocery store are good for removing a variety of stains. But, I have had amazingly good results with a simple bottle of rubbing alcohol.
Rubbing Alcohol Removes Ink Stains
I rely on rubbing alcohol to remove ink stains. Because I wear khaki colored slacks to work during warm weather, and because I am clearly an extremely clumsy person, I have to remove self-inflicted ink stains on a regular basis. It is cheap, easy, and best of all - reliable.
While I've used this technique on a large variety of clothing items and materials, I am going to discuss my slacks - since my slacks are most often the ink victim.
These are the steps I take:
- lay the slacks flat, with the ink stain up.
- place a dry, white wash cloth under the stain (and over the next layer of slacks in order to protect the unstained section)
- pour a bit of rubbing alcohol on the stain
- press (or blot) with another dry white, washcloth
- add more rubbing alcohol and continue pressing until the stain is gone
- launder slacks as usual
- obviously, it didn't matter that she could not place a washcloth underneath. If the stain ran, it would only stain the cushion stuffing which is unseen
- she rubs, I blot. I blot because on finer materials, you can damage the material from the rubbing motion
I have saved much money by rescuing clothing from ink stains. A bottle of rubbing alcohol is far less expensive than replacing an article of clothing. I hope this tip is helpful to you too.
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