Asked on Mar 27, 2017

How does one remove ball point pen ink from a light colored shirt?

Dorothy MaurerJoanSuz22444502


14 answers
  • Wanita Strong
    Wanita Strong
    on Mar 28, 2017

    cheap hairspray and then wash as usual. Always worked for me.
  • Amapola
    on Mar 28, 2017

    Rubbing alcohol, and then wash. Works every time.
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Mar 28, 2017

  • Donna Polcari-Valladares
    Donna Polcari-Valladares
    on Mar 28, 2017

    Hairspray works for me.
  • JaineyCakes
    on Mar 31, 2017

    plain alcohol. I cleaned my white uniform with it.
  • Dfm
    on Mar 31, 2017

    if it a gel ink style pen, use carpet cleaner.
  • Pur22263160
    on Mar 31, 2017

    I've used hydrogen peroxide, hairspray, and rubbing alcohol (each worked great)! So If one doesn't work, try another.

  • Wendy
    on Mar 31, 2017

    Aerosol hairspray is the safest thing to use. Just spray some on and blot it off with a paper towel and wash as usual. Peroxide can damage some fabrics and/or dyes. Go for the safest thing first.
  • Ella Frierson Bond
    Ella Frierson Bond
    on Apr 1, 2017

    It is alcohol in the hairspray that works. Use rubbing alcohol without all the spray residue!

  • Kathryn Sanderson
    Kathryn Sanderson
    on Apr 3, 2017

    Yep, hairspray or rubbing alcohol. I think the alcohol is cheaper, but I'm not sure.

  • Pbu15938075
    on Apr 6, 2017

    Hairspray won the race! Really best solution!
  • Suz22444502
    on Apr 11, 2017

    I use Hydrogin peroxide and BLUE dawn dish soap. It has to be the BLUE dawn. Use ratio of 2 peroxide to 1 dawn. I make a big bottle up of it and store it under the sink. then just put some in a plastic tub and put the blouse or whatever you have in it. Just let it sit and every so often stir it up. Let soak till it's white or gone even if it takes overnight! This works for ALL stains, blood, ink, tomato sauces etc. I have not found anything it does not remove if your patient!!!
  • Joan
    on Apr 14, 2017

    I work in healthcare. Soak it in milk!
  • Dorothy Maurer
    Dorothy Maurer
    on May 8, 2017

    When I worked at a high school, I found a product called Carbona that worked very well for me. They have specific products for stains such as: ink, ketchup, oil, etc. as well as a prewash treatment that works very well. I use these products a lot.
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