How to Get Ballpoint Ink Out of Clothes

Some stains on clothing can be removed with a simple wash in the washing machine. Others, like ink, require additional treatment to remove. Ink often leaves a permanent stain if allowed to set in, but can also be removed with common household items.

Ink can leave a difficult stain.
  1. Wet a clean sponge. Lightly blot the ink-stained area with the sponge, frequently moving to a clean area of the sponge until no more ink is absorbed by the sponge.

  2. Allow the clothing to air dry indoors.

  3. Spray the ink-stained area thoroughly with aerosol hair spray. Place one dry paper towel over the ink-stained area and another paper towel inside the clothing underneath the ink-stained area. Lightly press on the second paper towel with your fingers in short, dabbing motions to soak up the remaining ink stain. Allow hairspray to dry.

  4. Spray the ink-stained area again with the hairspray. Repeat dabbing process with two new paper towels. Allow the area to dry.

  5. Spray the ink stain with a stain-remover treatment. Allow the treatment to soak in to the stain for 15 to 30 minutes.

  6. Wash the garment in a washing machine with laundry detergent and the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.

  7. Remove clothing from the washer and check for stains. If the ink stain has been removed, dry as normal. If the stain is still present, repeat steps.