It's bound to happen sooner or later; you leave a pen in your pants pocket and it leaks all over the fabric, leaving an unsightly stain right on the front of your favorite pair. Fortunately, ink stains are relatively easy to remove, as long as the ink is water-based. This includes ink from ballpoint, gel and felt-tip pens.
Place a paper towel beneath the stained layer of fabric.
Soak another paper towel in rubbing alcohol and dab at the stained fabric. Do not rub. Repeat until you have lifted as much ink as you can. Replace both paper towels, top and bottom, as needed.
Rinse the stain well with water.
Rub laundry detergent into the stain. Let it stand several minutes.
Launder as usual.
Repeat each step again if the stain doesn't completely disappear after laundering. If the stain still hasn't vanished, place the pants in direct sunlight for a day. This will help bleach any remaining ink color.
- "Field Guide To Stains"; Virginia M. Friedman, Melissa Wagner and Nancy Armstrong; 2002
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