How to Remove Bic Pen Ink

by Tisha Tolar

When the ink tube of a Bic pen explodes in your shirt or jean pocket, you might be inclined to just throw the clothing away, fearing the stain will never come out. A simple occurrence, such as a change in air pressure or environments of extreme heat can cause a Bic pen to leak and soil your clothing. There are ways to stop this from happening. Be sure to cap your pen after each use, treat the pen with some care; do not shake, twist or strongly tap it on a hard surface, and never leave pens in a hot car. If you are flying, turn the pen right-side up to equalize air pressure changes in the ink cartridge. If your pen does spring a leak, there are ways to remove it, depending what type of ink the pen held.

Items you will need

  • Alcohol-based hairspray (aerosol or pump)
  • Absorbent paper towels
  • Absorbent white rag

How to Remove Bic Pen Ink Stains

Step 1

Place paper towel under the stain area to catch excess ink.

Step 2

Saturate ink stain with hairspray.

Step 3

Blot stain with rag. Do not rub. Repeat as often as needed.

Step 4

Launder as usual.


  • Get to the stain while it is still fresh for best results.

    If you don’t have hairspray, use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Just follow the same steps as with hairspray.

    If the ink is water-based, you can use an all-purpose cleaner instead of hairspray.

    Check with a professional cleaning company if the above methods do not remove the ink stain.


  • Test hair spray or all-purpose cleaner on a concealed area of fabric before applying to stain to make sure products do not harm clothing. Read labels carefully.

About the Author

Tisha Tolar is a freelance writer and co-owner of Trifecta Strategies, LLC, where she specializes in original articles, e-books, blog posts, Web content, and marketing copy. She has been an online writer since 2007 and has co-established several websites including and She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a degree in specialized business technology.