Remember to try and determine what type of ink stained your clothing so you know what your up against before you start cleaning.
Cleaning ink stains from linen/polyester/nylon/Spandex/Lycra
Step 1: Test the solvent
Choose the alcohol-based cleaning solution of your choice, such as hand sanitizer, hair spray, or rubbing alcohol, and test it on an inconspicuous spot on the fabric to ensure it doesn't cause more damage.
Step 2: Drip the cleaner over the stain
Place the stained area over the mouth of a jar or glass, and keep the fabric stretched tight to make sure the ink doesn’t spread.
Drip the alcohol-based cleaner through the stain. It will loosen the ink, which will then be dropped into the jar.
Step 3: Rinse and dry
Once the stain is removed, rinse the stained area well with water. Air dry and check to make sure the stain is really gone.
Step 4: Launder the item
If the stain is completely removed after drying, launder the item with a natural laundry detergent and a non-chlorine bleach for an extra boost — per the instructions given with the fabric.
Getting ink stains out of wool and silk
Step 1: Blot
For wool or silk fabric, the first step is to blot out as much ink as possible.
Dampen a microfiber cloth with cold water, and dab it on the stain.
Step 2: Use a cleaning solvent
If the stain does not come off after blotting, apply an alcohol-based cleaner and blot with warm water, or use a mixture of vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio and scrub the stain.
Try using a toothbrush to really scrub into the fibers.
Step 3: Clean with water and dry
If the stain is lifted, use a cloth dampened with cold water to take off the cleaning agent.
Blot dry with a clean eco-friendly paper towel.
Getting ink stains out of cotton/chenille/corduroy
Step 1: Spray alcohol-based cleaner on the stain
Spray an alcohol-based hairspray or hand sanitizer on the stained area, and allow it to loosen the ink.
Step 2: Soak in a vinegar and laundry detergent solution
Make a cleaning solution of natural laundry detergent and vinegar diluted in water, and test it on a corner spot.
If it doesn’t damage the fabric, soak the stained area in this solution for about half an hour.
Step 3: Rinse and dry
If the stain is removed after soaking, rinse the fabric with cold water and let it air dry.
Step 4: For stronger stains, dab with alcohol
If the stain persists after soaking, dab it with a cloth dampened with your alcohol-based cleaner until the stain lifts.
Clean with a wet cloth and air dry.