How to Remove Ink Stains
June 14, 2011 · by · 13 Comments
A few weeks ago Matt built a fort for Malea out of one of our large sheets. Malea had a friend over and unfortunately she found a red marker that had been left out. Oops.
There was marker all over the white sheet, the guest room bedspread and Malea’s teddy bear. Malea kept saying that Teddy was bleeding. :)
Her friend’s mom felt so bad but I reassured her that it was an easy fix.
As with all my random cleaning solutions, I’m not sure where I learned this but I’ve been doing it for at least 10+ years and it works every time!
The answer is hairspray.
I’ve tried this with every type of ink pen (except a permanent marker). To remove the ink spray the colored-on area with hairspray (doesn’t matter what kind), let it set for a few minutes, and then toss it in the washing machine. Wash the colored-on garment or linen just like you normally would. Check to make sure the stain came out before throwing it in the dryer. If the ink is still there repeat the process (I’ve never had to do that).
After a quick wash and dry my sheet is back to normal!