Ways to Get Ink Stains Out of Cotton Clothes


A big blast of ink all over your favorite top can be a day-ruiner, but it doesn't have to be a shirt-ruiner. Bring your inky clothes back from the brink by using a few laundry tips from stain-removal experts. You can get ink stains out of cotton clothing ASAP and get your stained outfits looking good as new.


Martha Stewart, the goddess of all things domestic, recommends using pure glycerin to get ink stains out of your clothes. And who are we to question Martha? Pick up a bottle of liquid glycerin at the drug store and grab a pack of cotton swabs. Dip a cotton swab in the glycerin and dab that baby right on your ink-stained cotton item. Use this technique on washable clothes only. Rub the glycerin into the stain gently for a few minutes, then scrub the area with some gentle laundry detergent mixed with water. Throw the stained item in the regular wash cycle with cool water and detergent, and it should come out looking good as new.

Hair Spray

If you're into up-dos, chances are you have a can of hair spray in your bathroom. As soon as you get ink on a piece of cotton clothing, strip that bad boy off. Take your hair spray and spray the offending stain thoroughly, like you're some kind of crazed graffiti artist. Let the hair spray dry, then run your dirty top through your regular wash routine.


Every girl has a bottle of acetone nail-polish remover in her medicine cabinet. Besides getting old paint off your toes, you can also use the stinky stuff to wipe out ink stains. Dab a bit of acetone on your soiled cotton clothing, and let it dry completely. Repeat this process until the ink is mostly gone. Then, scrub the stain with a combination of water, mild shampoo, glycerin and white vinegar.

Know When to Say When

If you get to your ink stain right away, you are more likely to be able to remove it. But if the stain is set, or if your cotton clothes are dry-clean-only, you may not be able to fix matters with your own two hands. Try taking your ink-stained item to a dry cleaner and asking the professionals to help. If they can't do it, or if you don't want to shell out the cash professional treatment requires, your only option may be cutting your cotton frock into kitchen rags or attempting to dye the whole shebang to match the stain.

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