How to Remove Black Ink

by Anthony Smith ; Updated September 28, 2017

Remove Black Ink


It can be frustrating to realize that you have gotten a black ink stain on one of your favorite shirts. But you don't have to give up and throw away your garments in this situation. With a little work, these stains often can be removed. Follow one or more of the steps below to remove black ink.

Spray the stain liberally with "light hold" hair spray. Rinse the area, and check the results. If necessary, proceed with the rest of the steps.

Make a solution of 4 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon dishwashing soap and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak the garment in the solution for one hour, and rinse it thoroughly.

Pour isopropyl alcohol on the ink stain and blot it with a paper towel that is damp with alcohol. Continue this process, swapping out to a clean paper towel as long as the towel is still bringing up ink. Rinse thoroughly.

Use fingernail polish remover and paper towels with the same blotting method described in Step 3. Again, rinse thoroughly.

Make a paste from baking powder and water, and rub it into the stain. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

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Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.