How to remove ink stains from clothes

How to remove ink stains from clothes

A pen is made for writing. Generally, though, that means writing on paper, not on your clothes. Yet sometimes accidents do happen. Whether from a leaked ballpoint pen or some misplaced doodles, clothes covered in ink aren’t always the best look. One of the most effective solutions to remove ink stains from clothes is using Ariel powder. Read on to learn how to remove ink and pen marks from jeans and clothes, or watch our instruction video below.

How to remove ink stains from clothing in 6 steps

  • 1

    Prepare a soaking solution

    To start with, pre-treat the ink-stained garment. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water and add half a scoop of Ariel Washing Powder. Mix the solution by hand until the detergent is completely dissolved.

    Prepare a soaking solution
  • 2


    Add your ink-stained garments to the solution and leave them to soak for an hour. If the stained garment keeps floating to the top, place a white towel on top of it to keep it fully immersed in the soaking solution.

  • 3

    Preparing for wash

    Gently wring out the excess water.

    Preparing to wash
  • 4


    Add the detergent based on the instructions on your pack, or read our guide on how to dose washing powder and liquid detergent.

  • 5


    Load your garment into the washing machine with other, similar items and wash on your usual cycle, at the highest temperature shown on the care label.

  • 6


    After the wash cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.


Ariel’s video guide on how to remove ink stains from clothes

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How to remove ink from shirts

If the ink stain remained on your favourite shirt despite following the above steps to a tee, consider giving the below method a try:


Fill a washbasin with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and cold water


Soak the ink-stained garment for 30 minutes


Gently blot the stain with a sponge every 10 minutes


Wash the clothing as usual with your choice of Ariel detergent

These same steps can also help you to remove ink stains from white clothes.

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FAQs on how to remove ink stains from clothes

If the above guide didn’t answer all your ink-related questions, our FAQ section will most definitely will!

Effective stain removal on many stains

Ink stains may be uncommon, but they do happen. Often they’ll happen alongside other more common stains like coffee, wine or curry. When that does happen, don’t worry. Ariel has you covered against many tough stains.