How To Remove Ink Stains In 3 Easy Steps

How To Remove Ink Stains In 3 Easy Steps

Ok, I hate to admit this, but it’s been a very, very long time since I used an actual pen to write something down. Couple the fact that I’ve barely left my home in a year with the unfortunate reality that I’m hopelessly attached to my cell phone, and you’ve got a recipe for a Notes app that’s overflowing with random tidbits that used to be reserved for sticky notes. That said, my partner always—always!—carries a pen on him when he leaves the house, and more often than not, he leaves it tucked into his shirt or jeans pocket and throws it in the laundry. Most of the time, I catch it before it makes it to the wash, but recently, I wasn’t so lucky: It exploded in the hamper before I even had the chance to search for it. Not so fun.




The good news is that getting ink stains out of clothes doesn’t always call for a trip to the dry cleaner. My favorite go-to trick involves a bit of rubbing alcohol (or hand sanitizer, if you still have a surplus), a cotton ball, and some Garment Groom.


  1. First, soak the cotton ball (or a like-colored cloth, if you don’t mind the ink transferring) in rubbing alcohol, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or nail polish remover, then lightly dab the stained area until the stain is completely gone.
  2. Even if there isn’t any noticeable residue left on the stain, this step is important: Soak another cotton ball (or more, if the stain has bled) in Garment Groom, an effective pre-treat and stain remover, and let it sit for 10 minutes. While water-based inks are easier to remove, all isn’t lost if it’s an oil-based ink: Just repeat the process if need be.
  3. Finish by rinsing the spot with cold water before you launder as usual.


Our Everything Laundry Soap naturally removes dirt and grime—and won’t be rough on your clothes. Plus, the hot water should be enough to remove any residue from the ink stain.


There you have it! Removing ink stains doesn’t have to be a headache :)


xx L