How To: Remove Ink Stains


You toss all the jeans into the washer, in a hurry, and forget to check all the pockets. Then you toss them into the drying as well. You start folding the clothes and notice everything is covered in ink. AHHHH! You just want to kick yourself because you just ruined a whole load of jeans. Think again.. These ink stains can be removed even after they have been washed and dried. I have totally been in this situation before. More times then I want to tell you all. 🙂 When my husband and I were first married we lived in these apartments where we had to use the laundry mat to do laundry. Well I was doing a load of laundry and I checked all the pockets no pens or anything. Well I forgot to check the drying when I tossed them all in. Who ever had used it before me had washed their own clothes with a pen, and left the pen in the drying. So I went about my business and dried all my clothes with that pen. I had that AHHHH moment when I started folding that load of clothes.I also have a 2 year old daughter who loves coloring with pens, so we have lots of pen marks on her clothing as well.  The magic eraser for these terrible stains is hairspray.

What you need:

Hairspray of any kind

a old wash rag or a cotton round that you use for your face

1: Take your item of clothing that has the ink stain and spray a good amount of hair spray on the ink spot. ( Here is my daughters shirt I worked on just last night). For those stains that are super big it might take a lot more hairspray.


2: Take your wash rag ( for large stains) or cotton round (for small stains like the one above) and spray it with hair spray as well. Spray quite a bit of hairspray on your rag or cotton round too.


3: Rub in a circular motion with your rag or cotton round on the ink stain. The stain will come right off onto the rag or cotton round. Just like that it’s magic. With those extra large stains you might have to apply a 2nd or 3rd round of hairspray, but I promise eventually it will come out. It’s so exciting when it does too!