How to remove ink stains from clothes the easy way – without using bleach of stain removal detergent.
I know splattering ink all over your favourite shirt is super annoying!
But don’t worry about it – it’s not necessarily ruined, here’s my BEST laundry tip on how to remove ink stains from clothing without using bleach or expensive stain removal detergent.
I use a plain white bar of soap – and I mean seriously buy the cheapest there is – grab it from the basics or value range at the supermarket, it’s a great idea to always have a bar of this plain white soap in at home.
The basic soap bar is not only good for removing ink stains from clothes but for a whole host of other household cleaning jobs too.
What you need to remove ink stains from clothes
- Bar of soap – the basic white value bars – they cost like 25p in the supermarket.
- An old toothbrush
- Usual laundry liquid – I usually use Ecover Non-Bio laundry liquid
- 1 cup soda crystals (I use the Dri Pax brand)
How to remove ink stains from clothes
- Dampen the stain with warm water from the tap.
- Rub the stain with the bar of white soap to create a foamy layer.
- Brush the ink stain gently with the toothbrush, be sure to brush gently you don’t want to damage the fabric.
- Rinse away the soap under a warm running tap. You’ll see that the ink stain is already much much fainter. Depending on how large the stain is you may need to repeat the soap rubbing and toothbrushing a couple of times.
- Add a cup full of soda crystals to the washing machine drum. (if you’re concerned about this – check the washing machine manual and always follow manufacturers instructions)
- Put the shirt into the washing machine and add your usual laundry liquid to the soap dispenser part of the detergent drawer.
- Wash the shirt on a 40 degree normal wash cycle (if the laundry label on the shirt says max temperature 30 degrees then wash at 30 instead)
- Once the shirt has been washed, dry as usual and…. you’ll see the stain has gone!
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