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How to Remove Ink From a Leather Handbag

It is not uncommon for a leather handbag to become stained from ink. After all, we do put pens in our handbags, and those pens can leak or accidentally mark our bags. You can clean ink stains yourself with a soft cloth, a little soap, water and possibly rubbing alcohol.

Remove Ink from leather with rubbing alcohol.

Things You Will Need

  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Soft cloths
  • Bowl
  • Rubbing alcohol

It is not uncommon for a leather handbag to become stained from ink.  After all, we do put pens in our handbags, and those pens can leak or accidentally mark our bags.

You can clean ink stains yourself with a soft cloth, a little soap, water and possibly rubbing alcohol. 

  1. Fill a small bowl with warm water. Add a few drops of a mild detergent such as Ivory or Dove. Stir with your fingers to ensure the soap is well-blended with the water.
  2. Dip the edge of a clean, soft cloth into the bowl of soapy water. Squeeze out the excess water so the cloth tip is moist.
  3. Dab the ink stain with the moistened tip of the soft cloth. Blot the moisture up with a dry edge of the cloth. Keep dabbing and blotting until the stain is gone. Re-moisten the edge of the cloth as needed. If the edge of the cloth begins to look dirty, switch to a clean edge.
  4. For tougher stains, apply rubbing alcohol to a clean, soft cloth. Wipe the ink stain with the cloth. Apply sparingly and let the alcohol dissolve the stain. Repeat if necessary. After the stain is gone, wipe the spot with the soapy water mixture and dry it with a clean, soft cloth.
  5. Warning

    Always test stain removers on a small, inconspicuous spot of your handbag to make sure the colors don't bleed or fade.

Things You Will Need

  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Soft cloths
  • Bowl
  • Rubbing alcohol

Warning

  • Always test stain removers on a small, inconspicuous spot of your handbag to make sure the colors don't bleed or fade.

About the Author

Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.

Photo Credits

  • leather female bag image by terex from Fotolia.com
  • leather female bag image by terex from Fotolia.com