**Update: This post is one of my top clicked on posts of all time. This life hack to remove pen ink really works!!!**
Bad news though – I’ve recently gotten pen ink all over the sleeves of my new jacket.
How does one get pen ink all over the sleeves you ask?
Well, while I’m out doing my weekly grocery shopping trip at Wegmans, I push the cart with one hand and hold my small coupon holder organizer, list, and pen in the other hand.
The problem is that I noticed I always hold the pen facing down toward my sleeve, and since then have discovered some nice “art work” of unwanted pen ink on my brand new jacket sleeve!
Now even though I was marking up my new coat with pen ink, I DID NOT PANIC!
I know the magic solution of how to remove pen ink from clothing! The answer? HAIRSPRAY!
Get an aerosol spray bottle of hairspray and sprtiz a healthy amount on the ink spot.
Get a damp sponge and rub the hairspray into the ink stain. I believe that the rubbing alcohol in the hairspray is the solvent that breaks down the ink and makes it disappear.
Here is my coat after just a minute of spraying with hairspray and rubbing out the ink. You may need to do this a couple of times for the ink to fully disappear.
Now my coat is dry and ink free! Pretty cool, right?? Thank you hairspray and rubbing alcohol!
Here is a quick video of me doing this in action to see how fast and easy it is. No – my hand did not move that fast in real life 😉
I used to love knowing this trick when I was still teaching high schoolers. Girls would always be so upset if they got pen ink on their shirts or pants. I’d come running out of my back room with a giant bottle of hairspray and save the day. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Can you just use rubbing alcohol instead of hairspray?
Sure – but that would involve getting a few cotton balls damp with rubbing alcohol. That just sounds like extra steps and if I had hairspray closer by (which I always do), I choose hairspray. 🙂
What other ways do you know how to get ink out of clothing? What other fun stain remover techniques do you use?
I totally would never have guessed that this would actually work to remove pen ink from clothes!
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