How to Get Pen Stains Out of Clothing After Washed & Dried

It is best to try to remove an ink stain before washing and drying the clothes if possible.

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Ink can be really hard to get out of fabric even under the best of circumstances when the stain is fresh and the proper tools are at hand. But it's even harder, sometimes impossible, to get ink out of clothes when the clothes have already been washed and dried. There's no need to give up yet, however, because it is possible to remove that ink stain with a little effort and some basic items you can find at the grocery store.


Put a towel inside the fabric or underneath it, picking a towel you won't mind staining.


Mix together baking soda and water to create a thick paste. Apply the baking soda paste to the ink stain and gently work it into the fabric.


Let the baking soda paste sit on the fabric for 30 minutes or longer.


Wipe away the baking soda mixture with a clean, damp cloth and then take a good look at the ink stain. If the stain is gone, apply some stain removal product to the area and rub the fabric together. Wash in cold water and laundry detergent.


Keep the towel under or in the fabric if the stain is still there. Pour a small amount of non-acetone nail polish removal on to the stain and gently rub it into the fabric.


Set another towel you don't mind ruining on top of the fabric and press down firmly. Repeat until the stain is gone.


Wash the item in cold water and laundry detergent.

Things You'll Need


1.Baking soda

3.Clean cloth(s)

5.Stain removal product


4.Non-acetone nail polish remover

6.Laundry detergent


Tips & Tricks


If the ink stain is very stubborn and does not come out after using baking soda and nail polish remover, purchase some dry cleaning solvent at your local dry cleaner and apply it to the stain. Blot the fabric together and repeat until the stain is gone.


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