Rubbing alcohol or methylated spirits (denatured alcohol) from the drugstore or hardware store are ideal to remove ink stains, as long as the stains have not set. The alcohol neutralizes the pigment in the ink so it disappears. Either soak a washable garment in rubbing alcohol or methylated spirits, then wash as normal,
or use the following process:
- Dip a clean cotton swab into rubbing alcohol.
- Dab at the soaked up ink mark with the cotton swab (bud) or small sponge.
- Repeat this each time with a fresh cotton swab or sponge, as many times as needed.
- Dip another fresh cotton swab or sponge into cold water and dab the area to remove the alcohol from the fabric. For best results, let the fabric dry before trying to remove the ink stains again. Rubbing alcohol works best on a dry fabric, but after each application you must rinse it with water. The process of removing heavy ink stains is a lengthy, cyclical process of blot, rinse and dry.
- Allow the area to dry. Wash the garment as normal.