Getting rid of stains on clothes

How to remove pen stains from clothing

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to remove pen stains from clothing

Stains caused by pen ink happen very often and at the same time, are hard to remove. The shirts of executives, students and teachers are their favourite victims, although no one is safe from these pesky pen stains. If you have a garment stained with pen ink in your wardrobe that you haven't been able to remove, pay close attention to this article where we show you how to remove pen stains from clothing through different methods.

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Steps to follow:


As with most stains, pen ink is easier to remove the sooner you can, so it is important that you treat the garment as soon as possible. Also remember not to rub inkblots or they will stain through to clean side of the garment.


If you are lucky, and the ink is still fresh, try to remove as much as possible with a cold damp cloth. If, on the other hand, the pen ink has dried in, moisten a cotton swab with water and try to remove as much as you can.


After removing as much ink as possible with water, place a cloth under the stain and moisten with alcohol or nail polish remover. Using another cloth, remove all the ink you can and repeat the process until the stain disappears. You should test the nail polish remover on a small unnoticeable piece of the garment to see that it doesn't destroy the fabric before attempting this step.


If alcohol and nail polish remover fail to get rid of the stain, you can try the same method with white vinegar or shaving cream.


If the stain is still there, another very simple method is to soak the stain in a bowl of warm milk with lemon juice.


Only once you have managed to remove the pen stains can you wash the garment as usual.

For more cleaning advice, find out how to remove oil stains from your clothes or rust marks as well.

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