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How to Remove Ink From White Clothes

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The question of how to remove ink from white and light clothes is for office workers, and for the parents of school kids and small kids who can draw their clothes. If you try to simply wash an item of clothing stained with ink, you can worsen the situation. Ink can absorb into the fabric fibers if you wash your clothes in hot water and will become even more difficult or even impossible to remove.

5-Minute Crafts wants to share 7 miraculous methods to remove ink stains from white clothes with things you probably have at home.

Method #1: with the help of baking soda and ammonia

You’ll need:

  • 1 tsp of ammonia (10% ammonia dissolved in water)
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of water

What to do:

Mix water, ammonia, and baking soda until homogenous. Apply the mass on the ink stains and leave for an hour. Then wash as usual.

Method #2: with the help of laundry soap, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon

You’ll need:

  • solid laundry soap
  • 2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/3 of lemon

What to do:

Prepare a mixture from a small piece of grated solid laundry soap, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon juice. Apply it to the stained area of the fabric and leave for 40 minutes. Afterward, wash the item as usual.

Method #3: with the help of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia

You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tbsp of ammonia
  • cotton pads

What to do:

Mix hydrogen peroxide and ammonia in a 2:1 ratio. Apply this solution to the ink stain with the help of a cotton pad. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. Place a paper towel under the processed area to prevent the stain from spreading further onto your clothing. Afterward, wash the item as usual.

Method # 4: with the help of alcohol

You’ll need:

  • rubbing alcohol or ethyl alcohol
  • cotton pads

What to do:

Place a paper towel or a piece of fabric under the processed area to prevent the stain from spreading further onto your clothing. Apply a cotton pad, moistened with alcohol, on the ink-stained area until the stain disappears. Change the cotton pad for a new one as it gets dirty.

Method #5: with the help of milk and milk products

You’ll need:

  • whey, milk products, or milk

What to do:

Apply whey or other milk products on the ink stain and leave it for an hour. The bacteria that these products contain, which are responsible for the fermentation process, will oxidize the ink and it will be much easier to wash off. In order to remove fresh stains from delicate fabrics, you can use cow’s milk. For this, soak the item in the milk for 1-2 hours.

Method #6: with the help of toothpaste

You’ll need:

  • white toothpaste that doesn’t contain colorants (it’s better to opt for a whitening one)

What to do:

Rub the toothpaste into the ink stain. Spread it evenly on the stain and leave it for 15 minutes. Afterward, wash the item as usual.

Method #7: with the help of dishwashing liquid

You’ll need:

  • dishwashing liquid
  • water

What to do:

Apply an abundant amount of dishwashing liquid to the ink stain. Soak it for 30 minutes in warm (not hot) water with the dishwashing liquid. Afterward, gently wash this area with your hands and later wash the item as usual. This trick can be used to remove the leftovers of ink after using any of the aforementioned methods.

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